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6 Brainwashing Techniques They're Using on You Right NOW

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posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 01:58 PM
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As I was killing time at work....uhhm, I mean researching, I stumbled across this article on Cracked.com entitled 6 Brainwashing Techniques They're Using on You Right NOW (please note, Cracked.com is a humorous site and may have images and language that, although not pornographic, may not be suitable for certain environments).

Although the site is generally meant for humorous discussion, there are occasionally some articles that are very real. I think that the writer brings up some very good points with extremely relevant examples and does it in a way that is very accessible. I think I will be passing this article on to some of my friends who generally do not like this type of discussion because it is "boring".

For those that might not be able to access the site due to firewalls or whatnot, here is a list of the 6 techniques:

1. Chanting Slogans
"Four more years! Four more years!"
"Say it with me now!"

2. Slipping BS into Your Subconcious
"A single anonymous source will report to some news blog that, say, Senator Smith runs a secret gay bordello in New Orleans. The headline will read:
NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT SMITH'S SECRET GAY BORDELLO
Or perhaps there'll just be a question mark on the end:
SMITH: SECRET GAY BORDELLO ASS MASTER?
It doesn't matter that the headline merely involves "questions" about the bordello. The idea has been planted, and two months later when somebody mentions Senator Smith around the water cooler you'll say, "The gay bordello guy, right?"

3. Controlling What You Watch and Read
"Of course the public is misinformed! They're reading that trash in the liberal mainstream media!"
"Of course the public is misinformed! They're watching Faux News and the other trash in the corporate mainstream media!"

4. Keeping You in Line with Shame
"They" know that if they can paint an idea as ridiculous, the listener usually won't bother examining it any closer to find out if the ridicule is justified.

5. Black and White Choices
"Will we fight? Or run away as cowards?!?"
"You're not in favor of the death penalty? So you want murderers to just roam free then!"

6. Us vs Them
"The heart of America ain't in Hollywood! It's right here in [insert name of small town]!"
"You can listen to what I have to say, or bury you head in the sand with the rest of the sheeple!"




posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 02:05 PM
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Originally posted by kawz1
5. Black and White Choices
"Will we fight? Or run away as cowards?!?"
"You're not in favor of the death penalty? So you want murderers to just roam free then!"


Not only are these statements 'black and white,' they are also loaded. The message is if you choose to not fight, you are a coward or if you are not in favor of the death penalty, you are in favor of murderers roaming free. These loaded statements imply that there is only one consequence to the choice.

This type of retoric is so common in society today. . . ie. either you are with us or you are our enemy.



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 02:28 PM
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It would seem that mind control is everywhere lately.
and its getting worse all the time

www.neuropop.com...

Weapons Grade sound ????



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 02:32 PM
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dont forget the repatition system too


terrorist terrorist terrorist iran terrorist terrorist terrorist iran terrorist terrorist Al-queda

you also get to link groups without links like iran and al-queda, or iraq and al-queda as it started out



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 02:45 PM
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This has been around for thousands of years...Its called rhetoric.

Most people usually dont know they are using it. But there are several dozen methods.

Here is a list of them

Study here

Its my favorite subject.

There are also visual and audio sounds of rhetoric.

Its how salesmen do their jobs, writers, poets, media, advertising, etc, etc

All of the people who make millions in jobs like that all started with a simple rhetoric class.

But, there is hope, because if you know what form of rhetoric someone is using while using it...it doesent work on you.

Some are harder than others to figure out...but that only means the person is good at using them.



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 02:52 PM
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i gave this a star and flag not because it's a comprehensive list of rhetoric and mind-control techniques, but it is a basic list and easy to understand to get people started. NLP is the use of these techniques but taken to a whole new level alltogether. I recommend people doing research on this. Being a published writer, i also know just how deceptive and sneaky you can be just by wording whings a little differently than you normally would, i use it to "grab" a reader and keep them turning pages, others might not be so innocent...

know your enemy



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 02:57 PM
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The great thing about mind control is that it is really just an influence. Once the influence is removed, no more sense of control. I'm not sure what's scarier; the idea of mind control, or that people actually believe they can be controlled.



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 03:09 PM
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Originally posted by Perfectenemy05
This has been around for thousands of years...Its called rhetoric.

Most people usually dont know they are using it. But there are several dozen methods.

Here is a list of them

Study here


Awesome link! I'll have to bookmark that for later.


Originally posted by Perfectenemy05
i gave this a star and flag not because it's a comprehensive list of rhetoric and mind-control techniques, but it is a basic list and easy to understand to get people started.


Definitely. I posted this hoping that others might be able to pass the article along to their friends that might not want to be "lectured" to in regards to this topic. It is a very important topic and I feel like the writer did an excellent job in making it funny and accessible.



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 03:42 PM
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Originally posted by Perfectenemy05
This has been around for thousands of years...Its called rhetoric.



Oh, ya beat me to it.


I would suggest more people on ATS do a study into it so that they can see how bloated with misguided rhetoric most of the "evidence" out there is regarding many conspiracies.

Probably the most contrived:

United States is a corporation.
You are not your ALL CAPITAL LETTER NAME.
You don't have to pay taxes.



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 04:02 PM
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Good find OP,

I really like the way he has presented the truth, some good humour too!

Personally I will email it to everyone in my Contacts, Down to earth reality of Spin and Media/Population Control with a laugh or two.

It is a quick easy guide to the Nazi way of governing us we now all experience!

Kind Regards,

Elf



posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 04:28 PM
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Mind control works, too well in some cases. The goverment use to do it to captured Enemy combatants. China did it aswell. Cults Use real brainwashing techniques to get followers also



posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 05:59 AM
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To bump this,

Has anyone shared this with their friends who don't normally look into the "alternative" or "conspiracy theme" as its simple, easy to follow and very informative?

A few people I know started to "get" what I have been on about after watching this.

As the American People and indeed the world is being totally bamboozled at the moment by the mega wealthy and politicians this is a good time to share this information.

Many years ago I worked within the Mental Health, and Youth work field's Just like us as societies now many "abuse" victims has become "de sensitized" to the abuse they were suffering, it was the "norm" and they knew nothing else.

Humans like to keep stability and the status quo even if it is bad to them, as it is familiar and known, and the "fear" created by new paths, or life is felt more acutely than the feelings from de sensitized abuse.

Just like society now.
Are we going to stand up to the bullies, or at least talk about with the rest of the class the truth?
Or have they got you soo scared of our "401's" and "collapsing" economies we wll sign away all economic power from government to a Privately Owned bank employee, whilst also selling our grandchildren's time and labour for the privilege?


Spread the truth not their fears.

Kind Regards,

Elf



posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 10:01 AM
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I read this the other day on that site and actually sent it to a bunch of people I know. It's comedy but also true so those who aren't used to it can follow and understand. Good post on ATS OP.



posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 01:36 PM
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I sent this to a few of my friends and the response was a mixed bag. Some people really liked it and thought it was hilarious and very true. However, most of my friends only subscribed to the former.

Although they found the article humorous and entertaining, they did not seem to pick up on the "brainwashing" aspect of it. They dismissed a large portion of it as harmless marketing techniques that the media/candidates/PTB use to try and garner support. For many, the line between marketing and thought-control is very blurred. We have become a culture that accepts the deceitful and very intentional tactics employed by people that do not have our best interests in mind. We don't even question it anymore.

Being a child of the 80's, I can relate this. We grew up on cartoons that were created in order to sell products. The MTV generation that was raised on sex and violence being actively marketed to us by the record labels and tv/film industry. The internet age where we are all a sample study for behavioral marketers. They have turned us into a people that only respond to these brainwashing techniques designed to restrict free thought.

THEY are winning...but everyone loves a come from behind victory, so here's hoping!



[edit on 25-9-2008 by kawz1]



posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 01:16 PM
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There are also other forms of "rhetoric"

Certain colors make you feel a certain way...

I betcha that if you work in an office the colors are very bland and uniform. I believe this is a way to make everyone un creative and only think what your told to think kind of mentality.

Take for instance the color red...red is a stimulating color...gets the "blood" flowing

Read here


next you have music...we all know "sad" music and we all know "upbeat music"

Ever been in a Guess? or a Hollister? What kind of music is playing? Upbeat techno...usually kind of loud

Thats because studies show that upbeat music actually increases impulse buys

Its funny when you actually start reseaching this stuff how much its in your day to day life. You might actually become very pissed off because of how much manipulation goes into your job, stores you shop in, your media sources, billboards, EVERYTHING!!!!






posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 01:20 PM
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If you would all like to know more about written rhetoric its pretty much all I study about and would love to make the general public more aware of it because its so damn interesting.

It can help you from writing e-mails to your boss regarding a long over-due raise or even help you pick up chicks.

Super awesome.



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