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
(please note, Cracked.com is a humorous site and may have images and language that, although not pornographic, may not be suitable for
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
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
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!"