posted on Feb, 8 2010 @ 10:54 AM
The process of oversocialization may seem very obvious to us but remember that this is never publicly addressed as "brainwashing" or in any case
something negative. As Democratic societies strive to let each individual achieve maximum "freedom," consensus on basic values and ideas are lost,
and as a result internal fractions are created. In this case the state has to step up and regulate people so that chaos or revolutions do not break
out. The concept of "freedom" is therefore very vague, but if we assume that it means being able to do what one wants and say what one thinks, this
does not necessarily presuppose a state of "freedom." If the individual in a society has values and ideas that do not clash with general consensus,
there is no need for an extended form of liberalism or Democracy.
When our politicians speak of "freedom," they refer to the consensus they want you to agree upon. To disagree with public consensus would be to
disagree with capitalism, Democracy, liberalism, individualism and so forth, which means you'd become- a terrorist! As such, the public image of
"freedom" does NOT reflect a "total freedom," but one limited within the space that our political and cultural leaders decide we must follow. In
order to have individuals follow these regulations and laws, a system of silencing oppression and maintaining public ideas, must be set up for the
people. Democracy does this primarily by means of mass media. All people in Democratic societies read newspapers, watch TV, talk to friends, and
listen to political speeches on the radio almost every single day. This means that people consume information on a regular basis, information that of
course stems from few monopolized sources that work in accordance with the public image. Thus the myth of a "free" massmedia is a lie: the
government won't tell you everything, but what they would like you to hear. And you swallow, right?