posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 01:04 PM
reply to post by poet1b
You are correct that the "in" that is used to spread the meme we are discussing is self interest. Ad agencies and others who have a vested interest
are well aware that to sell people on anything you are best served by appealing to the self interest of the people you are trying to influence to buy
Its just how it works.
But, like Plato argued long ago, humans have a really hard time seeing their "enlightened self interest." Which for practical purposes can be
translated to real, long term self interest. They are easily sold with things that promise them "short term benefit" even if those things cause them
much more harm in the long run.
You cant eliminate self interest from humans. Its bred into us. Plato and many philosophers, and evolutionary ___________ (Psychologists,
anthropologists, etc) and even economists know this. Its a fact. Self interest is here to stay. What you CAN do is make sure people know that what
appears to be in their short term self interest, really isnt. Or what actually IS in their short term best interests is strongly opposed to their
long term best interests.
But to do that, you have to have a platform or means to spread that information widely, and consistently. Like the media. And you really cant do
that when a handful of wealthy powers and people own the vast majority of media outlets. You could back in the day when all you had to compete with
was newspapers and had a high degree of illiterate people in the population. Now, you really cant.
Somehow, the problem of the media and who owns and controls it, and the impact that has on elections HAS to be addressed. Its an absolute necessity.
Its why so much time and money has been spent by "the opposition" to our way of thinking on controlling it, and securing "freedom of speech" for
corporations, including the right to run as many political ads as they want.
They have done that because they recognize that he who controls the flow of information controls the people. WE need to recognize that too, and act
to change it.
edit on 29-6-2011 by Illusionsaregrander because: (no reason given)