posted on Sep, 19 2011 @ 09:14 PM
First. I find it interesting that several of the posters in this thread feel the need to stress that they don't subscribe to the content of a certain
book, or would never read said book, but do think that people should be able to... This is the literary equivalent to the 'I am not a communist,
but...' defense of the mccarthyist era. It shows that this is a contentious issue, even though it shouldn't be.
Just because you read a book, it does not automatically follow that you agree with it, as some people seem to believe. It simply suggests that you are
interested in greater/deeper understanding of a subject, than can be had from wikipedia.
Reading 'Das Kapital' or 'Mein Kampf' gives you a greater understanding of the timeperiod of the book, the society of that time, and the ideas and
concepts that were part of that time. It doesn't automatically turn you into a communist or a nationalsocialist.
Second. The video seems seductively simple and straightforward, but it is, in a sense' a trick.
Listen to the carefully crafted way that the offer is stated. 'If you guys are interested in having any of these books banned, you can vote for up to
By asking this way, he is seeding the mind of the people he approaches, with a premise that states 'burning books is perfectly fine'. Then to ensure
that their mind won't focus on the premise, he offers that they can vote for up to three, which tricks the mind into focusing on the selection of
votes and not the premise.
The whole thing is presented in a tone and bodylanguage that is casual and nonspecific, and designed to send the message that the voter should not
think too much about it. Most people will comply with his nonverbal instructions and will soon vote their three choices.
In advertising you learn that people will lose interest the more effort they have to apply. This is why advertising is about concenntrating the
message and placing it at the top, or right below breasts, behinds or faces. Here we have 11 bookcovers, with the most recent at the top. As you can
see, most people expend their 3 votes before ever reaching the second row, because they act on impulse and emotion.
All in all a clever little experiment in deception and misdirection.