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Time for a look at propaganda:

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posted on Apr, 1 2013 @ 09:10 AM
OK, the main reason I created this thread is because of the idealizations about North Korea,among other things, what they have, what they dont have, maybe its a moral thing for Americans mostly to take the "piss"out KJU, but in all seriousness a mature look at how propaganda and manipulation works is needed, with out letting arrogance and bravado stand in the way.

β€œThe conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” ― Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

Edward Louis Bernays (November 22, 1891 – March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as "the father of public relations".[1] He combined the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud. He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the 'herd instinct' that Trotter had described.[2] Adam Curtis's award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC, The Century of the Self, pinpoints Bernays as the originator of modern public relations, and Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.[3]

Bernays literally enslaved the populations of the west with his subtle methods of propaganda, as we know it "public relations". your attitudes towards just about everything are shaped for you by a preconceived formula from one man. Edward Bernaise.

In theory, every citizen makes up his mind on public questions and matters of private conduct.

posted on Apr, 1 2013 @ 10:09 AM
Not only was Freud, Bernays uncle, he was his double uncle. Bernays mother was Freud's sister while Freud's wife was the sister of Bernays father. Or was that the other way around?

A story about Bernays that I like is the one where he consulted with the early women's rights movement. In preparation for an early women's right march and demonstration, he suggested that all the marchers hold up little torches of freedom. Those torches were cigarettes. And of course, Bernays was employed by a large cigarette company.

posted on Apr, 1 2013 @ 10:46 AM
reply to post by PLAYERONE01

Thank you for making this thread.
It has been discussed before, but it is important in these neophillic days, to bring the background of brainwashing and manipulation that is Modern Media to the forefront of peoples' minds, especialy in the context of Geopolitics.

We are constantly being fed tainted and restricted information,
like the koreans, just not as extreme.

Bernays has a lot to answer for, or would have.

Most of the bad, rotten bits of our western society are because of him and his techniques.

Knowledge is power.

Everyone should watch these videos and be aware that they are being manipulated.

posted on Apr, 1 2013 @ 11:27 AM
There were a bunch of Marxist radicals in the '60s who first uncovered the system of control developed by Bernay and his acolytes, and they called it the "Society of Spectacle"...

From the other side of the front lines in Bernay's war on the mind.

WARNING: forgot to mention there are a lot of boobs in that video! Not work-friendly... both in the image and the idea.

edit on 1/4/13 by Echtelion because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 1 2013 @ 11:45 AM
Manipulation of the public has happened in every society since the dawn of time. Its not a new concept.

Why do you think the Romans put on their gladiator games? It wasn't to impress the Ceasar or whoever was in power, it was to help control the populace with distraction.

In my opinion, a government that doesn't try and use the media, or whatever outlet they have available, as a tool to help promote a stable society, is failing in one of their job duties.

Now you can certainly argue about whether or not they are doing things in a positive way or negative way but manipulation, in some form, will always happen.

Sometimes its not even the government doing it. The only reason we fought the Spanish-American war was because Hearst wanted it and used his media empire to whip the nation into a frenzy. The government did not want to go to war but due to public outcry they were forced to.

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