posted on May, 9 2013 @ 07:00 PM
Just another angle to add on this topic.
Psychology is an important part of an effective media campaign. Wether one is running for office, or promoting (read propegandising) a certain veiw
on a divisive topic. Ever wonder why products in stores are 99 pence or cents, instead of a straight pound or dollar? Back a while, I thought that it
might be a tax issue, but it turns out that it is all about psychology. When a product is just 99p people are more likely to purchase it on a whim,
because it is not a whole pound.
Seems ridiculous, but its been working well for major companies for years. I would imagine that this simple marketing ploy, of using numbers which
please the target audience for some reason, is not lost on governments, media organisations, journalists and lobbyists. Of course, because the ploy is
so well known, it has to be applied in a more subtle manner to work in this context, but thats what psychology is all about. Its about being able to
use very nuanced tactics to either learn about a persons inner core, or in other cases, about knowing how to press a persons buttons in order to
produce a desired result.
The military (most nations) know about this, which is why there is so much attention paid to psyops. I wouldnt be at all suprised to find that the
numbers you are seeing have some suprising characteristics, discovered during psychological testing of some sort. I often see the percentages 47, 51,
and 54 when watching BBC News. One COULD merely assume that the reason for that is that my nation is divided on some key issues, and God knows I could
believe that without some clandestine campaign backing it up. But, I can see where you are coming from in being concerned, and this is an interesting