Here’s a very simple example of what being manipulated looks like and how it affects us unconsciously even when it’s a little obvious it has been done. Starting at the 16:22 mark of this episode of Brain Games, you’ll see how two teams wound up acting very differently and what the results were. Then you’ll see how they were prepped psychologically to make this the case.
That is just about as simple as you can make it and still maintain the idea that his can be done on larger scales. Are there realworld examples? Yes, there are:
This was one of those things that make Keith Olbermann, who had his show on MSNBC at the time, suggest that these folks may have been bribed by the Koch brothers to disrupt the meetings. No such connection was ever found.
A possible reason for that: Because you don’t have to actually pay people. You just have to scare the shit out of them. Behind many mass email chains lies a political operative or a group of them. We see this most often during an election, when flyers arrive in the mail discussing things like banning the bible, or whathaveyou. Now, we have these practices year-round in order to alter and influence policy, legislation, and court rulings. They are written to exploit existing fears and expand to beliefs that serve a larger political purpose, sometimes to create the appearance of false consensus or at least one based on disinformation.
This is what the Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency have been up to, including testing it on Facebook and other social media. The project we know about is called MINERVA and it reportedly grew out of the 2008 financial crisis. Researchers initially denied the project had Defense funding, but that was later proven to be a lie. As proponents of mass surveillance like to point out, if the government and its private partners have nothing to hide, why hide what it is funding? What it is doing?
Banks nearly destroyed the financial system, so of course the Pentagon wants to know how to manipulate people and make them crazy, angry, depressed, fearful, desperate, and–one cannot help but wonder–violent. The only real explanation for that two-part chain of events involves feces, a hill, and gravity.
But I hope it is easy to see how easy it is to do, and how effective it can be even on a small scale. Being bombarded with images, such as we will be all day on 9/11 this year, has a major effect on our perception of the world. And it doesn’t always lead to a clearer understanding of it, often just the opposite.
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