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  •  That's the whole point of propaganda - to fool (14+ / 0-)

    people who mostly want to be fooled into believing a particular world view.

    For instance: a bigoted, self-destructive, liberal-hating idiot will watch Fox News just so s/he can say "See, I was right all along."

    It's really quite a socially destructive feedback loop. It is the antithesis of any social good TV represented.

    Romney - his fingernails have never been anything but manicured.

    by Pescadero Bill on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 08:45:33 AM PDT

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    •  Your whole comment describes my Klan (14+ / 0-)

      in the Deep South exactly.

      That's the whole point of propaganda - to fool people who mostly want to be fooled into believing a particular world view.

      For instance: a bigoted, self-destructive, liberal-hating idiot will watch Fox News just so s/he can say "See, I was right all along."

      It's really quite a socially destructive feedback loop. It is the antithesis of any social good TV represented.

      It's very frustrating (and exasperating) trying to talk about any state, national or international current events with my family, as they only watch Fox Noise.   They adamantly refuse to allow any other input from anywhere else, unless it's some ultra-rightwing online source. (You know, the ones creating all those stoopid, inane "rumor" emails that get forwarded to all of us, like, "Obama is secretly building concentration camps all over the country to round up 'conservatives' in after the election.").

      When I gave 'em a copy of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine, they refused to even open the book, alleging that they already knew it was "lib'rul" left-wing propaganda.   Huh??

      They simply don't allow in any input contrary to their world-view.  I believe it's because of what you said:

      [They] watch Fox News just so s/he can say "See, I was right all along."
      That's certainly the smug, self-righteous inference I get from my Klan's attitude when I suggest that maybe they should change the channel and get some other information and viewpoints.   No way! we wanna see the Teevee agree with us, so we feel justified with our narrow-minded, willfully ignorant, low-information opinions.

      I just can't figure out how to break this closed-loop brainwashing cycle in my otherwise educated, intelligent, good-natured family members.  I just can't figure it out.  Been trying since the Clinton years...

      •  Cognitive dissonance (3+ / 0-)
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        I've accepted that you can't break the loop from without. The only thing I have any success with is to inject an unassailable fact into the conversation and then nod patiently at any response. Let them see you calm but unconvinced by their views.

        When someone is caught up in a delusion, telling them they are delusional only makes them retreat deeper into their conspiracy theories. However, sometimes their dealing with dissonant facts will remove a brick or two from the foundation until eventually the structure may crumble of its own weight.

        I've found that pointing out that the middle class has been shrinking fast since the time of Reagan while the wealthy have accumulated more and more is very difficult for them to deal with especially with Romney as their man.

        Romney's running for office for Pete's sake - which is great if you're a billionaire named Pete.

        by ebrann on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 05:23:56 PM PDT

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