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  •  "my country go dead makee money" (5+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, basquebob, Egalitare, xgy2, alain2112

    sang Nigerian great Fela.

    The greatest triumph of modern advertising/mass-manipulation is to get people to value the trivial while ignoring the consequential. The beauty, for them, is they get people to volunteer for it.

    There's only a slight miss in what Aldous Huxley wrote:

    “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”
    – Aldous Huxley
    I doubt he could foresee electronic media, which itself seems to act like a drug. I don't know of any study, but it seems that such media engage our attention on a pre-critical thinking level, and that compulsively.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 08:25:06 PM PDT

    •  but he did get television in the 1930s.... (4+ / 0-)
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      .... and the Feelies (movies with tactile sensations), this at a time when television in the real world was still basically a laboratory experiment.

      By the 1950s, TV was established, and pharmacology was the up-and-coming field, with a proliferation of new tranquilizers.

      Today since pharmaceuticals are regulated and electronics aren't, the latter are the dominant mode of social control.  This to the point where people eagerly and happily carry around tracking/surveillance devices everywhere they go.

      "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

      by G2geek on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 09:29:07 PM PDT

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