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  •  Okay, so we don't want wikileaks because (13+ / 0-)

    it exposes lies? Got it.

    Thanks for all your efforts, Micheal.  Keep up the good work on behalf of ordinary people.

    I just read Wendell Potter's book, which I was motivated to read after seeing him apologize to you on Keith Olbermann.  The book is very readable and very eye opening.  I found myself really enraged at times, and babbling about it to everyone I see.  It was so informative, especially about the public relations industry, which he is careful to say is not always evil.  He does such a good job drawing the connections between the tobacco industry public relations campaigns of the past (especially the very successful campaigns to entice young women to smoke in the 1920s) and the lessons learned and applied by not only the health insurance industry, but big oil, big soda and others, especially big finance today.  It is truly disgusting.  

    People on this website refer to "astro-turf" campaigns and organizations that are created by slick PR companies to give the impression of popular support for an idea on behalf of their clients, but Potter goes into the details, and explains how the system works.  And why it works:  there is very little real media attention to these things beyond reporting the press releases put out by these PR companies and their puppets.  There is seemingly so little curiosity about where the funding for all these slick campaigns is coming from, in part at least because news companies have cut back so much and there is very little real journalism going on.  I can't recommend Potter's book enough.

    Although, I did refuse to buy the book at the store, so as not to contribute too much to Potter because I don't think he deserves to be financially rewarded.  I ordered it through interlibrary loan and had to wait several weeks to get it because apparently, there are less than 10 copies available in central Mass. and lots of people are on the waiting list.  It was worth the wait.

    •  Eye opening documentary from the BBC (9+ / 0-)

      called The Century Of Self: Happiness Machines

      It's a four part series on Google Videos. I haven't been able to embed without the autoplay activating. Just click on the link. Here's a description,

      The story of the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his American nephew, Edward Bernays. Bernays invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud's ideas to manipulate the masses. He showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn't need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires. Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion, using every trick in the book, from celebrity endorsement and outrageous PR stunts, to eroticising the motorcar. His most notorious coup was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. But Bernays was convinced that this was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. It was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle had identified, people could be made happy and thus docile. It was the start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate today's world.

      Please watch this as it will explain SO MUCH of our current predicament.

      Cynicism is voter suppression we do to ourselves. h/t Errol

      by kafkananda on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 07:46:10 AM PST

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