We live in a society where seeing is believe so think about this; if those in control of the communications outlets control what we see, wouldn't they also have major influence in what we believe in?
Noam Chomsky is a world renounced scholar who has been a key figure in understanding how societies operate and how the power structures manipulate information to control popular conscience.
Edward Bernays is considered the father of public relations and propaganda in modern society. He lays out in his book Propaganda how it is possible to sway popular opinion through certain methods. The U.S.A government and other governments have adopted and implemented Bernays methods in order to control their societies. This knowledge is not talked about or taught in schools so most people can't perceive that this sort of programing campaign has been going against them since their early age.
One idea laid out in hist book is to build coliseum like arenas (sports stadiums) all over the nation to divide the country into sectors and deviate the pride from the more important things like having pride for their own country or for their constitution. Another strategy is to appeal to peoples emotions to bend their logic and consent. A popular example where we see this strategy implemented, was when the US government along with the mass communications outlets paired up to convince the american populous that it was necessary to invade a country which we now know had no ties with 9/11. The strategy was to invoke pride, anger, and fear into the american people instead of talking factually. We all know that Iraq had no nuclear weapons in their possession, yet we still invaded with the back up of the majority of the American people because most people acted upon that emotion successfully invoked from the campaigning done by those wanting to invade Iraq. Like this example there are many and the more you look into this you realize that the programing propaganda is everywhere.
Again, if we live in a society where seeing is believe so think about this; if those in control of the communications outlets control what we see, wouldn't they also have major influence in what we believe in?
Written by Juan Angulo