Break Through The Propaganda Barrier

The Premise

 

I don't know about you, but I am really tired of being slammed by non-stop advertising in and on every conceivable public media and venue in our country. It's everywhere, a pernicious and viral contaminant of civilization, highly corrosive to the individual and the collective soul. At its base is an aim to influence, nay, to control your very life and the choices you make, should you allow it. All of which is quite damaging should you be wondering who you are, or why you are here, or what the point of life is. It is always eager to answer those "big three" questions for you, but at a terrible price.

 

To help understand just how caustic it is, I suggest watching the 2002 four-part BBC documentary, "The Century of the Self."

You'll soon discover its genesis spawned in the 1920s and 1930s by Sigmund Freud, and its eventual implementation as a control mechanism of the masses introduced by Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, the inventor of public relations and author of a now infamous primer on propaganda. It is all so diabolical because its premise is to manipulate you by bypassing your rational thought and burrowing down to needle your deepest psychological desires and fears. It was the advent of blitz advertising. And it launched a worrying assault on the concept of self.

 

And now, 80 or so years since its inception, it is easy to extrapolate how its principles have been incorporated into virtually every  endeavor, from art to science to politics and religion, with the aim of mercilessly bludgeoning you into a guileless, ravenous consumer.

 

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