Propaganda War unleashed on American and Syrian citizens.
“The reality is that organizations use advertising to control thought.”
Everyone should remember the propaganda that led to the Iraq invasion. We were told they had Nuclear weapons. We were told they had chemical and biological weapons. We soon learned that we had sold them to Iraq a few years before. We were led to believe and stand behind a lie. It is a fact that we now know with certainty.
Included below is a link to an article and an excerpt from that article included for educational purposes from USAToday.com. The article discusses propaganda and how even those who truly believe, without a doubt, they could not fall for such, they almost always do.
The newest flash across headlines involving propaganda being used against the United States citizens is once again weapons of mass destruction, WMDs. This time the nation that we may soon destroy and leave in shreds is Syria. Fox news is peppering the public with treasonous brainwashing, and committing crimes for which they should be punished, possibly with treason. Psychological studies dating back centuries have shown that propaganda is very effective. Tell people that your enemy is doing harm to women and children, like Anaheim Police recently did and the people that listen to your words and believe them erupt in anger. Who doesn’t erupt in anger over the pain of children like those of The Bravest Girl?
Our eyes as a nation must clear up to see the techniques that are used to brainwash us. There is no reason for our wars overseas other than greed.
FoxNews is reporting on Syria:
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as unimaginable a scenario in which “the people who are conducting with Iran all these terror attacks around the world” obtain chemical weapons.
“It’s like Al Qaeda having chemical weapons,” Netanyahu said. “It’s something that is not acceptable. … We’ll have to act to stop (it) if the need arises. And the need might arise if there is a regime collapse, but not a regime change.”
You can Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/24/source-cia-ramps-up-intelligence-operation-to-fill-syria-void/#ixzz21agzC4yi
“””In fact, psychologists have shown that people respond far more readily to propaganda, otherwise known as advertising, than they are willing to believe:
•Just giving medical students pens with a drug’s name on them made the students significantly more favorably disposed toward the medication than otherwise, despite their immersion in classes aimed at letting them rationally evaluate drug benefits, found a 2009 Archives of Internal Medicinereport.
•Remember shaking hands with Bugs Bunny at Disneyland? Roughly a third of people presented with a fake ad depicting a visit to Disneyland that featured a handshake with Bugs later remembered or knew the meet up with the ‘wascally wabbit’ had happened to them, according to a 2001 University of Washington study. Even though Bugs is owned by Warner Brothers and verboten at a Disney facility, so it couldn’t have happened.
•In a famous 1951 experiment led by Swarthmore’s Solomon Asch, 76% of people conformed at least once to what they heard other people arguing was the correct length of a line on a scale right in front of their face, even though it was plainly wrong. The people arguing for the incorrect measurement were all plants, but overall, 33% of participants went along with the group, even though they were spouting nonsense. A follow-up study in a 1955 Journal of Abnormal Psychology report found even under anonymous conditions, about 23% of people preferred to believe what people were saying about the line rather than the evidence in front of their own eyes.
“If you are inclined to believe that people do all their thinking rationally, then you might accept that more information is better, and that eventually the good information will drive out the bad,” says journalist Shankar Vedantam, author of the just-released The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives. “Unfortunately, there is a small warehouse full of research showing it is an error to believe we live according to reason. Rather we make decisions with our unconscious.”
Ironically enough, Vedantam points to 2008 experiments by Yale political scientist John Bullock on people’s perception of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., for example. Volunteers rated their opinion of Roberts, and then some were shown a NARAL Pro-Choice America ad, released during his 2005 court nomination, which accused Roberts of “supporting violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber.”
Among Democrat study volunteers, disapproval of Roberts went from 56% to 80% after seeing the ad. The study volunteers were then told that the ad had been repudiated and was in error. But the disapproval of Roberts only dropped to 72%, “even though the volunteers all acknowledged the ad was wrong,” Vedantam says. “Unconsciously, not only does good information not drive out bad information. It often actually amplifies the bad information.”
Both Democrats and Republicans demonstrate the same reliance on unconscious biases to make decisions, he adds. “The only thing I can take away from all this is to try and be a little more humble when I see a political ad and it is making me draw any conclusions.”
Advertising folks have known all this of course, long before the Mad Menera. In 1928, pioneering public relations expert Edwards Bernays, “the father of public relations,” published the book, Propaganda, which argued: “conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” Bernays suggested advertisers rely on a “herd instinct” in people, much like the desire to conform demonstrated by the 1951 experiments, to sell their products.
In the Supreme Court decision, Kennedy also found: “When Government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought.”
But psychology suggests otherwise, Nosek says. “The reality is that organizations use advertising to control thought.””””