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Dolls and Puppeteers: Manipulation of Consciousness in the United States

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WASHINGTON - January 17, 2019

We live in an age of information technology that can completely change human consciousness or master it. It was only recently that we had the chance of being enthralled by the expansive internet and media space.

A whole host of specialists deeply study in the field of information and communication to learn how the internet works. Security personnel monitor social networks and the internet in general to protect people from what’s dangerous. Experts work for days on content supplied in order to give the information necessary for the individual and the authorities.

We used to hear that the media and internet are a free space with reliable information, but it is not so.

So how do specialists work in tracking information? Why do we see good things on the internet when we’re happy and when we’re angry we see thousands of posts about overcoming bad moods? What is mass brainwashing and how does it work?

A group of researchers led by professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, political activist, and social critic Noam Chomsky chose a few hundred people who used the internet in certain occasions. The study ended up taking several years. The scientists studied the behavior of the people in society, chose the necessary mood at the moment, and were served certain content on the internet.

They identified ten main points on the zombification of the masses. Let’s draw a parallel with each of the points.

First, concepts must be defined. According to Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, manipulating a person's mind "is a means of enslaving him, one of the ways in which the ruling elites try to subdue the masses to their goals." Using explanatory, justifying, sometimes even glorifying myths about living conditions, manipulators provide broad support for a social order that doesn't meet the true long-term majority interests. Except for the black and colored population (except for millions of people) in North America, brutal repression (total liberty deprivation and individual enslavement) has never been used as a tool of social governance. It was resorted to only in rare cases and, as a rule, not for long. Since colonial times, the powers that be have effectively manipulated the white majority and suppressed the colored minorities.

The US is a big divided society, where manipulation serves as one of the main tools of governance in the hands of a small corporate and government bosses ruling group. There are many ways of manipulation, but the main is the control over the information apparatus and the apparatus of forming ideas. This is guaranteed with the simple rule of a market economy. The media, like all other types of property, can only be owned and managed by those with capital. Radio and TV, newspapers and magazines, the film industry and publishing houses are owned by corporate systems and information conglomerates.

The conducting of national information is currently carried out by the state capitalist economy protégés, who have settled in the executive structures of the White House, as well as in advertising agencies and public relations agencies of corporations. There is every reason to believe that media manipulation will reach an even higher level in the future. The information flow in society is a power source. It would be unrealistic to think that control of this force could be weakened.

Myths are created in order to keep people in obedience. When they manage to be invisibly introduced into the mass minds, they gain enormous power, because most people are unaware of the ongoing manipulation. A special method of myth transferring makes the management process more efficient. This is most evident in the method of dissemination of information used in the United States; let's call it fragmentation.

Fragmentation or localization is the dominant method of information dissemination. On the radio and TV numerous unrelated messages are shot into the air like gunfire. Newspapers are a thick collections of material located almost at random or in accordance with secret journalism laws. Magazines intentionally break down articles by putting the bulk of the text at the end of the issue to force the reader to view multiple ad pages.

Calls to buy attack us from all sides. The complete indifference with which advertising refers to any political and social events, breaking into the transmission, regardless of what is at stake, reduces any social phenomena to the level of meaningless incidents. Advertising, in addition to its generally recognized functions of selling goods, cultivating new consumer demands and praising the system, provides another invaluable service to the corporate economy. Its interference with information and entertainment programs reduces the already low audience capacity to assess the total nature of the event or problem covered.

Common to all radio and TV programs or the layout of the first page of a major daily newspaper is the complete heterogeneity of the material and the absolute negation of the social phenomena covered relationship. The media and their bosses boast of the frankness of the information system, which allows for the broadcasting of any critical material. The mass audience will fall for this argument and believe that it is given access to a free flow of opinions.

Now that we understand the meaning of creating myths and provocations, we can learn about other things.

         1. Distraction

The main element of social management is the distraction of people's attention from important problems and decisions taken by political and economic ruling circles, through the constant saturation of the information space with insignificant messages.

Distraction is very important for preventing citizens from obtaining important knowledge in the field of modern philosophical trends, advanced science, economics, politics, psychology, neuroscience and cybernetics.

Instead, the information space is filled with news of sports, show business, mysticism and other information based on human instincts from eroticism to hard pornography and from everyday soap stories to questionable ways to make a quick and easy profit.

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One reviewer wrote about the American newsreel that "the American newsreel tells the audience about football matches, floods, beauties in bathing suits and celebrities. The moviegoer will learn much more about Jack Dillinger or Miss America than about the metal strike or the Spanish Civil War." This combination of programs and encouragement towards passivity, devoid of vital content, is the tool of mind manipulation.

Immediate information transfer is also a mandatory element for the implementation of the method of fragmentation.

Immediacy -- reporting directly from the scene, remains one of the most important principles of American journalism. Social systems that are unable to provide immediate information are considered to be hopelessly backward and ineffective.

This is done in order to overshadow the human consciousness when it is given information specifically selected for a particular situation. The false sense of urgency that occurs from the emphasis on immediacy, creates a sense of the extraordinary importance of information. Accordingly, the ability to distinguish information by importance is weakened.

Rapidly alternating reports of plane crashes and national liberation forces, embezzlement and strikes, intense heat, etc. prevents the compilation of estimates and judgments.

In this state, the mental process of sorting, which under normal conditions contributes to the information understanding, is not able to perform this function. The brain turns into a sieve, in which a heap of sometimes important, but mostly empty information falls out every hour.

         2. Problem. Reaction. Solution.

Then a problem is created--a kind of "situation" designed to provoke a certain reaction among the population so that it itself requires the adoption of measures that are necessary for the ruling circles--for example, to allow a spiral of urban violence to take hold or to organize bloody terrorist attacks in order for citizens to demand the adoption of laws to strengthen security measures and policies that infringe on civil liberties.

In this case, the fueled media easily justifies daily television programs, in which for every hour there are half a dozen murders, claiming that TV only gives people what they want. The market readily accepts the authors' works explaining the aggressive and predatory nature of human nature, drawing parallels with the behavior of animals.

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Or to cause an economic, terrorist or man-made crisis in order to force people in their minds to take measures to eliminate its consequences, albeit in violation of their social rights, as a "necessary evil". But you need to understand that the crises themselves are not born.

The net social thesis effect that blames human nature is disorientation, complete failure not only to eliminate, but even to identify the evil's causes, and, as a main consequence, a commitment to the status quo. To believe that aggressiveness and the desire for property is peculiar to their animal nature means to mistake some people for all mankind, and modern society for all possible societies.

It's precisely in order to prevent social action that such great importance is attached to any form of pessimistic assessment of human capabilities. As long as we're doomed because of our heredity, there is little that can be changed. The entrenched social system depends on how much it manages to maintain doubt and uncertainty about human prospects in the masses, especially in the minds of its "enlightened" part.

The mind manipulators believe that the nature of man, and the world, is unchanged. Freire writes: "Oppressors develop a number of arguments that exclude the unresolved problems presence in the world, they portray the world as a kind of established organism, something given from above, something to which people, being only spectators, must adapt."

       3. Gradation

To achieve the adoption of any unpopular measures, it's enough to implement it gradually, day after day, year after year. This is how fundamentally new socio-economic conditions (neoliberalism) were imposed globally in the 1980s and 1990s.

Minimizing the state functions, privatization, uncertainty, instability, mass unemployment, wages that no longer provide a decent life: If all this happened at the same time, it would surely lead to a revolution.

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To avoid this it is necessary to focus attention on the shortcomings of revolutionary social movements and the international activities aspect of the mind manipulators to conceal from the public the reality of domination and exploitation.

Manipulators, drawing a picture of life inside the country, completely deny the existence of social conflicts. Such a statement of the question seems unrealistic at first glance. After all, violence is as characteristic of America as apple pie. And it's present not only in real life but also in imaginary life: in movies, on TV, on the radio -- the daily portion of scenes of violence is simply amazing. This contradiction is solved quite simply. The national apparatus of information processing presents the conflict as a matter exclusively individual in its manifestations, and by origin. For the manipulators of culture and information, the social roots of conflict simply don't exist. As for the main division of society --  it's usually not analyzed into workers and owners of enterprises. All attention is given to other problems--mainly the desire of the middle class to break up.

The reluctance to recognize and explain the most profound of all conflict situations of the US social system is not a new aspect of the cultural and information apparatus. Authentic works recognizing these realities are very rare in the mass flow of information. The ruling elite demands the omission or distortion of social reality. Truthful analysis and discussion of social conflict can only increase resistance to social inequality. Economically powerful groups and companies become very irritable as soon as their exploitative activities become the object of attention.

At the commercial level, the screening of films dealing with social problems is a matter of concern to the general public. Therefore, to ensure the largest possible audience, firms ordering ad programs always seek to remove potentially "contradictory" materials.

        4. A Stay of Execution

Another way to push through an unpopular solution is to present it as "painful and necessary" and to obtain the consent of citizens at the moment for its implementation in future. It is much easier to accept any sacrifices in the future than in the present.

First, because it won't happen immediately. Secondly, because the people in the masses always tend to cherish the naive hope that "tomorrow everything will change for the better" and that the victims that are required of him will be avoided. This gives people more time to get used to the idea of change and to accept it humbly when the time comes.

In the case of the situation in the United States, it can also be called a myth of neutrality. To achieve the greatest success, manipulation (or gradation) must remain invisible. Its success is guaranteed when the manipulated believes that what is happening is natural and inevitable.

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It's important that people believe in the neutrality of basic social institutions. They should believe that the government, the media, the education system and science are beyond the scope of conflicting social interests. The myth presupposes honesty and government impartiality as a whole and its constituent parts: Congress, the judiciary, and the presidency. The corruption, deception, and fraud that appears from time to time is attributed to human weaknesses.

In accordance with this mythology, the presidential power is outside the private interests sphere; it is impartial and not involved in scandalous conflicts. For more than half a century, the whole media created the myth of the FBI as a far from high-performance policy, monitoring compliance with the laws. In practice, the office was constantly used to intimidate and restrain those who aren't happy with the country's social structure.

It's believed that the media should also be neutral. Some deviations from impartiality in the news delivery are recognized, but the press assures us that these are nothing more than mistakes made by individuals. The fact that almost the entire media (press, periodicals, and TV) is a commercial enterprise profiting from trading in time does not seem to confuse apologists for the objectivity and integrity of information services.

Moreover, manipulators argue that there is no ideology acting as a control mechanism. There is only a certain information-scientific spectrum from which a neutral scientist, teacher, government official or any person chooses the information most suitable to the model of truth that he is trying to build.

        5. The Infantilization of the People

Propaganda speeches mostly designed for a wide public, using such arguments, characters, words and intonation as if we're talking about school children with delayed development or mentally disabled individuals.

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The more someone tries to mislead the listener, the more he tries to use infantile speech. Why?

If someone refers to a person as if he or she were 12 years old, then because of the suggestibility of the response or reaction of this person, there will also be no critical evaluation, which is typical for children.

         6. Focus on Emotions

The impact on emotions is a classic technique of neurolinguistic programming, aimed at blocking the human ability to rational analysis, and in the end -- in general to the ability of critical understanding of what is happening.

On the other hand, the use of the emotional factor opens the door to the subconscious in order to introduce thoughts, desires, fears, fears, coercion or sustainable patterns of behavior. Forget about how cruel terrorism is, the suffering of the hungry, and the humiliation of those society has forgotten. Emotions are the enemy of logic.

       7. Mental Debilitation of the Population

An important strategy is to ensure that people become unable to understand the techniques and methods used to manage and control their wills.

The education quality provided to the lower social classes should be as mediocre as possible so that the ignorance that separates the lower social classes from the higher social classes remains at a level that the lower classes cannot overcome.

        8. Fashion Promotion for Mediocrity

The authorities seek to introduce the idea that it is fashionable to be stupid, vulgar and ill-mannered. This method is inseparable from the previous one since everything mediocre in the modern world appears in huge quantities in all social spheres, from religion and science to art and politics.

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Scandals, yellow press and fake news, witchcraft and magic, dubious humor and populist actions — all this is useful to achieve one goal: to prevent people from having the opportunity to expand their consciousness to the vast expanses of the real world.

        9. The Cultivation of Guilt

Another task is to make a person believe that he alone is guilty of his own misfortunes, which occur due to the lack of his mental capabilities, abilities or efforts.

As a result, instead of rebelling against the economic system, a person begins to engage in self-abasement, blaming himself for everything that causes a depressed state that leads, among other things, to inaction.

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        10. Excellent Knowledge of Human Nature

Over the past 50 years, advances in science have led to a growing gap between the knowledge of ordinary people and the knowledge possessed and used by the dominant classes.

Thanks to biology, neurobiology and applied psychology, the system has at its disposal advanced knowledge of man in the fields of both physiology and psychology. The system has learned more about the average person than he knows about himself.

This means that in most cases the system has more power and more control over people than they do.

Thus, the illusion of information choice is supported by the desire of many to accept the abundance of media as content variety. It's easy to believe that a country with 6,700 commercial radio stations, more than 700 commercial TV channels, 1,5000 daily newspapers, hundreds of periodicals, the film industry, which produces about 200 feature films annually, and the private book publishing industry with a capital exceeding a $1 billion, should provide its people with great diversity in information and entertainment.

In practice, except for a fairly small select population segment that knows what it needs and can, therefore, benefit from the mass flow of information, most Americans are mostly trapped in a disenfranchised information trap. There is almost no diversity of opinions in reports abroad and on events within the country or even in local news. This is primarily due to the identity of the material and ideological interests inherent in the media owners, as well as the monopolistic nature of the information industry as a whole.

One of the myths about American TV is that it is based on the idea that it functions as a cultural democracy, according to which TV programs survive or die at the will of the audience majority. In fact, it's a cultural oligarchy, managed in the interests of advertisers the largest advertisers of TV-manufacturers of food, medicines, beverages, household goods, cars, first of all, sought the largest audience among the middle classes. The number of viewers is the main criterion in the evaluation of programs. This emphasis on popularity has created the appearance of their democratic selection. In fact, even very popular programs disappear if the audience they are designed for is not interested in advertisers.

The media operates in accordance with commercial rules, relies on advertising and is closely linked (both in structure and by virtue of relations with firms ordering advertising programs) to the corporate economy; it is an industry, not an association of independent, free-acting entrepreneurs. Of necessity, supply MIME images and messages are created to achieve the same goals that serve to ensure profitability, approval and maintenance based on private ownership and the principles of the consumer society.

From birth, an American consciously or subconsciously absorbs the information flow over his country and people, and this produces a kind of "frame of reference." Backed up in this way, the average American perceives only the information that claims the consumer society and rejects any critical material. The "frame of reference" would not be so effective if the media were truly pluralistic and their messages truly varied. Thanks to the efforts of numerous only superficially different from each other media consciousness of most people since childhood are securely programmed.

Knowledge industry: State component

An incredible amount of different kinds of information are distributed by the various authorities of the U.S. government. For example, there is data on people, production, natural resources, relations between states and much else too numerous to list.

The amount of information is related to the size of the national administrative apparatus, but only government activities provide an indication of the content and social usefulness of the information collected. The government draws attention to the economic system it serves and which controls.

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The foundation of American society is a private property-based, corporate-based, government-protected and internationally based economy. The most influential corporations have factories and subsidiaries in dozens of countries.

At the same time American business is heavily dependent on foreign raw materials and foreign markets. Profitability is the driving mechanism of the system. In the light of these determining factors, the role of information activities of the federal bureaucracy becomes clear.

The information creation and monitoring at the national level is subject to the  satisfaction of needs, the expansion of influence and the affirmation of the credibility of the dominant system. For this reason, the most complete development of state capitalism finds its expression in the educational, scientific and information sector. Indeed, the administrative state apparatus is almost inseparable from the leading core of the private communications and information sector.

According to Variety data: "the main national media, paradoxically, are firmly bound by chains of financial partnership (billions of dollars) with the government, which is actively and openly trying to suppress criticism of the administration and any criticism at all."

The government as information creator and collector

Today, the U.S. government’s spending on research and development, which is a systematic search for certain information in recent years, has gone up dramatically. Most of the federal funds went to private industrial laboratories and enterprises.

This model of funds distribution strengthens the private sector through public funds. More importantly, the possibility of developing alternative courses of economic development is extremely weakened, as the government's ability to assess new technology, new products or the overall development outlook is either very low or non-existent.

Since the Second World War, the government has invested funds in research and development in projects that directly supported the most aggressive corporate economy. The ability to unleash a World Nuclear War and intervene militarily almost instantly in any part of the world are the main achievements of hundreds of billions of dollars in research and development.

In 1970, more than four-fifths of all national research and development expenditure was concentrated in military production. The intelligence activities of numerous government organizations constitute another type of government information effort.

Both covert (intelligence) and explicit information activities of the government are aimed at maintaining the economy based on the principle of private property and the military power of the country. The annual cost of this information effort is high. The economy is forgotten, as long as we are talking about the information interests of vital centers of power. Information activities that do not directly support the corporate-government complex receive limited assistance at best.

TV since its inception has been a commercial enterprise, mainly serving the interests of the market economy. Only in 1967 were minor attempts made to create a non-profit public TV system. Since then, there has been an annual struggle for scarce funds. Despite the fact that public TV in its present form does not pose any threat to the established order, the authorities treat it with great distrust.

So what is mind manipulation and why is it necessary?

When we say manipulation of consciousness, we mean that the human race has been made to believe, as well as perceive reality in a way that does not represent the true nature of our reality.

We are constantly being fed with lies, and tend to believe them without question. Our beliefs over the world and how it is, is directly correlated to how we perceive our environment, which is directly correlated to what level of consciousness we operate at and what type of experience the human race creates for itself. How is our consciousness manipulated?

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Many examples exist to illustrate how our consciousness has been manipulated. 9/11 is a great example: Humanity was convinced of a terrorist attack that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq. This event developed a belief system in millions, if not billions of people that the world was being attacked by terrorists. From this perception, it allowed many other unethical events to unfold. Other examples are UFOs, water fluoridation, mass media, health care and education. One of the best examples is the energy industry. If we see alternative energy methods presented to us on TV, and even being implemented by multinational corporations, we believe that is the be all and end all of solutions. Did you know that we have zero point energy devices available?

It is no longer a secret that certain concepts, findings and aspects of our reality are concealed from the human race. We give our power over to a small group of elite and the corporations they run, and we are convinced that the issues on planet Earth are being dealt with. Concealment of certain aspects of reality has the potential to keep us creating the same experience for human beings on the planet, it has the ability to keep us in a perception lockdown, not knowing that there are other elements of reality that could completely change the perception of the human being, and how they operate. We have been taken out of touch with ourselves, and who we really are.

It's 2019 now, and the world is moving through a period of transparency.  Human beings are beginning to see through the veil that has blinded the masses. We are starting to question activities on planet Earth and why we operate the way we do. If you were an alien looking down on the planet, I’m sure you would scratch your head. It just doesn't make sense, and more information is presenting itself to show us that we have to do it collectively. We have to realize that we are all one human race, on planet Earth and that there is no separation between us. We are all literally facets of one another, we created everything we see here today. It's time to stop complaining and just create something new; it's as simple as that.

Author: USA Really