Even if you have never watched “Pinky and the Brain” you can guess that three flamingos and a pair of Capri pants generally won’t allow you to take over the world… But I will say it CAN be used to your advantage. If we go by the premise that it’s smart to control your people what would be some or one of the best way(s) to do that?
One underhanded way that also provides a sense of freedom of thought or choice, perhaps safety or a “call to action” IS by controlling WHAT your people are talking about and HOW they are talking about it. WHEN is also a good deal too.
I’m sure I am not the only one who has said we’re living in an age of bread and circuses… I think the more disconcerting thing is our circuses are becoming more polarized. “My circus is ordained by consciously rational human beings and your circus is the epitome of asinine kool-aid drinking baboons.”
It continually makes me wonder, “Are we the newest version of Rome?”
Thought bullets for perhaps another article
- Our country is set up more like Rome (a Republic … “and to the Republic for which it stands “) than Greece (a democracy)
- Though personally I think we’re more an oligarchy
Random Pinky quote:
“I think so, Brain, but can the Gummi Worms really live in peace with the Marshmallow Chicks?”
I have a lot of Facebook friends who have been quite vocal regarding political philosophies and (I’m sorry) agendas from both the left and the right. It is irritating to see so many examples of Godwin’s Law ….
Basically it’s a clumsy attempt of controlling what your people are talking about and how…or to shut them up. Perhaps at one time it held the appropriate shock value; however, today it is a ruder version of “you’re a stinky boo-boo head” and makes the ‘voicer’ look intellectually challenged.
Random Pinkie quote: “I think so, Brain, but Zero Mostel times anything will still give you Zero Mostel.”
I spent some time looking up definitions for fascism, corporative fascism, socialism, democratic socialism, communism, capitalism….and the various similarities and differences between them.
* ^ Definitions are very important to swing the masses. Either get your people to use the correct word or change the definition. ^
Along the way I’ve found interesting reads (and some not so much)…many having spin in one direction or another. I suppose that’s normal because we as humans have subjective opinions which can be tolerated in various degrees based on reasonable parameters and audience.
Some examples (and I picked to break out fascism because…. You got it, Godwin’s Law. Nazis … Socialism or fascism? Fascism. ….and BTW I loved the riddle answer incorporated in the above link.
Anyway some of what I’ve read:
- “Fascism is best described as a merging of corporate and government interests. In simpler terms, it’s when corporations have taken over the government.”
- Fascism “descends from the Latin ‘fasces’, the bundle of sticks used by the Romans to symbolize their empire. This should clue you in that Fascism attempts to recapture both the glory and social organization of Rome. Most generally, “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”
- The only official definition of Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist philosophy.
Personally, I find it valuable to be presented similar information from widely different viewpoints. I find it provides a better pool of information to draw one’s own conclusions and preferable to accepting a glass of whatever blindly from one of the circuses.
* ^ Of course it’s also helpful when countering those troublemakers trying to upend your endeavors on controling subject matters and spin, because of course, the best defense is a good offense. ^
Random Pinkie quote: “I think so, Brain, but Lederhosen won’t stretch that far.”
During my search I found this college presentation illustrating the concept of CONTROLING your people…through what information is channeled to the population, how and yes, even when. It is using an incredible medium, the press.
The lesson’s name is: Mainstream Media as a Weapon of Social Engineering and War
It’s long but it provides an insight not generally shown. If you go to the PDF form there is a list of source materials which you can fact check for yourself. I haven’t gotten there yet. I have watched about 30 minutes so far and felt it deserved a share as it provides food for thought.
Random Pinkie quote: “I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want to see Snow White and the Seven Samurai?”
It is never a bad idea to read up on your news outside your own country’s spin to see what the rest of the world’s spin is. It can be be informative and useful.
Unfortunately, I am misremembering the source I was given by one of my profs in a political science class; however, here is one link to international articles written outside of our country.
Random Pinkie quote: “Well, I think so, Brain, but if Jimmy cracks corn, and no one cares, why does he keep doing it?”
Might be a good instruction manual for any “Brains” out there.
^ Oh and the flamingos with the Capri pants? If your people are talking about that they may not be talking about something you don’t want them talking about. Remember Bread & Circuses. ^
* ^ sarcasm font ^ (as in tongue-in-cheek)
Also please feel free to comment… The only thing I request is … please don’t flame. Consider this good practice to be able to finesse an argument. 🙂