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For anyone who is not familiar with the BBC documentary “Century of the Self”. It is available for viewing online:
The Century of the Self
This series is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings profoundly.
His influence on the 20th century is widely regarded as massive. The documentary describes the impact of Freud’s theories on the perception of the human mind, and the ways public relations agencies and politicians have used this during the last 100 years for their engineering of consent. Among the main characters are Freud himself and his nephew Edward Bernays, who was the first to use psychological techniques in advertising. He is often seen as the father of the public relations industry.TomcatParticipant
“Betcha if there was any actual evidence at all it’d be plastered all over our idiot boxes.”
You better believe it. Interesting how the shootdown of MH17 immediately was pinned right away on the breakaway Russian sympathizers by the media, White House and State Dept. like it was an established fact beyond dispute, then all of a sudden the media coverage dropped and the stream of “lets all blame the Russkies for this” propaganda generated from the incident seemed to suddenly grind to a halt overnight. Like you said if the US had any solid evidence to backup their original claims the CMM (Controlled Mainstream Media) would be trumpeting it over the airwaves and from the rooftops 24/7.
However, the initial blame game circus by the US and the CMM did provide the necessary excuse for the US and it’s European/NATO puppet partners to tighten sanctions against Russia without them needing to produce any solid evidence or at least await the outcome of an impartial investigation by crash investigators. I guess once it had served its purpose, the blame game circus felt its job was done and it was time to fold its tent and move on.
I am reminded when I see these types of events used as propaganda to manipulate public opinion of a quote from the US newspaper columnist Sydney Schanberg. While musing on the way the Johnson Administration had seized on the supposed “Gulf of Tonkin incident” (i.e. a non-existent attack by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on the destroyer USS Maddox patroling in the Gulf of Tonkin) as a means to generate public and political support for the US to ramp up to a full scale military involvement in the Vietnamese war, Schanberg wrote: “We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.”