Are certain types of media really hidden forms of Mind Control? Our senses are constantly being bombarded with information from many forms of media.
Let's take watching television **American Broadcasting Company (ABC)** for example. "ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948. As one of the Big Three television networks for its first 45 years, its programming has contributed to American popular culture." The selection of shows, news content, sponsors, etc. greatly influence their viewers' decisions.
Music & Lyrics in songs convey messages that are kind of subliminal in nature. Do people consciously comprehend the words in the songs they're listening to? The music acts like a carrier wave.
There's hidden symbols within corporate logos. See the Arrow & Spoon in the Fed-Ex logo.
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Are people being manipulated in a mind control sort of way? This may explain Fanbois, Fangrrls, Politics, etc.?!
Answer by ageekmom · Sep 07, 2010 at 12:33 AM
I think if we stare at something long enough, we can "see" all manner of things in it. That's not to say that marketing messages aren't intended because they most certainly are, but I think for the most part "A spoon is just a spoon" (as the saying goes.)
Answer by Buzzby · Sep 07, 2010 at 02:01 PM
I don't think we need to worry about hidden forms of mind control since so much media is direct, upfront mind control or non-too-subtle persuasion. I think there are very few people who reflect on the effects of media on their thinking, few people that guard themselves against the media. Ever seen the bumper-sticker "Question Authority"? There are few people that practice "Question Media". There are a couple of areas where you'll know you are being manipulated and thus to be on your guard:
Repetition - sheer repeating of a message beats it into your subconcious - as Yuma pointed out in the post above about Subway.
Music as an emotional lever - a lot of us have very strong ties to the music we listened to during high school and college, it's very effective at making a listener receptive on an emotional level if not just on the level of effectively gaining our attention.
Just plain misleading "facts". This is an issue I have with a lot of mainstream media, where graphs and figures are poorly, or misleadingly used - such as a recent look at forclosures in the town where I live. It alarming pointed out that there was a "%150 percent increase" in the forclosures over a recent quarter. They went from 1 to 3. Out of a possible 15,000 properties (or more) in the city - so the statistics give no scale to the problem. Additionally, what is the average number of forclosures for this period over the last 10 years? These figures are misleading if you don't look at the size of the problem in context, if you don't question them.
So basically, worry first about the more blatent effects of media and make sure you are questioning those - then worry about the subliminal messages. Remember: Every ad is trying to get you to act, to purchase, to vote, to think in a particular way - are you protected? Listen to and watch everything critically.
Answer by Yuma · Sep 07, 2010 at 12:39 AM
Haha, interesting question. I believe media is some form of "Mind Control." Lets see... The Subway commercial song. Five, five dollar, five dollar foot long at Subways. Catchy... or is it BRAIN WASH? I believe it hypnotizes people into remembering the 5 Dollar foot long at Subways which I like to point out isn't 5 dollars.
Answer by AlanStryder · Sep 07, 2010 at 01:36 AM
I'm not so sure about the subliminal advertising that you are referring to. I know that this was pretty big in the 70's and I believe that some laws were passed to prohibit the practice. I do think that modern media presentations act as our own propaganda, though. Fox News is probably the best example of this.
I suppose one could say that propaganda is a form of mind control, so yes, I think this does happen.
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