If you scan faces at a political convention, you will see some which don’t look very with-it; and others who seem very intelligent and alert. Yet many, if not most, variously succumb to mass suggestion. Why? Perhaps because intellectuals can be controlled, as much as any of us, by unexamined assumptions, by fear, and by […]
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg–indoctrination or self-deception? Are either ever justified as fair advocacy? Or are they always lies and unfair propagandas? Are they limited to words? Or are they also conveyed through narratives, films, stories, and pictures? Do they sometimes infect views which are cultural, political, religious, or economical–like trickle-down economics? […]
HYPNOTIC REPETITION is one of the techniques used most relentlessly and profitably in propaganda and indoctrination. Three common examples. 1) Repeat a POLITICAL claim often enough and it will drown out facts. “Don’t bother me with facts. My mind is made up.” 2) Repeat a RELIGIOUS claim frequently enough and it will submerge contrary opinions, […]
The role of music, in both its melodies and lyrics, needs to be analyzed in terms of how it moves people by overt and also subliminal appeals to emotions. Music can indoctrinate us as to what we think or feel next. Music often comprises a major force in what sells movies, programs, and commercial, political, […]
Please see my newly revised website, Sep. 2012, Because issues about propaganda vs critical thought are so critical for readers in general, as well as specialists, I have added new articles, heading, highlights and other changes at that website to steer readers to the most important details. If you add your own insights at this […]
Welcome visitors. (updated September 2011) THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG is to provide a fresh context to some of the many social and ethical issues which divide us. A fresh perspective appears by asking this key question: what distinguishes propaganda, self-deception, and ideology from critical thought–in religions, new and old, politics, economics, etc? This blog […]
Propaganda and indoctrination permeate not only religious groups (new and traditional) but also agnosticism and atheism, whenever they claim the excessive certitude assumed by ideologists. Replacing critical thought, propaganda abounds in political and religious messages, in economic assumptions, and commercial claims.