We live in an age of sophisticated manipulation of the public by the corporate/government/military
elite. Public manipulation is literally a science. Techniques for selling products
in commerce are closely related to techniques for selling wars and other government
programs. The science of affecting human consciousness is shared by military psy-ops
and commercial marketers. There is essentially no line of distinction between
creating markets for new perfumes and blue jeans and creating acceptance for invasions
and foreign occupations.
The same complex that sells jeans and hummers and invasions of Arab nations
also controls "journalism". The news media is packaged to sell news
as a commercial commodity, not as a search for truth. Investigative journalism
is now largely a gimmick to sell sensationalism, with Geraldo Rivera and his
like stooping to whatever depths needed to reach the critical mass of attracting
the audiences of the lowest common denominators of the mass market.
The various news networks no longer compete. They simply copy one another.
Many are owned by the same conglomerates and moguls, with Rupert Murdoch being
the ultimate controller of a huge portion of the world's daily media information.
This puts Rupert Murdoch and a very small number of his colleagues and competitors
in the position to serve as de facto Ministers of Propaganda for the Bush Administration
or its Coalition of the Killing.
Now, as never before, the minds of hundreds of millions and even billions of
consumers worldwide can be manipulated by multi-level, and relentless propaganda.
"Enemies of the state" can be demonized. Lies can be foisted and hoisted
and repeated until they are accepted as demonstrated truths. The public can
be and is led like sheep, unthinking, responding on command in whatever direction
their masters want.
Society is now formed into a "matrix" of control. People are discouraged
from critical thinking. There is relatively little factual information on which
to form judgments. The realities of the world situation for most people are
controlled by what they see and hear through electronic media. And Rupert Murdoch
and those like him control those media. And the revolving door between corporate
interests, government programs, and military actions is fast becoming a closed
Can we break this loop? Can the masses be re-awakened? Will the sheep be led
to slaughter as those who led the masses into unsustainable lifestyles and into
wars to protect those lifestyles finally usurp the resources of the planet?
Never has the situation for mankind been so dangerous. Never have the minds
of so many been so controlled by selfish and sinister forces. And never has
the need for freedom and real democracy been so great. This great conflict will
be played out in the next decade and the lives of many are in the balance.