Since the inception of media, people have been blaming it for the conspiracy of successful mind control, especially when it comes to the minds that the critics disagree with. Obviously, how could anyone ever disagree with you or me on anything, from politics to morality, unless they’ve, of course, had their brains warped by hypnotic propaganda?!
Post Hoc, Ergo, Propter Hoc: You’re Doing It Right!
The majority of those in the Western world still believe that ‘a stupid person’ is tantamount to a person who is easily susceptible to influence, and somehow easier to be mentally controlled. However, this philosophy of the West is in conflict with itself when it’s believed that the stupid are usually ignorant. Choose one please. Are stupid people sponges or bricks?
What does ‘stupid person’ mean? ‘Ignorant’, ‘easily influenced’, both or neither? A stupid person is, in reality, just someone lacking either basic, common or the standard level of intelligence or problem solving skills relative to their own environment, society, culture etc.
Which Came First? Stupid People or Stupid Media?
Most of humanity erroneously, and faithfully, believe in the easily influenced ‘masses’. They believe that malleable public minds can be bent and molested by ‘dangerous’ messages in television, music, film and/or propaganda. This is a fallacy that I call the Exposure Fallacy (Twitter #ExposureFallacy).
I’m Right, But Here’s Your Guide to Debating Me
I challenge anyone to produce logical, demonstrable evidence that propaganda, film, T.V., radio, music etc, has ever, does, or will ever produce a reliable or predictable effect on the minds of the public, simply because those mediums can expose people to audio or visual data or information. It’s not information that you should be worried about, what people need is to be educated. I assert that a person doesn’t learn their desires or world views subliminally (hint: they just learn them). And I can demonstrate that people understand their own desires and world views. More specifically, people know what they believe, and they know why they believe it, but whether they’re right or wrong about a premise depends on their mental health, ability to learn new information and their education.