Mass Manipulation in Modern Society

Mass Manipulation Mass Manipulation is consistent element of contemporary collective society. Most people when asked or confronted would consider themselves not simply a product of society or social practice, but the polar opposite: unique, individualistic, one of a kind, special or uncommon. However, we all share a physical world and view it’s contents through an individual perception which provides what we believe is a very distinct perspective.

But is there much truth behind these bold assumptions?

As a species we share a common bond which encompasses the totality of life as we know it, with all experiences manifested to and from five distinct senses. However, our dreams and subconscious thoughts also share a part in forging who we think we are, against the backdrop of mass ideology, consumerism and political correct action, thoughts and words.

In this regard, so much of who we define ourselves can be attributed to the physical world, which shapes our development through direct interaction by a complex controlled social environment. Nature vs. Nurture revisited. The human contact we share directly or indirectly, continues to facilitate, socially indoctrinate and mold us into mass clones whose likes and dislikes are shaped by the hands of those who would mold us in their consumerist image.

Hollywood and Mass Pop Culture instructs us….

We are created by the very heroes we adore. We become more of “like” them by our conscious and subconscious admiration for their very actions, words and lifestyle. This in turn shapes how we react to the world experiences.around us. Our life becomes filtered through a barrier of learned experiences based on these pseudo relationships. Indirectly through repetition and over time, this has an impact in our development. We transition through life based on these past and recent interactions. We become someone else socially manipulated by the very society we exist and partake in on a daily basis.  Fashion, music, language, social etiquette are all at play on a daily basis.  Through the generations the surface may change like fashion trends but the underlying effect remains the same.

“If you are free, you are not predictable and you are not controllable.”

–June Jordan

Mass Manipulation Perhaps our sense of pride blinds us, to what reality unfolds before us as cold hard lessons in life. Does our physical, emotional and even spiritual suffering transcend the seemingly endless questions that never resolve to a final simplistic answer of who we are, why are we here and what does my OWN life mean to ME. What is my contribution in contrast to the other 6.5 billion souls who share this tiny speck of dust in the endless expanse of the universe?

This question may be foremost in the thoughts of the budding humanitarian. A more prudent narcissist, staring at his own reflection, lost in moments of enduring self love, may ask what contribution and why would I even bother?

Religion, politics, sports and entertainment all play necessary and prudent roles in shaping humanity into factions. We are compartmentalized based on which “group” we adhere to, which set of tenets we believe in, which issues a candidate buys our trust and which sports or folk hero we can live vicariously through some media generated “heroic” action. Why else would I wear a particular team hat, jersey or a band’s concert T-shirt. This effect is always evident in mass sporting events or concerts, when the desire to look uniform with others is a priority and uniqueness is less evident.

Mother Teresa, who worked among the poor of Calcutta, wrote in 1958:

“My smile is a great cloak that hides a multitude of pains.” Because she was “forever smiling”, people thought “my faith, my hope and my love are overflowing and that my intimacy with God and union with his will fill my heart. If only they knew”

Mother Teresa expressed grave doubts about God’s existence and pain over her lack of faith, yet she carried on her work among the poor and suffering masses. Catholic supporters would undoubtedly attribute this to her religious duty and reverence for religion and God, even amidst painful moments of weakness. In the end, only she would know the truth behind her own doubt and reservation regarding faith.

“Religion is just mind control”

–George Carlin

Mother Teresa’s death was in 1997 and shortly after the central government of the Church began the beatification, the third step toward possible canonization.

However, this process required validation of a miracle. In 2002, the Vatican claimed it had recognized such a miracle in the healing of a tumor in the abdomen of an Indian woman. According to the story, a locket containing the picture of Mother Teresa was applied to her stomach and a beam of light emanated from the picture, curing the cancerous tumor. Numerous critics including medical staff and her husband, insisted that conventional medical treatment had eradicated the tumor and not some divine intervention. However, officials at the Hospital where she was seeking medical treatment have claimed that they are being pressured by the Catholic order to declare the cure a miracle.

In this respect, her beatification by the Holy Order would serve a deeper purpose for the Church officials. She would be used as an instrument to further the agenda in perpetuating and advertising the Catholic Church, ensuring that her popularity would in turn spread the product of religion. After all, what is an organized religious ideology rife with policy, practice and dogma but void of any followers?

Her popularity, despite her expressed human weakness and doubt over her faith, was still of use to a governing body who was seeking to advertise it’s products and services.

She said, ‘I’m not a social worker. I don’t do it for this reason. I do it for Christ. I do it for the church.

The Church being the embodiment of a religious group entity and any follower or believer would simply act on it’s behalf.  Much like a single cell in a multi-cellular complex organism. Each cell carrying out specific tasks or roles but in total accordance with the harmony of the whole.

Social mass indoctrination and tribalism also extends to entertainment and sports fanaticism. This is especially true when one examines the trend of spectator groups sports. Recently this was evident in the savage beating by two men outside Dodger Stadium which left a San Fransisco Giants fan in a medically-induced coma.

The two suspects cursed and taunted three men in Giants gear. The Giants fans ran and two got away, but the assailants caught up to one in the parking lot, struck him on the back of the head and as he fell, hit his head on the asphalt. Both attackers then kicked the victim, then ran and fled in a four-door sedan driven by a woman with a boy.

In this horrific event, based on information concerning this crime, the perpetrators did not know the victim personally. Hence, the provocation for the violent attack like so many involving fanatical sports fans, must lie in the fact that the victim was simply of another “tribe.” The physical indication was the opposing team clothing which the victim was wearing. This is no different then gang colors or thug mentality resulting in turf wars when the opposing factions share many of the same characteristics outside of their “learned” and perceived differences from their so-called enemies.

The extension of group think mentality in spectator sports also extends to large groups resulting in “hooligan” violence which is extremely common among football (soccer) matches throughout all of Europe. In this instance, the group dynamic and orientation has replaced the individual being as a sole representation of words and action. In the video below, one can easily see the large opposing masses operating as two distinct group oriented entities, each with a sole and singular purpose and mind. The common bond is their unwavering admiration for each side/team and how any opposition to that group dynamic is met with violence.

Similar in nature is the Giants vs. Dodgers fan incident. The only difference lies in the volume of group-oriented entities (Hooligans) involved. Although in this example, the same group think mentality exists resulting in the same primordial predicative actions of violence to opposing group dynamics and it’s inherent symbols (Team Jersey).

In US politics, the false left/right paradigm is one of the best examples of total physical and social control via group-oriented dynamics. This is mass manipulation in it’s truest and pure form. Individuals who vehemently subscribe to the paradigm attribute all their values, morals and ideological beliefs to the party politic of choice. Diversity is not based on specific issues but often all too predictable stances in which each side simply plays against one another, a verbal tug of war and endless blame game with the clueless voter who toes the line in support of his beloved body politic.

In all examples of social mass manipulation, we find human predictability in behavior all to common. There is a central identity that acts to unify the mass of individuals in the group entity. This mass identity then replaces indirectly the individual identity and will. The person no longer consciously or subconsciously acts on their own accord but only by the influence of the unifying group entity.

Since the behavior is predictable, the person directly influenced by the external group enforcing stimuli will essentially abandon free will in favor of the group identity. His or her actions will be in favor of what the group orientation dictates consciously or even subconsciously. At times, the resulting behavior may even seem contradictory to what the person is feeling (Mother Teresa) However, because of repetition and the consistent influence of the group entity, that same person will do what is natural for a group member.  In essence, the longer the influence of group dynamics, the more difficult it will become to break the influence and discover the inherent individual within.

Some relevant quotes concerning mass manipulation from a historical perspective:

“If you can control a man’s thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself . If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.”

–George G. Woodson

“He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.”

–Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

–Tao Te Ching

“The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert. “

–Vince Lombardi

“The strongest and most effective force in guaranteeing the long-term maintenance of power is not violence in all the forms deployed by the dominant to control the dominated, but consent in all the forms in which the dominated acquiesce in their own domination.”

–Robert Frost

“We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy. “

–Henry Miller

“Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny. “

–Charles Barkley

“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. “

–Carter G. Woodson

“Just in general, any government throughout history hasn’t really wanted its people to be educated, because then they couldn’t control them as easily. “

–Maynard James Keenan

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. “

–Malcolm X

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