SK directed us all to a link, 6 Brainwashing Techniques They’re Using On You Right Now on another blog last week. These are the six techniques listed:
- #6. Chanting Slogans.
- #5. Slipping Bullshit Into Your Subconscious
- #4. Controlling What You Watch and Read
- #3. Keeping You In Line With Shame
- #2. Black and White Choices
- #1. “Us vs. Them”
There’s enough there for all of us, so I won’t offer that these techniques work on some of us better than others. #4, for example, translates into “I read only sources I trust.” #5 is about the power of suggestion, or implanting ideas in our minds via back door channels.
We’re all manipulated by media in one form or another. It is when we reach a point of hubris (the state of being of the typical American journalist) that we are most vulnerable.
The author of the piece, David Wong, likely feels that he’s above the battle because he is able to spot these manipulations. He’s not. He’s been taken down via #5, though he’d be the last to know that. He should have listed the following:
- #7. “Maybe they get to you, but not to me.”