“Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men w have never heard of. In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”
– Edward Bernays, Pioneer of Corporate PR and Propaganda
Edward Bernays was the double nephew of Sigmund Freud. Born in Vienna in 1891, he died in the United States, 103 years later, almost forgotten by the general public when he invented one of the great evils of the twentieth century: mass manipulation. Propaganda, how to manipulate opinion in democracy is now widely studied in American universities, especially in marketing.
Some food for thought this Wednesday.
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Once again, a challenge from friends at fandango: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/79388113/posts/1958222579 This may not have been the intended response but where the muse directed.
“It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life.” – Christopher Lasch
“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.” – Edward Bernays
L’amour – Creed of greed (Love for sale)
A fortunate few
Born to this estate
Others spend their lives
On the quest
Many will promise it
If you wear their clothes
Buy their perfume, make-up
Nothing to do with who you are
That inadequate lump of clay
Corporations take you to the fountain
Where love is hidden
Yet I warn you
It is beyond their reach
Cannot find what they don’t comprehend
Consumerism is a lethal cliff
Closer and closer to the edge
You buy, buy, buy
The next item will complete you
Financing the creed of greed
It will bring you down.
Yes! I can so relate to this post. I couldn’t resist a reblog. HAPPY BOOK LOVERS DAY!
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I’m not worried about the long run with these barbarians. They give off the whiff, the white heat of desperate knowledge. They know they’re done. It may take twenty or thirty years, hundreds or thousands of dead for that to come to completion. It won’t be pretty, but it is inevitable. We know it too. We understand […]
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