When I was younger, I used to think that all the people that claimed that violence on t.v., movies, music, etc. made on impression on us, were ridiculous.
I ardently believed that people were conscious enough to come to their own decisions and thought patterns, and ridiculed those that speculated otherwise.
Perhaps that was me jumping on the bandwagon of mocking the alleged “conspiracy theorists”. Calling them crazy and uninformed.
Well, who's laughing now?
(Well, I suppose it’s no laughing matter, but at least I’ve finally come to the realization that I was wrong.)
Before I delve in, what do you think? Are you here on this page because you believe the same thing? Or are you here because you think it’s a ridiculous concept like I once did?
If you’ve read my previous posts: How do we Find the Truth? and When News Media Lies, you already know about the levels of deception and manipulation that these “sources” have propagated to the population. (With the help of the CIA, I might add.)
So is it that much of a stretch to contemplate on this idea?
If that’s not enough of a reason, I will be addressing other points that might provide a little more insight into this kind of “mind control” programming.
Welcome to the 4th part of this series “Does Media Affect Our Thoughts” – “Media Experiments”.
With the advent of the technological age, most of us don’t realize that we are unwitting pawns in the directive of who controls the media. And it’s not just the media controllers that have a hand in our lives. No, even regular working class joes and janes will push the boundaries and see what they can get away with in order to manipulate us to a certain outcome.
I give some examples below, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. One key takeaway to glean from these, be aware and discerning and don’t fall into the trap of believing everything you see; and be conscious of who you are, not what society expects you to be.
I start off with the lights subjects first. But beware. It turns dark, quick.
Experiment #1: How can we get more likes as an influencer/celebrity/politician, etc. so that we can get more marketing; therefore make more money or push for a particular agenda?
Solution: Instead of being honest and letting our work speak for itself, let’s just push the agenda by buying FAKE followers. Then, once we gain fake popularity, people will think we’re worth it and effectively buy into whatever we’re selling/vouching for.
This video reveals that some celebrities buy followers on social media: Instagram/Twitter, etc. to make their accounts more prominent: Celebrities Pay for Fake Followers on Social Media
This article highlights some of the practices that occur with
scammers “businesses” like Devumi: The Follower Factory
Are you following someone because you truly want to “keep up with the Kardashians”? Or do you feel as if, “well, everyone else is (seems to be) doing it. If I don’t do it too, then I’m out of the loop.”
We are being manipulated and tested to seeing how to sway the public opinion. And we are tricked and deceived into following a particular brand. If we see someone getting popular, then our instinct is usually to go with the crowd and join in, even if we don’t necessarily agree with it.
Here is just one of the ways that the public is being experimented on and played with. We are just game pieces for the “higher echelon’s” enjoyment and being exploitated for the “influencers’” and “celebrities’” benefit. How about we step off the chessboard?
Experiment #2: How can I make money easily online?
Solution: Create a sob story and make it go viral, then set up a GoFundMe website or something similar.
Sadly, this has worked all too well. And, in hindsight, I don’t want this article to be a “guide” in how to scam people for their money. But I do want to bring some of these possibilities to light so that you know what kinds of things people will do to trick and deceive others.
To help someone in need is an action all of us should take, monetary wise or not.
But unfortunately, this altruistic desire to help others is a beacon for those who will take advantage of and abuse these people’s good will.
Such is the case with the deception of the D’Amico/McClure/Bobbitt scheme to create a GoFundMe page for a homeless veteran who gave McClure $20 to fill up her tank when she ran out of gas. Of course, the whole story was fabricated; but indeed, preying on the kind-heartedness of strangers, their GoFundMe page reached $400,000!
Thankfully, after finding out about this deceit, GoFundMe refunded everyone who contributed to this fictitious account.
And how did the true story come to light?
Apparently, greed triumphed in this story and led to their ruin. It was revealed that D’Amico and McClure chose to keep the money and didn’t give Bobbitt his proper share. So Bobbitt took them to court, and it’s here that the true story came out.
Imagine. If they had just shared the money to begin with like agreed upon, no one would have been any the wiser and they wouldn’t have gotten caught. (Probably… it’s interesting what kind of curveballs life likes to throw at us. Especially when we deserve it.) – Mastermind of Infamous GoFundMe Homeless Scam Facing 5 Year Sentence
Speaking of GoFundMe, isn’t it interesting that according to this site: thepostmillennial.com, GoFundMe deletes a “black Trump supporter’s fundraiser for bulletproof vests”, yet “keeps Antifa’s identical fundraiser up”?
Not to mention the very own campaign that GoFundMe itself endorsed for Planned Parenthood.
I cannot even get into this topic right now (or ever) without getting triggered, so I will just leave you with these sites so you can determine for yourself why I am not impartial when it comes to this subject:
In Case You Doubted: Yes, Planned Parenthood is Evil
21 Quotes by Margaret Sanger That Will Probably Make You Sick (Margaret Sanger – founder of Planned Parenthood)
Planned Parenthood Workers are Fleeing the ‘Evil’ Abortion Business – (My heartfelt thanks to those who have left this “business”.)
We Talked to Former Planned Parenthood Workers; Their Stories are Chilling
Former Planned Parenthood Official: We Pushed Sex Ed on Kids to Create a Market for Abortion (Planned Parenthood is NOT an outreach to help young ladies through choice of birth or abortion. It is teaching KIDS to have sex so that their market for aborted babies doesn’t end! It is a corrupted, evil system that should not see the light of day!)
There’s too much other details to go into here, so I am going to leave it at that for now. Please research this and stop supporting this organization if you do.
Experiment #3: Let’s see what would happen if we tell people that they’re a match with someone, when they’re really not. That sounds like fun, right? Deliberately misleading people just to see what the outcome will be? Let’s do it.
Solution: OkCupid fessed up to doing this in 2014: OKCupid Proudly Admits it Experiments on People All the Time
But you know, it’s okay, everyone. Because like Christian Rudder (one of the founders of OkCupid) says, “But guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.”
Silly us. We should just come to accept that we’re being lied and manipulated and experimented on at businesses’ bidding, because “that’s how websites work”.
Huh. And here I thought, as OkCupid’s About page implies:
- We ask questions: We ask questions about things you care about. (So we can turn around and use it against you.)
- And connect you on what matters: There are some things you should know before the date. On OkCupid, we help you find people you’re really compatible with. (That way we can skewer the results and pair you with someone completely opposite at our whim. How lovely!)
- No matter what you’re looking for: No matter who you are, no matter what you’re looking for, OkCupid helps you find meaningful connections – whatever that means to you. (Except when we don’t.)
For disclaimer purposes, I am obliged to let you know that the sentences in parenthesis/gray are my own highlights of what I’ve gleaned from Christian Rudder’s statements and doesn’t reflect that of OkCupid itself. : ) …(Unless it does. Who knows?)
…that they’re a responsible, caring administration that just wants to help people connect with those they’re compatible with. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Experiment #4: Can we manipulate how people feel simply by changing what content they’re exposed to? Let’s find out!
Solution: Indeed, Facebook carried out this exact experiment in 2012, concluding that yes, it can affect our moods. (Makes one wonder how else media can, and has, been manipulating our feelings and emotions… And I wouldn’t doubt, in the slightest, that this was not the first experiment of its kind…)
In 2012 Facebook conducted a massive experiment on its users, unbeknownst to them. The social media giant manipulated the news feeds of 689,003 people for one week, prioritizing either positive or negative emotional content. They then tracked the updates that the unwitting users posted, to see if they had been influenced by the manipulated feeds.
What they found was that they could essentially make their users feel happier or sadder, in a process called ‘emotional contagion’. The study concluded by saying: “Emotions expressed by friends, via online social networks, influence our own moods, constituting, to our knowledge, the first experimental evidence for massive-scale emotional contagion via social networks.”
While completely legal, we all sign up for Facebook voluntarily after all, the ethics of such mass manipulation are questionable. “People are supposed to be told they are going to be participants in research and then agree to it and have the option not to agree to it without penalty.” One academic said in response to the controversial experiment.
The power that social media networks are beginning to exert over our lives is of increasing concern. Do you trust Facebook to look after your best interests? Or are you leaving yourself open to emotional manipulation for the benefit of advertisers? The study, while controversial, has opened a deeper discussion about online ethics and privacy, which can only be a good thing. (Source: Forbes)
Facebook is, of course, not the only form of media to try and manipulate how the public feels. The news media does it all the time. And if we’re honest with the whole media system and ourselves, we’ll come to realize that the music, movie, tv industry does it as well. Music manipulates our feelings – creating a sadness, happiness, sweetness, anger, frustration… news media has been proven to show us mostly negative news.
Why? Well, turns out, we’re our own worst enemies. Their ratings show an increase when there’s negative news shown, than a positive one. So can we really blame the news media for always depicting violent and negative news stories? We’re perpetuating it when we tune in to see it.
Knowing what’s going on in the world is important, but with the rise of evidence of how much the news media (media in general) has been lying and manipulating us, are we sure what we’re seeing is even real?
“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – William Casey, CIA Director (1981)
Experiment #5: What would happen with a group of children, if we allowed them to play a “medium” violent game like Minecraft, and exposed them to real guns?
Solution: Not pretty.
As I have covered in part 1 of this series, violence in the media most certainly does have an effect on our minds, whether we realize it or not. Perhaps once we are more acclimatized and aware of this, it no longer has a hold on us. But for children, most are not yet mentally sound in making these observations. (Nor are some adults, if we’re going to be completely honest…)
Which is why this experiment (if real – have to add that in light of everything…) should be a huge eye-opener in regards to how children think, especially after what they are already exposed to.
Now perhaps these children simply thought the guns were fake. After all, they were ushered in to a room and told they could play with the toys in the room after their foray into the Minecraft game. And as some participants concluded, they figured they would not be let into a room by researchers where real guns would be exposed. So considering these factors, it’s not the most airtight of experiments, but still raises some very important concerns. It still prompted the child to sometimes pull the trigger on these guns, aiming at themselves sometimes as well as the other child in the room, while all they had to go on was an assumption that it wasn’t real. And in the cases that they did think it was real, is even scarier.
Moral of the story: For the love of everything holy, lock up your guns and teach your children gun safety. And teach them about violence in games and the media and to be aware of their surroundings and emotions. And teach them morals and integrity.
Experiment #6: How do people react to stress, when their values and beliefs are ridiculed and mocked? Let’s strap them to a chair, and force them to confront someone verbally attack them by making personal insults to their beliefs and character, and find out.
Oh! And make them relive this event by watching a video of this mentally and psychologically degrading act of themselves getting their beliefs attacked, over and over again for 3 years!
Solution: At least in one of the most tragically prolific accounts, it might have contributed to the infamous Unabomber case, Ted Kaczynski.
Think the media only has to do with “mass media”? Like the news, radio, internet, etc.?
Nope. In this case, not only did Ted Kaczynski and other participants get subjected to humiliating and malicious attacks on their most honest and heartfelt views, but they were also forced to relive this very moment, over and over again by watching a video that was recorded of their own, personal “interrogation”.
It’s heartbreaking that this would be allowed to continue. Unfortunately, psychological experiments are alive and well. Of course, usually the details don’t emerge until much later, when it’s usually too late to reverse any of the damage. Why do these experiments continue to rage on? Who funds these?
Well… in this particular case, we are guided by this bit of information:
In 1948 he (Henry Murray – the “unethical researcher” – my words) sent a grant application to the Rockefeller Foundation proposing “the development of a system of procedures for testing the suitability of officer candidates for the navy.” By 1950 he had resumed studies on Harvard undergraduates that he had begun, in rudimentary form, before the war, titled “Multiform Assessments of Personality Development Among Gifted College Men.” The experiment in which Kaczynski participated was the last and most elaborate in the series. In their postwar form these experiments focused on stressful dyadic relations, designing confrontations akin to those mock interrogations he had helped to orchestrate for the OSS.
Let that soak in.
We also know that Henry Murray, the cruel scientist that initiated this study:
“served in the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA, helping to develop psychological screening tests for applicants and (according to Timothy Leary) monitoring military experiments on brainwashing.”
As for Ted Kaczynski, reading his background in depth, one could easily reach the conclusion that this was an extremely bright young man, having skipped 2 grades, getting accepted into Harvard before he was 16, and was even labeled as “the most intellectual serial killer the nation has ever produced” by a criminologist. Don’t think that should be an honorary status… but I hope you know what I was going for with that sentence.
And despite his vindictiveness and propensity for violence (which may have well been born out of this heinous psychological experiment), he was still able to come to this interesting conclusion: (very relatable, especially in these highly technological times):
Gradually, while he was immersed in his Harvard readings and in the Murray experiment, Kaczynski began to put together a theory to explain his unhappiness and anger. Technology and science were destroying liberty and nature. The system, of which Harvard was a part, served technology, which in turn required conformism. By advertising, propaganda, and other techniques of behavior modification, this system sought to transform men into automatons, to serve the machine.– theatlantic.com
One can now only ponder the “what ifs”.
- What if, instead of being ushered into Harvard and such a young age by his father, despite advice from his friend, Ted stayed with his family – surrounded by love and compassion, and went to college when appropriate?
- What if, instead of partaking in this experiment (in which Ted and the other participants were lied to about), these young gentlemen carried out their college years in peace?
- What if these experiments didn’t exist at all? No twisted, wicked experiments to conduct on the innocent (or on the enemies) and no one had to be psychologically damaged from the repercussions?
- What if people were morally guided by strong, virtuous ethics and not by a corrupted view for a one world government; stomping and experimenting on everyone and everything they deem expendable or for their own gain?
Oh… did I forget to mention that? Yes, sorry about that:
(Henry Murray) advocated implementing the agenda of the World Federalist Association, which called for a single world government. The atomic bomb, Murray wrote in a letter to Mumford, “is the logical & predictable result of the course we have been madly pursuing for a hundred years.” The choice now facing humanity, he added, was “One World or No World.”
How do we escape these manipulative tactics and experiments?
Don’t partake in them. Or at least reduce your media viewing and use. And yes, I know the irony of using the media to read this, so perhaps it should be to balance media use between necessity, entertainment, and important research. (But light on the entertainment.)
I have never had a facebook account, or a Twitter, Instagram, etc. I don’t have cable. I do have youtube simply to build a playlist, but I predict a time that youtube will do away with accounts that aren’t gaining any monetary status, or that aren’t following a certain narrative, for example.
Of course they’re allowed to do that. All of these tech/media giants are allowed to do whatever they wish, essentially; including banning, censoring, deleting… the list goes on and on. Which is the point. They shouldn’t be allowed to carry on manipulating and lying to us about our own data. Yet it continues. But if we step off the platform, then of course their game pieces go missing and they wouldn’t be able to sabotage anyone anymore. And anyone who has any integrity in their body would realize this and not bank the system to let it continue.
Just my two cents.
Now for the experiments that we have no idea we’re even a part of? Or that people have been lied to about?
That’s another story. That’s when these establishments need to be held accountable for it. Not tomorrow. Not 15 years from now. Before it even begins. There are ethic laws, and it’s unfair and unjust that these corporations get to bend it and twist it for “their” greater good. Not ours.
Some of these mild experiments are annoying, yes. But others, are considered Crimes Against Humanity. They shouldn’t be allowed to happen and the establishments that carry these and other terrible experiments out should answer for that.
In part 5, I address data-mining for our information. As The Social Dilemma mentions, “we’re the product.”
Part 6 goes into the wonderful world of bots and trolls.
Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.
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