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The Media and Your Opinion

Opinion is being installed. Look to yourself and analyze your opinions. You will discover that you have opinions about things that you did not participate in or witness. You will discover that opinions have been installed in you. Take heed and read. Here you will find some places to start looking. Ultimately, it will come back to looking a mirror that reflects your thoughts.

I have recently read a book that impacts the information I have studied from other books. Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky is a pedantic academic study of the media up to 1986 when the book was published. It can be studied in conjunction with Propaganda by Edward Bernays and Walter Lippmann’s book, Public Opinion. Taken together these books supply information that is shocking to innocent people.

[I wrote an article after reading Lippmann and Bernays I titled “Installing Opinions” and sometimes “Opinion Installers.” I will include it below.]

The information these three books and many others bring to the people is vital to the future of humankind and all other kinds. Indeed, the world is poised at the brink of destruction. Herman and Chomsky have made it quite clear that unfathomable destruction and murder has been done by the USA and its helpers under the protection of a media that learned the tricks of the trade pioneered by Lippmann, Bernays, and others. Today we have moved further down the road to our end and there is little reason to think we can turn away without becoming aware of the methods being used to move us.

I hope you will apply yourself to the task by reading the books and any others that are relevant to the purpose. People are unaware of the complex systems that are being used to achieve agenda that are being kept secret. Complex systems and secret agenda are intrinsically elusive and difficult to discover. Let this article shed some light on them.

Once again, Installing Opinions:

My study of Edward Bernays and Walter Lippmann continues. These guys were publishing during the early 1900s. I want to copy and share some of their words so that people might find a way to combat the forces they taught the powerful of the world to marshal. There are so many people who have been influenced by those forces it has become imperative that this relatively new power become common knowledge.

Opinion is a fascinating subject. There is so much to learn about the subject people can spend lifetimes devoted to it. What is of utmost importance in my mind is that the people come to know that their minds are the target of forces that have been developed and refined into a fine art. It is the art of installing opinions. Yes, “installing” them.

At the turn of the twentieth century, techniques were being developed to install opinions in the minds of the people. It was not an “all-bad” thing. I think the men who developed it saw it as a useful tool for good, but they admitted it could easily be used to do evil. The methods they developed have been enhanced by the electronic revolution. In other words, the tools available to deliver the methods increased in number and power. Television, radio, computers, telephones, and movies added to the already pervasive printed media to give the installers of opinion even more power. Today, the power to manipulate the public has become monstrous. The divided public in the USA is a product of manipulation intended to accomplish some goal. What goal? That is another topic.

See for yourself what the fathers of opinion making were saying in the 1920s. I commit myself to the task of quoting them a little here. I am not doing this to make money, stroke my ego, make you look bad, or to indulge in the same manipulation discussed here. I do it strictly to help the people.
From Propaganda by Edward Bernays. His quote of Walter Lippmann’s book Public Opinion (I have this book too.)
Walter Lippmann of the New York World in his volume Public Opinion declares that the ‘significant revolution of modern times is not industrial or economic or political, but the revolution which is taking place in the art of creating consent among the governed.” He goes on: “Within the life of the new generation now in control of affairs, persuasion has become a self-conscious art and a regular organ of popular government. None of us begins to understand the consequences, but it is no daring prophecy to say that the knowledge of how to create consent will alter every political premise. Under the impact of propaganda, not necessarily in the sinister meaning of the world [sic] alone, the only constants of our thinking have become variables. It is no longer possible, for example, to believe in the cardinal dogma of democracy, that the knowledge needed for the management of human affairs comes up spontaneously from the human heart. Where we act on that theory we expose ourselves to self-deception and to forms of persuasion that we cannot verify. It has been demonstrated that we cannot rely upon intuition, conscience, or the accidents of casual opinion if we are to deal with the world beyond our reach.”
This article took some effort to translate. His use of the word “consent” is misleading to people in this time. Back then, and to this man, consent was something that had several meanings. It was used as a synonym for permission, much as we use it today. More importantly, it meant giving in to persuasion. That was the purpose of the “art of creating consent among the governed.” That guy was saying that they have discovered the way to get people to have the opinions they want them to have.

I ask you, is your opinion really your opinion? Or, is it something that skilled “artists” have implanted in your mind? The world is very complicated and only becoming more so. Humans have created organizations that are composed of other humans acting together to do things no single individual could possibly do alone. The organizations are powerful beyond description, and there are so many of them no single individual can be aware of all of them. They are operating around the globe and what they do has an enormous impact on you. They are shaping the world. They are not being watched. There is no oversight to keep them in the bounds of rectitude. They have become virtually self-serving much like a robot that has its own intelligence, defense systems, and objectives. Does this make you suspect that the people need to be made aware of it?

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