On Sat, Sep 04, 2010 at 02:22:17AM -0700, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> So, your argument against the possibility of Pop music and mass media
Not only a misnomer. It's wrong on two accounts: the mechanism used, and
where the responsability for the result is to be placed.
We humans constantly rationalise our actions, usually a posteriori - after
the facts. We need to do this in order to maintain our self-esteem and
dignity - the idea that we are doing things that make no sense to even
ourselves is quite unsupportable for almost all of us.
This is how marketing works: you offer a product, service, or in politics
an opinion, *AND* provide or at least suggest a rationalisation for accep-
ting the offer. The product can be crap, the opionion without any base, and
the rationalisation completely bogus - if the target audience doesn't take
the trouble to examine them critically it will work. For some people the
rationalisation doesn't need to be of any value at all: it can be as simple
as some 'us vs. them' argument often used in politics, or just 'popularity'.
So while we *do* have impulses to behave in a very sexual way, or be
violent, and those do indeed come from 'deep inside' and belong to the
unconscious in the Freudian sense, it is not those that are being
manipulated, but in general it is the rationalisation process which
clearly does *not* belong the the unconscious - not even if many of our
rationalisations are in fact just excuses.
This also means that the responsability for accepting any product and
the rationalisation for doing so lies with those who do accept it. You
may think, and I agree, that trying to lure people into doing certain
things is not nice, but it is just an attempt - the final decision is
made by the target, not by the 'manipulator'.
> Are you saying we can't be brain washed?
No. Brainwashing is a completely different process, it always involves
some form of physical restraint without wich we would not accept to
There are three of them, and Alleline.
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