Is The Media Using Subliminal Mind-Control?
A recent conversation with a friend caused a thought I’d been chewing on for a while to resurface. She said her husband went to bed at 8:00 every night, then lay there watching Fox News for hours. She even went so far as to say his addiction and immovable adherence to what he saw and heard had caused him to change. He was no longer the man she’d married. Not that she didn’t still love him, but I could tell the changes were worrisome, especially to someone who, like me has a tendency to do her own fact-checking rather than accepting what she’s told.
I’d think it would be especially difficult for a life-long liberal to see her once like-minded mate becoming a close-minded conservative following the party line blindly. Which brings me to my concern.
Subliminal messaging has been used in the media for decades. I remember seeing “The Exorcist” for the second time and making a point of watching for the messages embedded in a series of frames too short for the human eye to recognize and categorize. Let me tell you, those quick flashes of skulls and other terrifying images made the movie a thousand times scarier than the first time I saw it!
Advertisers use it too. Sometimes it’s blatant, but other times, so subtle, your mind reacts without question because the message flashes by too quickly to process. So why not news stations as well? What better way to control the minds and thoughts of a population than to bombard them with tiny subliminal thoughts telling them to think and act a certain way?
What’s in a Word?
By definition, subliminal means:
Below the threshold of conscious perception. Used of stimuli.
Inadequate to produce conscious awareness but able to evoke a response: subliminal propaganda.
Merriam-Webster offers a medical definition as well, which perhaps feeds more closely into what I’m imagining:
1 : inadequate to produce a sensation or a perception
2 : existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness
We Learn by Repetition or Frequent Exposure
Subliminal messages are often repeated to further solidify them in the minds of the target audience. Yet, as I mentioned in the “Exorcist” example, they can be perceived if you focus and watch for them to appear. The technique has been used in advertising fairly frequently, so I see no reason to assume it hasn’t been tested and used on large populations for purposes other than commerce.
I know. I’m drifting dangerously close to conspiracy theory again. Yet, I have to wonder how so many seemingly logical, rational, kind people are being convinced to hate people they’ve never even met; to blame an entire cultural group for their less-than-perfect lives, and even, to see their lives as less than perfect in the first place! The words I’ve heard coming out of the mouths of some of the most intelligent, successful people I know in the last few years are downright disturbing.
How Can So Many Justify Such Heinous Behavior?
The stories they tell and the actions they justify would make any rational person person tilt their head in a vain effort to make sense of the spate of inconsistencies. Yet words straight out of Fox News (and other dubiously reputable sources) fall off their tongues like raindrops in a hurricane. No wonder the Empaths and HSP’s are having such a tough time these days. We’re caught in a shit storm of irrationality, hate, and propaganda.
Under ordinary circumstances, I’d take the time to prove or disprove my hypothesis, but doing so would require watching those news broadcasts and focusing in, not on the words spoken, but the underlying messages. In this case, I’m not sure I’d escape with my sanity intact. There’s a lot more at stake for the alleged perpetrators than a few scary moments for theater-goers.
Reality Mimics Decades-Old Sci-Fi
Assuming my thoughts are provable, imagine the implications. I’m thinking it might be a good time to re-read George Orwell’s “1984” assuming I can find my copy in the chaos that is my personal library. It wouldn’t be the first time one of the Science Fiction writers of the early to mid-20th century was spot on with their predictions, even if the timeline wasn’t precise.
Read some old Dick Tracy strips, then look at the smart watch on your arm. Watch a shuttle launch, or pull a recently heated meal out of the microwave. And remember when we’d joke about video phones and how we wouldn’t want one as we might accidentally answer in our underwear?
Think how much easier it would have been for Hitler to mesmerize an audience if he’d had subliminal messaging and the media at his disposal. Or look at how many people you’ve unfollowed or unfriended on Social Media in the last couple of years because the words they type are so ugly and hateful from your perspective, of course. I know I’ve been unfriended or unfollowed for sharing my views on what to me were less volatile topics than what people share nowadays. In my opinion, their opinions on such topics are heavily influenced by their choice in media source.
Striking Where We’re Unaware
The very fact that subliminal messages operate “below the threshold of consciousness” is, at the very least, worrisome. That someone could, in essence, plant seeds in other people’s brains without their knowledge or consent has frightening implications and ramifications. If nothing else, it is indeed a form of mass hypnosis; in other words, mind control.
The fact that so many are accepting what they’re told as gospel instead of investigating the facts themselves lends itself to my diagnosis of a cancer invading the land. Admittedly, it takes time and even the best researchers can’t possibly investigate all of the “facts” with which we’re bombarded on a daily basis. Those of us who do choose to look into what we see and hear tend to have multiple sources which simplify our search to some degree. We also pick and choose which topics we look into, and as such, probably miss quite a few, and accept more than we should without verification.
A Culture of Blind Acceptance is Born
Nevertheless, questioning some of what we’re told is better than questioning none. Having a skeptical mindset probably gives us a bit of an edge on even the things we accept, if only because, in our questioning minds, nothing is gospel. Everything we see, hear, say, and do has an element of subjectivity. Every one of us sees things from our own point of view, heavily influenced by our own experiences, lifestyle, upbringing, and culture. An anthropologist or psychologist would probably add a few more factors to this list, but the ones I’ve listed are enough to skew how I see something vs. how anyone else sees it enough to allow for drastic differences in our conclusions.
I can’t help but wonder how quickly blind obedience follows on the heels of blind acceptance.
Check the Facts…If You Dare
Since I encourage fact-checking and questioning what we’re told, in light of the suppositions included in this post, I’ll share a few of my sources with you, in case you’d like to check a few facts yourself:
Snopes was the first site I ever used to check emails and posts for validity. At one point, I was rather impressed when I found an answer to the reporting of an event which was less than 24 hours old.
FactCheck.org I’ve used this one a few times in recent months. They’re a good source for political shenanigans.
Politifact is known for it’s Truth-o-meter which it applies to statements made by politicians. I’ve found a few surprises here.
Media Bias/Fact Check offers up a list of reputable fact-checking sources. Those referenced above are all on their list.
I encourage everyone to be their own advocate. These sites and more like them make the job a lot easier. But having a network of friends and acquaintances who is doing their best to abstain from media bias, and shares what they’ve learned is essential if you’re going to get a handle on the endless stream of gobbledygook we’re subjected to every day.
Grateful for A Questioning Mindset
My gratitudes today are:
- I am grateful for resources which help me navigate a world filled with lies and self-serving, power hungry mad men.
- I am grateful for a questioning mind and an endless thirst for knowledge.
- I am grateful for a platform which allows me to show others how to question instead of accepting blindly.
- I’m grateful I’m neither a sheep nor a lemming (despite what the Chinese calendar might say about my date of birth).
- I’m grateful for abundance; intelligent friends, opposing opinions, multiple sources, endless opportunities, a constantly increasing supply of brain cells (thanks to dancing), dancing, friendship, love, support, education, inspiration, motivation, peace, health, harmony, philanthropy, and prosperity.
Love and Light
About the Author
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