What is the best way to change public perceptions on any topic?
The battle to control us through changing (or creating) our opinions is as old as history. Carefully disseminated disinformation was first documented in ancient Greece, when playwrights and poets created dramas for the sole purpose of indoctrinating their audience to a certain set of morals, standards, and beliefs. When creating his empire, Macedonian king Alexander the Great inundated the places he conquered with his image, on the coins, adorning building, and in the form of statues. Grand stories were written and shared about his generosity and the legends that were created on his behalf to this day make him larger than life.
In 324 B.C.E., Alexander requested that he be deified so that he could carryout a scheme of repatriating 20,000 Greek exiles, which was contrary to the established laws of the League of Corinth. He became the son of Zeus, and his face soon appeared on coins, replacing that of Heracles, the real mythological son of Zeus. He commissioned, or allowed to be built, many statues and monuments in his honor, and representations of his portrait were to be found everywhere in his empire, adorning pottery, coins, buildings, and formal art (P. M. Taylor, 1990, p. 31). Alexander was the first to recognize that to maintain cohesion and control over his vast empire, such propaganda symbols could serve as a constant reminder of the various subjugated populations just where the center of power resided. (source)
So through works of fiction, the unacceptable became acceptable, the alien became familiar, and the minds of the masses were changed and manipulated.
It’s the same today. One of the biggest fights on the planet right now is the fight for safe food and non-toxic farming practices. The biggest enemy to those of us who battle for natural, healthy food is the biotech industry, particularly companies like Monsanto and Dow.
Up until recently biotech was winning the fight simply because they pretty much own the government policy makers and agencies. Monsanto has served as a “human resources bank” for the federal government, with direct ties to Supreme Court justices, the Food and Drug Administration, and presidential cabinets. They have donated mountains of money to politicians and have sneakily managed to write their own laws using those bought-and-paid for members of Congress.
But now with the success of the recent global March Against Monsanto and grass roots activism that is spreading like wildfire, they have had to step up their game.
First, they created a disinformation website called “GMO Answers” in which they provide “answers” for anyone who is curious about genetically modified foods. On this website they support all of the GMO myths that they are trying to perpetuate and make acceptable.
They are also infiltrating popular culture and are particularly targeting the minds of our children.
Most people don’t want to believe it. They say, “Oh, it’s just a cartoon.” They tell us to take off the tinfoil hats. They scoff at our paranoia.
But the fact remains that cartoons abound with references to GMOs, pesticides, and biotech. These things are portrayed in a heroic positive light. No, they aren’t whispering in the background “Monsantoisgood …… Monsantoisgood ….. Monsantoisgood”. (At least I don’t think they are.) But they are portraying biotech as the saviors of the world, the solvers of world hunger, a presence that is just THERE and must hence be accepted.
Another children’s movie, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, has a synopsis that is about cross-breeding animals with food. This is unacceptable.
What are your thoughts on this?
I recently wrote about something similar, when I discussed the product placement and the “GMOs are good” propaganda in Futurama.
The admin from MAM ran into the same problem that I did: people scoffed.
“It’s just a cartoon, chill out.”
“There are legitimate problems out there. This is the complaint of some far reaching parent who sues the school when their kid get a scraped knee.”
“ I think you are reaching on this one…”
“ I’m really getting annoyed by March Against Monsantos hysterical propaganda. I’m against GMO and support the cause, but seriously stop filling the site with this bullshit. It’s enough with the terrifying truth no need to oversell the legitimacy of this cause.”
Sheer cognitive dissonance in action.
No one wants to believe that they and their children are being subtly brainwashed, that their opinions are being slyly altered, and that their perceptions are being manipulated.
Right now, our kids are under a mental attack. They are learning that this is just how farming is, and that GMOs are nothing but beneficial – GMOs are heroic even. By subtly placing mentions of genetic modification and toxic farming methods with positive connotations, this suddenly becomes a societal norm.
By making it seem normal and innocuous, our arguments against GMO and toxic farming make us sound like a bunch of flat-earth believing fruit cakes. And this is exactly what the plan is – to marginalize the debate and to make nay-sayers seem ignorant and ill-informed about the “benefits.” They are trying to create a platform of “common knowledge” by making it appear that this is the accepted reality.
By presenting this perceived reality to children, they are attempting to make it actual reality, and by the time these children reach adulthood, it will be all that they have ever been exposed to – a toxic world full of toxic manipulated food.
Even more harmful is the trancelike state that most people go into when watching television and movies. People drift into a level of consciousness during which they are very susceptible to suggestions.
Type ‘television’ and ‘low vibrational energy’ into a search engine, and it’ll quickly return the fact that watching a lot of TV is like undressing your mind and submerging it into a bath of negative energy. TV effectively numbs the left side of your brain and renders you helpless to your right brain which is incapable of decoding and critically analyzing the information being presented to you. Essentially, you go on ‘auto-pilot’.
TV programs us. We tune in, drop out and stop asking questions.
Some of Krugman’s more interesting conclusions from his 1969 TV brainwave research include:
- “Internal Alpha responses can be stimulated by appropriate external rhythms or frequencies.”
- “The time may come when the mass media may create special programs to help people modify certain attitudes or behavior.”
- “This means that passively learned material has an important ‘advantage’ which some have also associated with so called subliminal perception, extrasensory perception, or hypnotism.”
- “For early education there may be an opportunity to accept the fact that many children fidget in class, and that this interference with their attention is not to be blamed on parents, teachers, or the child. Mild drugging of these children, or training in relaxation through Alpha driving, may be dramatically helpful to their educational achievement.” [Emphasis Added]
- “For public television there may be an opportunity to accept without shame the fact that it has taught violence to an entire generation. The clear store of television violence is not that a new generation is more violent but that the new generation knowsmore violence. The political consequences of this may yet be what some would call ‘good’ (e.g., pacifist).” [Emphasis Added]
- “It is possible that the relaxed and successful character of passive learning can be enhanced by the artificial induction of Alpha rhythm, this with the aid of a flickering light.” [Emphasis Added]
Your brain on TV, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a basic form of mind control. (Check out this MUST READ article, HERE!)
The biotech industry rakes in billions of dollars every year for poisoning our food, our groundwater, and our air. It isn’t unrealistic to believe that some of their budget would be turned towards fighting the growing awareness of their deadly impact on the world. Through insinuating a set of beliefs into the next generation, they are paving the way for even further domination of farming.
The only antidote to the brainwashing is the knowledge that it is occurring.
- Watch what your children watch and look for teachable moments.
- Make your home GMO-free.
- Explain to your kids on a regular basis why you avoid toxic ingredients.
- Talk to your children about the concept of propaganda and encourage them to notice when they are subjected to it.
Each of us, as parents, can have more influence than the media, but we must exercise that influence through our lifestyles. We must be alert to the paid propaganda that constantly inundates our kids and inform them that it’s happening. It’s virtually impossible to keep them in a bubble, insulated from propaganda but we can fight back with information and truth.
Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org