…s at least claim to either embrace or reject the messages with which they are constantly assaulted. The underlying assumption is that there is, in some measure, an ability to affect behavior. The intricacies of how this is accomplished, however, remain somewhat of an enigma, as is exemplified by the famous quote, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the troubl…
Donna L Roberts, PhD (Psych Pstuff)
Beyond the "assumption," there's competition among the Producers. Keeping the product fresh on the consumer's mind is a Win by itself.
There's a bigger question. Should this type of manipulation be permitted? Can there ever be a person/group with the power/knowledge to affect behavior conclusively? Such person/group could implant the seed of thoughts into the masses and direct (within a acceptable statistical range) people toward a Product or patterns-of-emotions with known results. Imagine if such world existed. If such things were possible and done for profit, national cohesion, or other more subversive interests. Would calling it “War” justify any such actions and/or countermeasures?
Interesting exposition, Donna. Lots to think about here. Thank you.
I don't think anyone knows someone else (even ourselves) with certainty. We can have faiths, laws, mores, virtues, beliefs, and manipulative-structures to bring order and a sense of purpose to any given version of human perspective or logic. Failing this, we default to primal emotions and genetic inclinations.
I do acknowledge Zsa Zsa’s ability to see behind the veil and to humble male-dominance in an entertaining “clever” manner. It might be that in Laughter, we find a way to forgive ourselves and humanity.
Sometimes I would like to tell my students, “revolt, write, study. Don’t you guys think there is anything useful to tell the world?” Unfortunately, some of them think “it’s better not to think much,” and others feel like there isn’t…
It doesn't take much for persons to realize the individual's limitations offered by modern societies. For humanity, the desire to seek knowledge and wisdom is a limitless attraction to define Life under ever-better terms - to brave War to have Peace or Hope for Peace while having War. Self-distractions and addictions fill in the gaps.
...Revolutions of the mind spurring creations into Never-Lands to an eventual Fall over our Studies of what is Not and Could Be until life falters and the Universe or some merciful God welcomes us (or recycles us) back from our Human Revolt...
If there's anything useful to tell the humans of any world, maybe it'd be something like this:
"What you think is Life is the Revolution, and Humanity is Fighting to Lose with Systems of Knowledge, Economics, Politics, Wisdom, Faith, Love, Control, and Hope. Welcome!"
~~ Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Dreaming a poet’s life with every sigh