Ethical Propaganda: Logic vs. Manufactured Reality
“In an ethical sense Propaganda bears the same relation to education as to business or politics. It may be abused. It may be used to over-advertise an institution and to create in the public mind artificial values. There can be no absolute guarantee against its misuse.”
-Edward L. Bernays
In his book Propaganda; Bernays at the end of chapter 8 “Propaganda For Education”, makes a statement that predicted the future of our educational system, one that molded our reality.
For me the indoctrination started at an early age, I remember learning stuff that was not true. Watching the news often, I was raised by my grandparents and my grandma still watches the news constantly. It is a psychological warfare of the mind, trying to control your ideals.
So what if Propaganda had another, name? What if it was “information warfare,” with enemies who could be anywhere and existed everywhere online?
“Coercion and persuasion will continue to be decisive factors in information warfare as more countries attempt to build influence operations on social media.”
“In contrast to more traditional forms of cyberattack, cyber operations today target people within a society, influencing their beliefs as well as behaviors, and diminishing trust in the government. US adversaries now seek to control and exploit the trend mechanism on social media to harm US interests, discredit public and private institutions, and sow domestic strife. “Commanding the trend” represents a relatively novel and increasingly dangerous means of persuasion within social media. Thus, instead of attacking the military or economic infrastructure, state and nonstate actors outside the United States can access regular streams of online information via social media to influence networked groups within the United States.”
Social Media is seemingly a battlefield for ‘information warfare’ and the American People are in the crosshairs. Many would be wise on who they choose to follow, not really focus on one particular group or idea, rather the intentions of the individual.
I have watched many bad actors replace the ones who we seem to be bringing down with information, money is power and power corrupts so money therefore seems to corrupt people.