Media Gaslighting

On media tropes and fallacies: Gaslighting

Ingrid Bergman, 1944 Film 'Gaslight'

Ingrid Bergman, 1944 Film ‘Gaslight’

Gaslighting is a sophisticated form of manipulation, used to create doubt, often on controversial issues touching on public policy, global warming, vaccine safety.  Most often the point of the gaslighting is to quell through manipulation and intimidation, any form of questioning of the controversial topic.

“The slang term “gaslighting”, from the movie “Gaslight”, refers to psychological abuse and emotional manipulation in which a person is driven to irrational positions by denying changes in reality. In the movie, the evil husband tormented his wife by dimming their home’s gaslights a little each night, then insisting he didn’t: “No, dear, if you think the lights are getting dimmer, you must be losing your mind.”

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Wedge Issues In Politics and Media

GayMarriageJournalists who advocate for social justice and civil liberty often fall into the categories which define the political divide.  For some, there are causes about which a journalist may be personally and passionately involved, and their coverage may reflect this personal zeal.

In some cases, there are causes which need to be illuminated, to all sides of the political landscape, but unfortunately the passionate partisan language and personal zeal, incorporates the political divide into media coverage, in a way that often does not serve the public good, and in a way which can be manipulated to drive wedge issues home, on topics that concern all of society.

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Bankistocracy is the New Ruling Class.

In this age of Bailouts and Credit Crisis, Banking has transparently become the new ruling influence in society.  The replacement of the governments of Italy and Greece with IMF and Goldman Sachs Alumni has made this fact of rule by bank an open secret.  Bankers have for years been accused of driving wars, cynically manipulating foreign and domestic policy, industry and discovery.  Banking as a class of society, whether pre or post industrial has some common historical traits.  Namely that form of influence peddling that seeks to profit from both sides of any dispute, and to manipulate the levers of various systems to drive wealth by rule of scarcity and limited capital resources.

Over the centuries banking as a class of society has become something outside of the normal political process.  In many cases driven by nepotism and dynastic succession.  Banker’s are the ‘Money Kings’ of every age.   The quote attributed to Rothschild, “Give me control over a nation’s currency and I care not who makes its laws.” hints at the sanguine application of the power of banking throughout history as a well demonstrated pillar of political influence.  From the ancient world to the modern world, empires rise and fall, largely through struggles with oligarchic banking elites.

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Injustice, Bradley Manning and Wikileaks

Valerie Plame, Bradley Manning, Oliver North

Valerie Plame, Bradley Manning, Oliver North, poster children for suffering servant narratives used to justify war crimes.

I recognize the ideal and wisdom of ‘saner heads’ attempting to prevail.  But most of the ‘saner-heads’ we see are locked in on hair splitting, fine-tooth-combing attempts to prove wrong-doing in minutae.  The evil bastards who don’t really give a crap about the rule of law, are running circles around all that law and order stuff, committing crimes writ-large, war-crimes and all, and have been doing so for decades, or centuries.

The real bad-asses continue to act with impunity.

If this ‘saner heads’ approach was worth anything, some of the real villains of the past few decades would have seen some serious jail time.

I can appreciate that there’s a lot of education and diligence needed to understand and navigate the lofty, slippery and rocky legal terrain, but, the fact is that its generally only the low-hanging-fruit dumbasses who get caught and made an example of.

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Thunderbolts of the Gods — Electric Universe

“From the smallest particle to the largest galactic formation, a web of electrical circuitry connects and unifies all of nature, organizing galaxies, energizing stars, giving birth to planets and, on our own world, controlling weather and animating biological organisms. There are no isolated islands in an electric universe”.

David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill, Thunderbolts of the Gods

“Today, nothing is more important to the future and credibility of science than liberation from the gravity-driven universe of prior theory. A mistaken supposition has not only prevented intelligent and sincere investigators from seeing what would otherwise be obvious, it has bred indifference to possibilities that could have inspired the sciences for decades.”

You can watch the full one hour documentary on google video here.

Nursing Homes are Modern Leper Colonies.

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Nursing homes, and elder abuse are not politically vogue causes, they are a foregone and forgotten conclusion. Old age isn’t pretty, cute or in any way appealing. Nursing homes are a painful reminder of our frail mortality, and our failures as a society.

A way station for humans who serve no useful purpose in the consumer society, segregated from double-income working class families who haven’t the time or resources to care for them, the elderly sit in nursing homes, abused and neglected, medically pacified in many cases, to the point where a lucid elderly person becomes a drooling vegetable because the staff can’t cope or don’t have time to deal with their physical dependence, isolation and emotional needs.

This is the awful by-product of our modern ‘productivity driven’ world, what used to be the domain of families, caring for their elders, has no place in the modern two income family, there is no support structure for the elderly. So their debilitation is sanitized, clinical, anti-septic waiting rooms where they are eased out by soft-policy euthanasia practices, applied through the administration of anti-psychotic medication which pacifies them and shortens their remaining days.
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Blinded by Fig Leaves

adam-eve-234x300In the Judeo-Christian mythos, the first sin, was an act of disobedience, our direct personal relationship with God was damaged by an act of disobedience, the particular sin being the act of disobedience involving the attainment of forbidden knowledge.

In this context, much of human knowledge is flawed. In the gospel narrative Jesus absolves his tormentors; seen literally as his persecutors and figuratively as the whole human race, by stating “Forgive them Father, they know not what they do”.

Aphorisms about the blind leading the blind seem apt for every period of human history.

Gnostic commentators cynically claim that superior knowledge is the basis for their influence in the world.  Contemporary provocateurs make similar claims, arguing for the imposition of political ideology ‘by force’.

There is a strange conception of knowledge, that it is immutable to human distortion. The word ‘understanding’ illustrates this well. People often take understanding to mean ‘having a wider view of things’.  Understanding, however also refers to the beliefs you ‘stand under’, and the resulting perspectives that flow from that belief.

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