Friday, June 5, 2015
Who Do You Think of When I Say..."Gary Condit"? Propaganda Number One: Scandal
Yet, he did not kill her.
This is actually a form of propaganda that is used to smear an enemy that Gary Condit foolishly brought upon himself...
by lying .
Propaganda Technique Number One: Scandal
Propaganda is often used to destroy one's political enemies, so that the voter base can be protected, in short term gain.
Since we are coming upon the next presidential elections, and this blog is dedicated to deception detention, is there a better mix than politics and deception to be found in today's "subjective" ruling world, where logic is "hate" and feeling is "love"? I'll save that technique for the third (3) installment.
Propaganda's techniques are often successful in that they appeal to human nature. Thus, your understanding of human nature will dictate how you think about yourself, how you think about others, and how politicians' words will impact you.
We are divided in most general terms, into two schools:
1. Man is born with propensity towards evil, and must be, therefore, trained to do good. Or
2. Man is born with propensity towards good, but when exposed to evil, is susceptible to evil.
Part 1 seeks to restrain evil, with historical "thou shalt not steal" and "thou shalt not kill" rehearsed into a child's hearing, over and over, including using mnemonics, including song, as well as narrative, that is, moral stories to inspire the choosing of good. This is done with or without religion and the follow up is that the child is taught consequence including empathy towards victim.
Part 2 says that man is basically born good, and does evil because he has been exposed to it. This is to say that "thou shalt not steal" is not as important as making sure the child has money and opportunities for money.
This is where a problem of poverty is seen and decisions are made based upon one of these two beliefs;
either heavy emphasis upon personal responsibility or heavy emphasis upon help.
This is the proverbial argument:
Do we give him a free fish, or do we help him buy a fishing pole?
Politicians build voter base for themselves on this simple question.
Propaganda seeks to enforce an answer.
In the case of Gary Condit, the association with the negative appealed to human nature that is born with propensity towards the negative, who thrives on ugly rumors and has to be taught to embrace goodness.
This is where scandal is used, so often, that even when not true, the "scent sticks" to the person. In Condit's case, he lied about their relationship in the worst possible timing.
The ugliness of scandal matters less than this:
Make an ugly allegation and let people divide into two groups:
1. He did it
2. He did not do it
Let's choose something very ugly: child molestation. Put it "out there" in media that Mr. Smith, who is running for office, "may have ties to child pornography..."
It is really ugly. For a man, it is about the worst thing (still) that can be pinned upon someone, even in today's subjective environment where one may be biologically male, but "feel" female, thus, he is.
My 13 year old son announced last night that although he appears to be biologically 13, he "feels" that within him, he is 21 and should be permitted to go to a bar and have a beer with his older brother.
Subjectivity, however, will be used in deception in a different article.
Back to Propaganda Number One: Scandal.
Float it that Mr. Smith "may" have ties to child pornography, and openly opine that he may have even acted out his fantasy and let the word spread. The nastier the allegation, the more the odor will stick to him.
People will react in all sorts of ways.
People will line up and condemn the journalism as "weak" and "unsupported."
Others will say that they had a "feeling" all along, that he was a pedophile and this will then help in the division that propaganda seeks. Since what one "feels" is now trumps science, this will hold a lot of weight with some.
Let them argue back and forth.
Let them take sides.
Then, another group will arise and say that pedophilia is a genetic sexual attraction and that this will be our next Civil Rights category.
Greece will say, "hey, pay them to stay home as a disability. You get to hire a whole bunch of people to accomplish this: you need government workers to collect the money, distribute the money, type up the paperwork, supervise each level, and you even need to hire some to investigate to make sure he is home, looking at child porn, but not touching children. Lots of voter base to build here with government jobs. You don't have the money? Borrow it. Germany will lend it to you. If they say 'no', call them racist and threaten to send Jihadist by the score into the streets of Berlin. They'll loan you the dough."
This group is quickly ridiculed as ridiculous, on talk radio, but then the media response is that "extremest talk radio is dangerous" and that they have "no compassion" for pedophiles is soon replaced by yet another word (and another propaganda technique of deception), "hate", and the moral high ground of the "absence of hate" is established.
Splinter groups everywhere arise, including vigilantes who want to go and execute the pedophile and then some more extreme group arises on Face Book and says...
Still another group has found photos of Mr. Smith rubbing children's heads at a soccer game, clearly "grooming them" for later abuse.
Pete Townsend was recently praised without a single contrary view in the position of asking, "What about the lives of children destroyed in the making of child pornography?"
Then, victims of childhood sexual abuse go on television and talk about their destroyed immune systems, and the hurt that is imposed upon them, and so on...Though their suffering was, and is, real, if it suits a politician's purpose to minimize, demonize or blame them, it will happen. Every angle you can imagine will be taken.
Then another group tries to prove the allegations are false, but they are shouted down as "partisan" and "divisive" and...
It seems that everyone is talking about Mr. Smith and child molestation.
It matters little that he was innocent, or that the arguments to and fro, for and against, are clever, strong, weak, subjective, silly, or anything else:
just as long as Mr. Smith and child molestation are spoken of in the same breath, Mr. Smith's political ambition and his associations, can be defeated.
The first and major technique used in propaganda war is the Scandal technique, which has one goal: get as many people as possible talking about the target and the Scandal together. The less educated the audience, the better.
Just saying his name brings most of us to the name of Chandra Levy ,the murdered young woman he was involved in while in office. When she disappeared, he lied.
How incredibly foolish and incredibly selfish! Rather than assist police and admit the affair, he did what was best for him.
Note: he was not someone who did not have enough money to buy food for his family at the time of his lie. (Les Miserable)
The "Overly Obvious" Propaganda technique that is often highlighted in Statement Analysis, followed by "The Moral High Ground Voter Base" technique.