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THE ART OF PUPPETEERING part one.

a cut n paste collection of narratives relating to Perception Management, Steering Opinions, and Master Hoodwinkers.

quote: Over the past decade, one key insight that has emerged in psychology is that seemingly irrelevant details within a person's environment can strongly influence their behaviour.

In one experiment, Bargh and his team asked volunteers at their lab to work through questionnaires, the hidden purpose of which was to "prime" some of them to words associated with old age, such as "Florida", "sentimental" and "wrinkle".

The real test started as the participants left to go home, when the researchers secretly timed how long it took them to walk down a long corridor while leaving the building.

Those volunteers who had been primed walked significantly more slowly than those who had not, as if the elderly stereotype had got into their very being.

and the people involved were totally unaware of what had influenced them.
(From issue 2611 of New Scientist magazine, 04 July 2007, page 36-39)



"Public relations embraces the engineering of consent"
said EDWARD BERNAYS (1891 - 1995) the father of public relations

"control the masses without their knowing it."

He also said.....

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society."

The systematic attempt to fool most of the people most of the time is the work of some of the most intelligent, best-informed and highly paid men and women in our societies: spin-doctors, PR consultants, hacks and spooks.

or as Bernays puts it.... "Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind."

"The best PR happens with the people unaware that they are being manipulated."

video of democracy activist John Stauber founding editor of PR watch

tomorrow THE ART OF PUPPETEERING part 2

monday 06082007



THE ART OF PUPPETEERING part one.

a cut n paste collection of narratives relating to Perception Management, Steering Opinions, and Master Hoodwinkers.

quote: Over the past decade, one key insight that has emerged in psychology is that seemingly irrelevant details within a person's environment can strongly influence their behaviour.

In one experiment, Bargh and his team asked volunteers at their lab to work through questionnaires, the hidden purpose of which was to "prime" some of them to words associated with old age, such as "Florida", "sentimental" and "wrinkle".

The real test started as the participants left to go home, when the researchers secretly timed how long it took them to walk down a long corridor while leaving the building.

Those volunteers who had been primed walked significantly more slowly than those who had not, as if the elderly stereotype had got into their very being.

and the people involved were totally unaware of what had influenced them.
(From issue 2611 of New Scientist magazine, 04 July 2007, page 36-39)



"Public relations embraces the engineering of consent"
said EDWARD BERNAYS (1891 - 1995) the father of public relations

"control the masses without their knowing it."

He also said.....

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society."

The systematic attempt to fool most of the people most of the time is the work of some of the most intelligent, best-informed and highly paid men and women in our societies: spin-doctors, PR consultants, hacks and spooks.

or as Bernays puts it.... "Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind."

"The best PR happens with the people unaware that they are being manipulated."

video of democracy activist John Stauber founding editor of PR watch

tomorrow THE ART OF PUPPETEERING part 2

comments (8)

Genius Russell. Subliminal messaging by way of a questionnaire. Now that really is subversive. And the picture with the text is brilliant.
Great post.

WI think we are subjected to subliminal messaging every time we turn the TV on or listen to the radio. I use my radio as an alarm and come round to Virgin whatever it is. Often later in the day thoughts come to mind and I wonder where on earth they came from only to realise something I have heard as I awake has embedded them there.
russell higgs: it'd probably be better to buy yourself an mp3 alarm or a cd alarm and choose your own favourite things to wake up to.

I often wake up to one of the cats purring very optimistically very close to my face. Or to the african grey, that I also live with, improvising one of his avant garde dawn choruses.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Aug 2007, 07:23
One of the best of your portraits, Russell, IMHO.
alternative pose from this shoot....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/1060954586/
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Aug 2007, 12:26
One needs to operate african greys with caution. The damn things are so smart they are likely to be inserting subliminal messages in their dawn chorus to get one to buy the premium mix bird seed as well as suggesting public nudity as a means fight back against The State and its subtle insistence of compliance.
russell higgs: I've never lived with a smart bird before, its quite an experience and a huge learning curve for him and for me.

He now lives 100% free range in my flat, but he used to live with my niece mainly in a cage.

Fortunately he gets on fine with the 2 cats that also live here.

I'm more used to living with other mammals. Living with an intelligent member of another species is utterly fascinating.

Though I'd prefer parrots weren't on sale.

According to the National Parrot Sanctuary the average parrot is rehoused 6 times in its first 2 years.

People think its going to be a cutesy disney experience and they lose interest in the bird when they discover they are responsible for a very complex sensitive creature...... who can also make a right racket. It breaks my heart to think of the number of birds that must be left in a cage all day and ignored.
I discover this new way and appreciate it ! A really interresting work
I love the word "HOODWINKER".
  • Russell
  • another time
  • 1 Sep 2007, 18:30
On the subject of Public Relations infecting the blogosphere, A PR man says.....

"Our job is to get even "challenging" people like you to write, say and/or do what our clients and companies want -- of your own volition -- and not even realize that you're doing it. If you are telling us that you only want information from people whose views you like and trust, then we'll just reach you through them and you'll never be the wiser."

(a comment on Tom Coates' "This is not a brothel..." over on flickr)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/plasticbag/1186789736/
russell higgs: and an extract from a post by Tom Coates on the subject...

"They consider my personal voice a commodity to be acquired, along with what little credibility and authenticity I have."

"you'd be surprised the pressure that you can receive to deform what you write to serve other people's best interests. And it needs to be said, quite apart from my own personal irritation with these people, they are actively trying every day to commandeer the conversations that you are having out there by fair means or foul to serve their needs more effectively. They do it by offering perks, holding or withholding access to people or things and by making people feel privileged by giving them gifts or treats."

http://www.plasticbag.org/archives/2007/08/this_is_not_a_brothel/

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