Posted October 31, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
Yesterday I mentioned Richard Grove and his website tragedyandhope.com. Like many of you I am a big fan of documentaries, especially those made by independent filmmakers. So I decided to watch the film of which Mr. Grove was co-writer: “State Of Mind: The Psychology of Control”, finding it very interesting. A number of YouTube channels have posted the film and hundreds of thousands of people have viewed it.
The film delves into the subjects of public relations, advertising, psychiatry, and pharmaceuticals, with a variety of short interviews from various men and women who have developed an understanding and expertise. Basically the film points out that there are people who have historically been involved in scientific studies of various modes of shaping human opinion and perception, with financial backing from what has been called by many “the global élite”.
What was interesting about the film was how the historic figures were named, identified, and discussed, that these people developed methods to literally shape the thinking of men and women. The defining of the term “cognitive dissonance”, where a person finds him or herself in a tension-producing situation because two or more opposing ideas surface in one’s mind, which the so-called “global élite” diminish or eliminate through psychiatric drugs or media propaganda, was a revelation.
If you view the film, you will probably never watch TV in the same way again, or you may simply never watch TV again. One of the persons in the film pointed out that on the 6 o’clock news the various networks carry the same stories, pause for advertisements at the same times, and that there is no variance on this consistent day-after-day, week-after-week, year-after-year feature of mainstream news reports. Perhaps you have wondered about this. You may have noticed while checking out ABC, CBS, and NBC that you can bounce between them and find the pattern of sameness.
It was after reading Berkeley communications Professor Ben Bagdikian’s book “The Media Monopoly” that I began to notice this “sameness” as well as the almost total absence of interviews of national leaders from other countries around the Earth. I would personally like to hear extended interviews of government leaders from all the continents, but one can’t even find short interviews. Along with the absence of world leaders’ thoughts and views of current events, the thoughts and views of what some have come to call “critical thinkers”- those men and women who look deeper into issues and question the status-quo – are media non-existent.
The reason for this exclusion of critical thinkers and so-called dissenters, non-conformists, perhaps original thought visionaries, is the effort to diminish or veil any surfacing of cognitive dissonance in the citizenry. The old saying “the proof is in the pudding” applies to the media corporations’ choices of programs and formats. One finds that year after year the programming has remained the same, there is no change of programs or formats, and critical thinkers/thinking is in effect censored.
So, we find that most people, namely those who rarely read a nonfiction book, ask questions, or spend any measureable amount of time researching issues for themselves, become “good citizens” who parrot the talking heads of mainstream media corporations, without any idea whatsoever that the message(s) they are receiving are scientifically created for molding and shaping their perceptions of the world.
I would recommend to others to view the film “State Of Mind” as it is very thought-provoking. The producers are to be congratulated for focusing on the first hurdle to significant change on planet Earth: erroneous perceptions of the people that leads to a false understanding of the way things really are.
I know that many fellow bloggers, because they read many articles per day, don’t have time to burn watching a 150-minute documentary so I did not post the link here. Perhaps you will write the title on a sticky-note to view later. It presents food for thought and should be beneficial with regard to discernment when considering sources of information.
After viewing “State Of Mind” I came across a video from Bill Still’s YouTube channel. Mr. Still is the documentary filmmaker (The Money Masters, The Secret of Oz, Jekyll Island) and monetary reform advocate. Mr. Still gave some slight editing to a talk given in April 2013 by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, an economist who several years ago was one of the youngest economics professors in the history of Harvard University.
A bit about Mr. Sachs.
He was born in 1954. After leaving Harvard in 2002 he became the director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City. Earth Institute is an organization consisting of 850 professionals in the nature and social sciences’ disciplines whose focus is on world sustainable development. Jeffrey Sachs works on globalization issues including trade-economic growth, natural resources-extractive industries, public health-economic development, economic reform, international financial systems, macroeconomic policy, competitiveness, climate-change, and the ending of poverty.
In 2011 Mr. Sachs suggested creating a third United States political party: The Alliance for the Radical Center.
He has been a persistent critic of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and its policies around the world. At the same time he has been critical of international bankers for decades of ineffective investment strategies. He has advised government leaders in nations of South America, Africa, and Europe, and was director of the United Nations Millennium Project between the years 2002-2006.
Mr. Sachs has received many honorary degrees and been named to a number of “World’s Most Influential People” lists through the years. So, when you listen to what he says in this video, you will realize that he has “been around the block” more than a few times, and for a man with Mr. Sach’s world experience to convey this profound message is a signal that change is long, long overdue.
- Jeffrey Sachs hails ‘development gift’ (theguardian.com)
- The Millennium Ethical Fallacy: Why Ignore Future Children? (freakonomics.com)
- Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed | Aditya Chakrabortty (theguardian.com)
- Is Paul Krugman a Voodoo Economist? – Paul Craig Roberts (paulcraigroberts.org)