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Are Greeks Victims of Chomsky’s “10 Media Manipulation Strategies”?

Every Greek and every Greek-speaking foreigner living in this country, experiencing the economic crisis and the bombardment of threats, blackmails and catastrophy scenarios by national and international politicians, officials and several other -icians struggles to escape all this mechanisms targeting to crack down the society. I am not talking so much on the high taxes, the unemployment, the collapse of the public services. I ‘am speaking of the daily psychological warfare we are exposed to by the media – local and international alike.

A warfare focusing on  the mother of all battles against the Drachma when the father of all battles turned to be the euro (See also Spain. Ireland and the rest). No, I do not try to wash clean the Greek politicians who brought the country to this misery we are soaked in today, neither part of the society that profited from corruption, favouritism, nepotism and all the other society disasters.

I am just referring to the latest stand of Greek reporting, especially after the results of May 6 elections, and the uni-sono pro euro campaign performed under a fierce anti-drachma strategy. From early in the morning until late in the evening Greek media and political party representatives ‘fight’ in front of our TV screens whether this party’s strategy is right or wrong.

At the same time, many Greek citizens walk their own Calvary on a daily basis. However the problems the average Greek citizen faces are  reduced to a superficial approach with a minimum reference of the issues to be addressed.

Therefore, I post below the essay of Noam Chosmky, the renowned US linguist and philosopher, “10 Media Manipulation Strategies of the Public”.

Everyone who has been living in this country for at least the last 10-15 years will very well recognize the media coverage when the country was entering the euro. Remember the euphoria? When politics and economy news are replace by reports on “Panda bears chewing in China”, local celebrity ‘stars’ in live coverage from the church where they got married. 10 minutes life link during the prime time news…

I also remember the non-stop reports on the parsley cost that increased from 50 Drachmas to 0.50 euro (150 Drachma) when the euro was introduced. When the whole problem of the sharp price increases were exhausted in a bundle of parsley…

10 Manipulations Strategies

Brainwashed by Noam Chomsky The 10 strategies of manipulation The linguist Noam Chomsky North American has developed a list of “Ten Strategies for handling” through the media. We reproduce it here. It details the range, since the strategy of distraction, through the strategy of humiliation to keep the public in ignorance and mediocrity.

1 – The strategy of distraction

Essential element of social control, the strategy of diversion is to divert public attention from important issues and changes decided by the political and economic elites, through a constant flood of entertainment and information insignificant. The strategy of diversion is also essential to prevent the public interest in the essential knowledge in the fields of science, economics, psychology, neurobiology, and cybernetics. “Keep the public’s attention diverted away from real social problems, captivated by matters of no real importance. Keep the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to the farm with other animals. ”
Excerpt from “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars”

2 – Create problems and offer solutions

This method is also called “problem-reaction-solution “. It first creates a problem, a “situation” referred to elicit some reaction from the public, so that it is itself that measures applicant wishes him to accept. For example: let it develop urban violence, or organize bloody attacks, so that the public security laws or applicant at the expense of freedom. Or: Create an economic crisis to accept as a necessary evil, the decline of social rights a nd the dismantling of public services.

3 – The degradation strategy

To accept an unacceptable extent, simply apply it gradually, “degraded” over a period of 10 years. That’s the way that socio-economic conditions radically new (neo) were imposed during the years 1980 to 1990. Massive unemployment, precariousness, flexibility, outsourcing, wages can no longer ensure a decent income, so many changes that have caused a revolution if they had been brutally applied.

4 – The strategy of deferred

Another way to accept an unpopular decision is to present it as “painful but necessary, by obtaining the agreement of the public in this for an application in the future. It is always easier to accept a sacrifice a sacrifice immediate future. First, because the effort is not to provide right away. Then because the public still tends to naively hope that “everything will be better tomorrow” and that the sacrifice required may be avoided. Finally, it allows time for the public to get used to the idea of ​​change and accept it with resignation when the time comes.

5 – Addressing the public as to children in infancy

Most advertisements for the general-use public discourse, arguments, characters, and a particularly tone condescending, often close to the debilitating, as if the viewer was a child of young age or mental disabilities. The more we seek to mislead the viewer, the more you adopt a tone of childish. Why? “If you go to a person as if she was aged 12 when, due to suggestibility, it will have a certain probability, a response or reaction as uncritical as a person 12 years.
Excerpt from “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars”

6 – Appealing to the emotional rather than thinking

Appealing to emotions is a classic technique for bypassing rational analysis, and therefore the critical individuals. In addition, the use of emotional register opens the door to the unconscious as the site for ideas, desires, fears, impulses, or behavior…

7 – Keep the public in ignorance and stupidity

Ensure that the public is unable to understand the technologies and methods for its control and slavery. “The quality of education given to the lower classes must be the poorest, so that the gap of ignorance that separates the lower class upper class is and remains incomprehensible to the lower classes.
Excerpt from “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars”

8 – Encourage the public to wallow in mediocrity

Encourage the public to find “cool” being stupid, vulgar and uneducated …

9 – Replace the revolt by guilt

To believe that the individual is solely responsible for his misfortune, because of the insufficiency of his intellect, ability, or her efforts. Thus, instead of revolting against the economic system, the individual self-devaluation and guilt, which creates a depression which one effect is inhibition of the action. And without action, no revolution! …

10 – People know better than they know themselves

Over the past 50 years, rapid advances in science have opened up a widening gap between public knowledge and those owned and used by the ruling elites. With biology, neurobiology, and applied psychology, the “system” has reached an advanced knowledge of the human being, both physically and psychologically. The system has come to better understand the average person that it does not know himself. This means that in most cases, the system has more control and more power over individuals that the individuals themselves.

(internet source: european-citizens-network)

Do some of these strategies have your hear some ‘clicks’ in your brain? Timely suitable. Just a food for thought…

PS No wonder that Greeks are so depressed and paralyzed…

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  1. Great analysis!

    Engineering a crisis by inflating debt (fiat currency) and forcing a deflation to remove social rights seems well applied in the eurozone crisis!

  2. As a last effort to save Greece, lot of people have filed in Criminal Court in The Hague at least two appeals and a series of complaints which undoubtedly prove the commission of crimes against humanity and genocide in progress. Let’s support this initiative. Please sign and forward the petition. We are the 99%! Let stop them here before it is to late.

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  3. That’s just a propaganda stunt that won’t lead to any changes. There is no legal right that entitles the Greeks to be financially supported by other Eurozone countries. So, there are no legal grounds to sue. Also, the Greek government had a choice, it could have reverted to the Drachma and fund the expensenses, including welfare for the people, that way. Under the impression of the overwhelming majority of Greeks favoring to stay in the Eurozone, it decided to go that way instead. The other European governments aren’t responsible for this and under no legal obligation at all to use their tax moneys for Greek welfare. So, nothing will come out of this totally frivoulous lawsuit, except a strong reprimand by the judges that the plaintiffs are wasting the precious time of the court.

    But this shows that the naive (imho even brazen) mindset, that other people are somehow responsible for making up for Greek shortcomings and failures, is still very widespread among Hellenics. Instead of focussing on the own abillities to master problems, too many people are expecting others to do so and even vehemently complain when the support isn’t generous enough. Excuse me pls, but to me and many other observers in the rest of the world, this looks as if many of you folks are just plain nuts.

  4. keeptalkinggreece

    I think the main problem are the shortcomings in the euro treaty. they should have cought in paper what will happen if things go wrong. They didn’t and now one after the other EZ countries fall into bailout mechanism. It is a systemic failure that includes “lazy” Greeks, Portugues, Irish, Spaniards and will soon Cypriots, Italian and so on…
    BTW: when did Greece had “the chance to return to drachma”?