Venom, anger and hatred have long been the favourite manipulative tools of media, since the pharaohs of Egypt erased the names of competitive predecessors. However, the media practice of transforming unfounded assumptions, gift wrapped as truth, inflames a raging fire from mere sparks flying. , Readers, now informed, may be incredulous, but the public mind collectively bears the brunt of the fictionalised reporting. In fact, media skeptics groan as degraded versions of truth, and other stories boggle the emotions and confuse the mind, to boost the profits of powerful media corporations such as the Sydney Morning Herald.
The question is do we prefer to believe fact or fiction? This phenomenon of preferring to believe media lies to unpalatable truth indicates the vulnerability of the ignorant reader to emotional manipulation by the press. This unquestioning belief of fictionalized reporting in The Times of India certainly indicates elements of an Orwellian society similar to that of 1984, in which the masses dedicate themselves to Two Minutes of Hate, a ritual enshrined in the daily routine, exempt from any need for rationalization. As Orwell warned, control of the public mind is the common goal facing every large institution: "She had not a thought in her head that was not a slogan, and there was no imbecility, absolutely none, that she was not capable of swallowing if the Party handed it out to her." Part 1, Chapter 6, pg. 67
An internet literate reading public, of course, is a tough call for media, since we readers have the presence of mind to seek facts and truth and prefer them to a fictionalized version of news. Yet the tactics of infiltrating the reader's emotions are stirring a storm in societies which may be deemed politically immature or socially troubled. An informed reader, realizes that media bias and manipulation are old news, that Noam Chomsky, stressing the role of alternative, independent media, drew the lines of battle between the media and the public when he wrote : "Citizens of democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control". The reality today is that readers have the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and news reporting, so we are witnessing a new era in journalism, one which may well be labelled "The Rise and Rise of Truth".
What we've learned is that the manipulation of emotions is easier, of course , than manipulating the informed minds of a savvy readership.
The response reiterates certain coercive elements of "The Truman Show", as the television show audience live vicariously on the illusion of Truman's perfect life.
Following a century of failure of totalitarian ideologies inspired by Marxism, readers understand the dual role of media is to inform, provoke and coerce the mind, but these days the game evokes irrational emotion. In his essay, "Politics and the English Language," George Orwell captured the essence of language writes of the English Language, "it becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." This echoed in Marx's statement :d "Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form."
However, in today's world, the media uses language as a manner of controlling people's emotions, altruistic pursuits involving flying the flag for causes such as hobbling multinationals, demanding integrity from politicians, peace instead of war, and climate change action instead of burbled squabbles Of course, as devotees of democracy, we remain hopeful that within our political and judicial framework, civil rights boundaries will be respected, htat the judicial infrastructure will protect the boundaries of reason and truth, that the individual is an important being who counts as much as the legendary Power of One. We want to believe in Orwell's 1984 basic arithmetic: "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows."
Notably, the arrow of fear of the power of the numbers of masses hits the target of the collective government and corporate minds. Of course, in response to the habit of promotion of fear and crisis in the media, readers may well cry "Give us a break!". However, as power of numbers oppose power of government and corporations, the best outcome can be a stalemate.
The informed reader has no doubt that the media employ propaganda, that they play a pivotal role in a relentless social class struggle which is waged daily around our troubled world. Some may even think that the corporate propaganda game may, even rival the oldest profession in notoriety . Perfectly openly and consciously, it seeks to achieve its goal, to control the public mind,
Nevertheless your integrity is understandably challenged when you are asked to imagine an industry so powerful, it can afford to infiltrate governments, all media, the higher education system, the scientific and medical world, the United Nations, and every workplace in the country. Your imagination stretches to conceive that people and organisations could be paid to promote lies and misinformation,to falsify and distort data, and promote wild taxation, not to mention restrictions, segregation, marginalisation, hatred, and social divisions - all to your disadvantage.
Such is the power of Multinational Corporations that you would never dream that you, or your children, could never escape the pillage by those groups and relentless distortions subtly promoted by the state. You are forced, one way or another, to submit your choices, lifestyle, and wallet to them. You may "choose" not to comply, but you will be sanctioned and punished, as are all nonconformists
However, all is not lost. the rebellious psyche of the 21st century man has evolved to more effective strategies of control of the public mind, evident in the film "The Truman Show", in which the individual leads reality televisions public mind in heroic rebellion against the oppressor Christoff .According to the movie, in the mother of democratic societies, the good ol' USA, television, movies, radio, newspapers and magazines are exuding propaganda for the big business advertisers that support them.
Thankfully you're not conscious of it, so ignorance is bliss, happiness is misery and war is peace as in Orwellian Newspeak.
Do we hear echoes of orwell's convoluted manipulations in the tedious dronings of our politicians defending their right to believe themselves infallible? Or perhaps we witness a snapshot of reality in Michael Moore's "9/11' which exposes the real issues and goals of the George W Bush war against Saddam. Winston Smith understood the game of pulling the strings of power, and so do we. Saddam's Weapons of mass destruction were just as fictional as Samuel Goldstein's rebellion movement against the Big Brother regime. The underlying motives remain protective of the social and political status quo, described by Marx simply as "privileges which belong to the minority upper class can never be available to the lower ranks."