Looking at the picture of the pendulum above it’s possible to draw certain conclusions . It is impossible to understand who or what the pendulum is held up by by merely observing the picture. This also holds true in regards to most of that which people nowadays get subjected too. Yesterday i looked at a youtube clip and my wife asked me this question; ” do you know anything about this person that made this and if this is true or not? I replied; “Do you know anything about the ones creating the Netflix series that you watch?” The interesting thing is that we often only question information that go against our beliefs,worldviews, preferences and so on. (in psychology this is known as cognitive biases) Seldom do we question the news from the state sponsored media or that which is regarded as entertainment. We humans perceive that which gets presented to us often without ever thinking about in what way that could change preferences in our lives regarding morality,choices and actions.
The illusion of the self as a “fixed state” is widely evident but a fact that often not so often consciously will be realized by all. Adaptation is as we know it a trait crucial for all species in regards too their survival, this also holds true for society. As people work and live their minds numb down because of stress and workloads. Something will probably happen as they come home and look at certain series on their televisions or smartphones? With a non critical perceiving and a certain level of capitulation in regards to that which is shown they are molded into that which is unknown to themselves. So theoretical the ones creating the series can actually have plans or goals who are unknown for the ones getting subjected to it.
The potential danger lies within the general perceived security level of a society. For there it normally exists a very low amount of questioning in regards to that which gets perpetrated in the media. But for someone living in north Korea this probably wont be the case. Because a totalitarian society use all media as means of control and manipulation of the people living there in a very direct and clear way. So people living there are probably more aware of this aspect of the media i believe.
But the great thing about propaganda in a totalitarian state is that it actually often is pretty obvious in what purpose it is made for. But the news in a democratic country is often taken only for what they are. Like something which strictly gets used for public service. But the question seldom arise within the viewers of the news , why this is shown? The true purpose of it and the real incitements behind it.
Why report selectively if not as for a purpose? Withholding certain aspects of the bigger picture can actually lead the public astray. Leaving something out can have an immense effect often surpassing that which is being shown.
The danger of YouTube is that it offers models of reality that assimilates within the public minds whether the want that or not. Non criticism is often an effect correlating with the amount of subjectively felt security. As someone has come home they shut down their “display persona” . Humans get very vulnerable to critic and judgment by their fellow man as they step outside their homes. This activates a mental “ready” state that never gets activated as someone stayes at home by themselves. This is then exploited by a variety agents like the market and others known or unknown cooporations who resides out there on the internet.
So please step into your “ready state” as you go out on YouTube and on the internet. Otherwise you will get subjected to various risks because of your falsely felt level of comfort, security and control. Which actually does not reside where you are in your home by your self. Due to the fact of a vast amount of ideas and worldviews that gets “streamed” into your psyches on a daily basis.
I dont wont to install paranoia in you by Writing this. I just want to make you aware of this non critical mindset that sets in as the level of Comfort rises. And thru that activate your own rational mind to choose wisely what you look at in the media.