Do You Believe That We, As A Society, Are Being Manipulated And Conned By The Powers That Be?

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Are we being manipulated?  Of course we are.  By pretty much everyone, and manipulating us in all sorts of directions.  That's how news organizations operate, newspaper organizations operate, politicians operate, businesses operate.  Chances are, even your friends, neighbors, and coworkers are manipulating you in some fashion. 
 
But I disagree with some of your comments:
 
1) In this day and age, we are not totally dependent on TV as our sole source of information.  There are still the newspapers, which while still slanted towards their ideologies and trying to manipulate what you read, they do tend to go much more in depth in their coverage than TV does, and give more background information.  And then there's the internet, and many different sources of information there.  And in fact, with the internet, it's now easier to find opposing view points--and I regularly search out and read news from Canada, UK, France, and Russia, as well as other English language news from around the world so that I can get points of views from sources outside the US. 
2) The news will address issues of importance, but they will only do so insofar as to present the issue from the viewpoint they support so as to try to manipulate our beliefs for the advancement of what they believe--but that's what individuals do as well.  For instance, if you are having a debate about abortion, are you going to tell the person that you're debating that their position is just as correct for them as your position is for you?  I just haven't come across that type of person--we hold onto our prejudices too strongly.
3) No, we aren't being conditioned into being niave, compliant, or gullible.  That's a decision that we choose to make, or what happens when we decide to stop thinking for ourselves.  In the end, there's no one to blame but ourselves for allowing that to happen.
thanked the writer.
Anonymous
Anonymous commented
Great answer!
Bill Bellomy
Bill Bellomy commented
Dragon, while my generalizations might miss describing your discipline and initiative in seeking alternative information sources, I believe my assessment to be accurate. The news outlets and media sources are increasingly held by one corporate head. American independent newspapers used to be the most fertile ground in the world for a vast range of varied opinions, but now days, the independent is extremely rare, as are deviations from the company line.... coverage is thin and trite... free choice is dying for lack of moral courage to buck the powers that be. Dragon, you are the exception, but you defy the typing of the vast majority.
Thanks!
-WB
Rachele Grover
Rachele Grover commented
Double WOW!
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Anonymous answered
As a society, we are like sheep.  As individuals a few of us live outside the popular culture and have good lives and wonder why the masses continue to set themselves up for such sorrow.
 
There is a vicious ongoing battle to join the group of "powers that be" and the roster changes rapidly.  I believe that most people will look for ways to get money (and power).  Some people are better at it than others and everyone has different scruples.  People with talent for manipulation and a thirst for power and money will try many things to influence as many people as possible to act in a way that the power hungry devils get what they want.  This is only part of the problem.  I see the naive, gullible, masses as also being the problem.  No one forced anyone to get a no money down 130% mortgage with a fluffed up appraisal but the fact that so many people did it is sure causing a problem.  There is a long list of things that are popular that are not making the word a better place (watching TV is one of worst).  The bad behaviour is handing the world to the devils on a golden platter.
 
We are not being betrayed.  We are getting what we desrve.
 
The gates are all down, the signals are flashing, the engineer is blowing the horn.  So if you stay on the tracks, ignoring the facts, don't blame the wreck on the train.
Rachele Grover Profile
Rachele Grover answered
I believe that while the media will only write on what they believe in and some will write with both point of views.  Most news that you hear are actually being monitored by big brother.  You only hear and see what they want you to see and hear.  They are afraid that if we all knew the truth what is going on then these big brothers will be out of office or they will be run out of town.  Look what happened to the cigarette companies when they had to published on how bad smoking is for people, granted there is still a lot of people still smoke but now a quite of few people did file a law suit and won.  Look at the pharmaceutical companies and how they pushed drugs on people and they really did not do a thorough testing on certain drugs, like celebrex, and those anti=inflammatory drugs.  Now they have to put warning labels on them.  Granted if you really want to research on any type of news that you want to read up on you have to look for it.  Some people do not have the luxury on finding these news and or they do not have the time to do any research. 
thanked the writer.
Bill Bellomy
Bill Bellomy commented
Vivacia, I agree wholeheartedly!!! Terms such as "The Man", "Big Brother", "The Establishment", "Big Money", the "Military-Industrial Complex", the "Status Quo", "The Powers That Be", etc., etc.... are all synonymous expressions referring to the consortium of the super-rich, super-influential, super-secretive who act as one, with a single overriding agenda: To preserve and multiply their ever increasing realm of control over the masses, and to continue adding to their vast treasure. Not only do they want to take OUR fair share of the abundance provided for ALL of us, they want to control our thought, our deeds... they want TOTAL authority and control over every aspect of our lives!!! (The "Dream Police"!) With the imperative to suppress and destroy ANY threat, challenge or opposition to their objectives, they have become "shadow tyrants", oppressors of TRUE independence and a very real threat to America's founding principles. The less than 1% who control more than 99% of the world's wealth know no limits to their unbridled and insatiable avarice, and the continued journey down the path they are so easily leading us will result in a world filled with misery and despair. What happened to the true nobility, the visionary protectors and guides, the principled, articulate, honorable beings who so well epitomized integrity, honor, and nobility!
Rachele Grover
Rachele Grover commented
These so call nobility, or the true visionary protectors and guides have been dead and gone and those who took their places took away everything that was good and just and put in place that warp and deny anything that is good.
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steph newham answered
This is a fascination thread - could someone start it up as a debate?  I agree with most of whats been said, but I have to leave for Summer school so can't tarry here.  Thanks to all, wonderful input.
Bill Bellomy Profile
Bill Bellomy answered
I don't believe they are dead and gone --- the "required" immersion into the slime of name calling and other character assaults give decent people pause before entering into the political arena...
-WB

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