Category Archives: Media

Emotional Media and the Power of Political Suggestion | Feb 16 2019

Two minutes of hate 1984

|| Orwell’s 1984

“The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.”
The Hate rose to its climax. The voice of Goldstein had become an actual sheep’s bleat, and for an instant the face changed into that of a sheep. Then the sheep-face melted into the figure of a Eurasian soldier who seemed to be advancing, huge and terrible, his sub-machine gun roaring, and seeming to spring out of the surface of the screen, so that some of the people in the front row actually flinched backwards in their seats. But in the same moment, drawing a deep sigh of relief from everybody, the hostile figure melted into the face of Big Brother, black-haired, black-moustachio’d, full of power and mysterious calm, and so vast that it almost filled up the screen. Nobody heard what Big Brother was saying. It was merely a few words of encouragement, the sort of words that are uttered in the din of battle, not distinguishable individually but restoring confidence by the fact of being spoken. Then the face of Big Brother faded away again, and instead the three slogans of the Party stood out in bold capitals:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
– George Orwell, 1984

 

Orwell’s Two Minutes Hate: Terror Management and the Politics of Fear

|| uroboros73

“The opening chapter of Orwell’s dystopian nightmare Nineteen Eighty-four centers around the “Two Minutes Hate.” Winston Smith, the novel’s protagonist, describes pulling up a chair in front of the big telescreen, taking a seat among his Ministry of Truth co-workers, and participating in a ritual designed to reinforce party orthodoxy, Oceania’s version of Must-See-TV.

What follows is a wild display of enmity, precisely channeled and orchestrated by Ingsoc, the totalitarian rulers of Oceania. The chorus of hissing, squeaking, and screaming is focused on Goldstein, the ultimate enemy of the state, “the self-satisfied sheeplike face” that automatically “produced anger and fear” in everybody. Why? Goldstein stands for everything Ingsoc reviles. He demands peace and advocates “freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, freedom of thought.”

The Hate celebrates Ingsoc’s slogans—WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH—and helps stamp out thoughtcrime, i.e. the right to hold personal, unorthodox beliefs and value privacy, the very thing Winston secretly lives for. He’s actually a big fan of Goldstein. But even this devout intellectual heretic feels powerless to the overwhelming wave of emotion that ripples though the crowd and makes otherwise reserved and terse people start “leaping up and down…and shouting at the tops of their voices.”  Take a look at a cinematic interpretation of this.

The most horrific thing, Winston says, isn’t simply that he feels obliged to go along with it. It’s that even a true thoughtcriminal like himself finds it “impossible to avoid joining” the “hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer.” Winston helplessly watches as his secret loathing for Big Brother, the face of the Party, becomes, for a brief, but terrifying moment, true adoration. This foreshadows the fate of his desperate revolt. In the end, Winston’s rebellion fails. He is destined to love Big Brother. The Two Minutes Hate gives us a disturbing glimpse into the psychological, and indeed physiological, means by which totalitarian control is possible. Orwell takes the reader right to the intersection of nature and nurture, where political propaganda sets its scalpel and goes to work, ‘healing’ us through the power of ‘proper’ beliefs—the pseudo-salvation of mind and body that comes from loving and hating the ‘right’ faces. Being an accepted member of your tribe, Orwell argues, is invariably linked to being fervently hostile towards the othertribe.

In this way, Orwell’s diagnosis of totalitarian tactics prefigures a recent breakthrough in social psychology called Terror Management Theory (TMT). The idea is rooted in anthropologist Ernest Becker’s seminal work The Denial Death, which proposed that all human behavior is instinctively shaped and influenced by the fear of death. Whether we realize it or not, our ‘mortality anxiety’—a quality that appears to be unique to our species—is such a potent and potentially debilitating force, we have to repress and distract ourselves from it. But as Freud says, the repressed always returns, slipping into our conscious minds and affecting our behavior in lots of weird ways. This anxiety, according to Becker, feeds back into our psyche and influences everything we think and do. Our social practices and institutions—from politics to religion to art—are systematic attempts to explain away and allay this fear, which is why we can lash out so viciously at those who seem to threaten or undermine our beliefs. We can’t let their existence weaken our psychological armor against the ultimate enemy, Death itself.

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Terror Management Theory (TMT) can explain everything from the bloody sacrificial rites carried out by the Aztecs to the sudden and unquestioning support Pres. Bush received from many liberals after 9/11, people who on September 10th didn’t even think he’d legitimately won the office. The theory helps us grasp not only the irrational, cult-like power of charismatic leaders and the effectiveness of negative political ads, it presupposes a neurological basis for our susceptibility to the Love/Hate style of propaganda—how it taps into the way we’re wired and re-routes the circuitry so we become unwitting puppets to elitist agendas that don’t actually serve our interests. We become mouthpieces and pumping fists for the very forces that oppress us. In other words, you are not in control of your own beliefs and behavior, Big Brother has already gotten to your amygdala—the brain’s subcortical fear factory—and told you what to love and what to hate, the faces worth admiring and the faces that need to be smashed with a sledgehammer…or with a prejudicial slur or with a cruise missile.”

….read more at: https://uroboros73.wordpress.com

 –  “Sadly, political discourse today has devolved to emotionally charged ideological vehemence, motivated and stirred on by our ubiquitous media world.

Pick your media, you’ve picked your side.

We are one channel away from our own personal ‘two minute hate.’ /CJ

The ‘View’ Obscured? | Feb 08 2019

Whoopi Goldberg Absent From ‘The View’ Since Joy Behar’s Blackface Photo Resurfaced

|| BigLeaguePolitics.com

 

Where is Whoopi?

“Whoopi Goldberg, a regular co-host of ABC’s show “The View,” has been absent from the show since Wednesday morning, just after the resurfacing of co-host Joy Behar’s blackface photos Tuesday.

“Whoopi has a day off,” Behar said at the opening of Wednesday’s show. “I think she has – she’s under the weather a little bit, I think.”

Thursday, she did not appear on the show either.

“So, Whoopi is still under the weather,” Behar said Thursday. “She doesn’t feel well, sorry to say. She’ll be back maybe Monday – maybe, I don’t know.”

Tuesday Big League Politics reported that in 2016, Behar openly copped to wearing blackface to a Halloween party at age 29:”

…read more @ BLP

Michael Moore’s Latest Becomes Box Office Poison | Sep 24 2018

MICHAEL MOORE’S ANTI-TRUMP FILM BOMBS AT THE BOX OFFICE. THE NUMBERS ARE HORRIFIC

|| Daily Caller

“Michael Moore’s anti-Donald Trump film “Fahrenheit 11/9” crashed and burned at the box office over the weekend.

The plot of the movie, according to IMDB, is: “Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald J. Trump presidency and gun violence while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.”

Apparently, people just weren’t interested in going to the theater this weekend to get a political lecture because the numbers were abysmal.”

….read more @ Daily Caller

 

Weekend Box Office: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Eyes $25M; ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Falls Flat

|| The Hollywood Reporter

“Unless traffic picks up, Fahrenheit 11/9  is headed for an eighth-place finish with $3 million-debut from 1,719 theaters (pre-release tracking had suggested at least $5 million-$6 million). One bright spot: Audiences gave it an A CinemaScore.

Moore’s satirical, anti-Trump film marks the first release from Tom Ortenberg’s new company, Briarcliff. (Ortenberg worked with Moore on Fahrenheit 9/11 while stationed at Lionsgate.) It earned just north of $1 million on Friday.”

….read more @ THR

Let’s Go Back to a Simpler Time: Reagan, RFK, Hoffa, Cavett Video | Aug 03 2018

 | When we could actually speak with one another….

First Reagan and Robert Kennedy is an amazing interview:

|| Reagan does a great job of articulating his position, although he makes several errors as regards the Diem Regime and the elections in SV. RFK gets to state his view, it all happens respectfully. Great stuff.

Then a great Cavett interview, which begins at 4:20, with Jimmy Hoffa, joined by lawyer Marvin Belli, Hoffa makes some great points about being the target of the media, so apropos in today’s heated political environment:

Then, that time with:

A Roast with Don Rickles, when we could laugh about politics:

|| He roasted Reagan. Hurrah.

 

 

 

Silicon Valley Shutting Down Free Speech on Twitter with Shadow Bans? | Jan 13 2018

How Many of Twitter’s 1,110 Foreign Visa Holders Are Actively Working to Shut Down Conservative Speech in America?

|| TGP

“On Thursday investigative journalist James O’Keefe and Project Veritas released a shocking report on how Twitter Corporation shadow bans conservative voices on the social media platform.

Of course, the liberal US media ignored the shocking report by Project Veritas.

What is more disturbing is that Twitter filed 869 labor condition applications for H1B visa and 241 labor certifications for green card from fiscal year 2014 to 2016.

In total Twitter applied filed applications for 1,110 foreign workers.
Twitter reportedly has 3,900 employees.

The video has over 138,000 views in about 8 hours.

On Thursday night James O’Keefe challenged the liberal media to cover the story.

The liberal mainstream media ignored the story today as they regularly do when the story does not fit their left-wing narrative.

Of course, the liberal US media ignored the shocking report by Project Veritas.

Watch this Project Veritas clip of Twitter engineer, Pranay Singh show his disgust for the American flag, guns and God. He also calls Trump supporters “rednecks”. He is bragging about censoring and shadowbanning people on Twitter. Let that sink in.

Singh also claims all Trump supporters on Twitter are Russians.

TGP’s Cristina Laila points out the obvious:

…Continue reading more @ TGP

 

NetFlix Pulls the Handle on Chelsea | Oct 19 2017

Chelsea Handler to Focus on Political Activism After Netflix Cancels Her Talk Show

|| Breitbart

“Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show Chelsea has been canceled after just two seasons, a decision the late-night host said gives her an opportunity to be more politically active in future elections in the era of Trump.

In a tweet sent Wednesday evening, Handler confirmed the news that her show had been canceled. Citing her own political galvanization since Donald Trump’s election as a factor in the decision, Handler says she will become a more “engaged citizen,” partnering with Netflix on a forthcoming Documentary featuring her talking to “people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart