Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Cry the Beloved Country

Labour seems to have learned the lessons of the American election well: scare the shit out of people and convince them that their only salvation lies in voting their fears.

Propaganda is about stimulating the reptilian parts of our brains, making us think we're under attack, stimulating our "fight or flight" responses. It is difficult to think rationally when you're under attack: evolution says that those who respond rather than think, survive. But do we need to continue living like Neanderthals?

2 comments:

Sheryl said...

What I can't figure is why these people who think they are smarter than everyone else (of the conservatives)want to live in world that is that stupid.

Don't they realize that if they target people's stupidity that they are also reinforcing it?

I know I don't want to live in a world where I can't communicate with people or where they see me as an "ivory tower elite," because I can still spell my name.

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