Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Unplug Yourself: How Advertising and Entertainment Shapes Your Subconscious

Andre Evans
Activist Post

They say the subconscious mind is more powerful than the conscious. Usually, people are more influenced by their innate subconscious desires or intent than a rational and planned decision. This aspect of human nature is heavily influenced by your daily activity. 

How Corporations Influence Your Subconscious

In Western society, the subconscious mind of the individual is often subject to a number of heavy influences, through entertainment media especially. Television, movies, and music create a profound subconscious effect on the human mind that influences and dictates the choices that they will make to at least some degree.

If you see a certain car advertisement, whether or not you rationally decide your stance on it, you are being pre-programmed to at least accept or acknowledge any claims made by the advertisement itself.

Likewise, the choice of television shows and dramatic elements appearing on TV have a psychological influence on those who watch them. According to statistics, by age 18 the average American youth will have seen over 200,000 simulated acts of violence. The glorification of drug and alcohol use also predisposes an individual to rationally accept and sometimes consent to these actions.


The human self image is psychologically manipulated. When you compare yourself to a famous individual or a person who is depicted as ‘successful’, you may be setting yourself up to subconsciously feel less valuable from the comparison. This subconscious act creates people who are wildly insecure about their physical and mental image.

Romance and sex are also psychologically implanted through advertisements and drama. The use of sex appeal to sell products is obvious. Similarly, dramatic scenes of love and romantic feelings often prey on the human desire to feel loved, and will program an individual to act or react to those situations in certain ways. Displays of sexual suggestiveness, and simulated depictions of sexual relations in media, all contribute to influencing increased sexual activity in young people. Not only that, but they also lead to unhealthy obsession with sex into later years, generally resulting in pornography usage.

Its not just television and movies either. With Internet advertising, viral videos depicting most of these things in horrific detail, and video games, a horde of negative media pervades over society. This power of subconscious influence guides and decides the goals, desires, and opinions of each individual.

A blurring of reality with fiction occurs in this scenario, where the individual is influenced to orient themselves in alignment with these false goals and aspirations that are implanted into them through these media. In extreme cases, their ability to distinguish reality from fiction is impaired, and culminates in some explosive form.

If you add drugs to the entire equation (legal or illegal), you may end up with self destruction. 

Unplug Yourself from Subconscious Influence

Of course, if you are at least aware of the psychological programming, you can intellectually dissent, despite the fact that its continued appearance will dull your senses to how serious the programming actually is. People who are exposed to simulated violence, sex, substance abuse, and drama often become upset, whereas the average person may simply accept these things as easily as they have incrementally conditioned to lose perspective.

It’s highly important to be aware of the psychological programming that occurs on a daily basis. People are taught to live in a simulated reality, with pre determined goals, aspirations, and false expectations. Unplug yourself and others from this form of subconscious influence, thereby unlocking your full potential- rather than being unconsciously controlled by a vague ideal or false images.

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15 comments:

KenBrodeur said...

Timothy Leary was a prophet shaman, Turn on, tune in and drop out! I prefer to entertain myself with a guitar or piano and it is amazing how much time you have if you turn off the TV.

Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of violence in movies, yet I have not perpetrated an act of violence against anyone since I was 8 and that was a schoolyard tussle. TV and movies are MAKE BELIEVE!!! It's a release, a simulacrum. I don't like violence and drama in real life, but a simulation in a movie is called Entertainment. It's not real but it takes the place of the real thing so that I do NOT need it in reality. Not a psycho-itrist, but it goes something like that. Also, I rarely have time to watch TV and movies and when I do, I analyze the ads to see the techniques they use. The answer is to use your BRAIN. You want to make us believe that we have no control over what "they" put in our minds. BS!!! If someone told you to kill yourself would you do it? Think for yourselves and take responsibility for your own thoughts, desires, feelings and actions. It's all you. You have the power.

Anonymous said...

Have you really, I mean Really, listened to pop-music radio stations? Almost every song is about romance - lonely-&-looking-for-it, got it, in the middle of it, it going sour, or gone. People of all ages get programmed to think everyone else is having a great romantic life whilst theirs sucks. Young people are rushed/pressured into relationships way too early because of the 'peer pressure' of pop music's constant message of romance.
The best modern music is Rasta/reggae because much of its lyrics are political and conscience-raising.
Yes - turn off the teevee & turn off the constant message of romance in pop music. Read books, go for walks, have conversations with family and friends. These are just a few of the value activities each of us control - rather than being controlled by corporate media of all types.

Anonymous said...

I don't think so! Anytime advertisment comes on we don't listen and we never take this ideas as real or buy whats advertised.

...its a habit.

Steve Jobs has created the I-Phone and the I-Diot.

Anonymous said...

That he was!

Anonymous said...

I read this book back in the 70's when I worked for the "Industry" in Hollyweird.
Well I quit that gig after about 10 years and quit watching the tube and most Cinema since about 2002, now almost 10 years later all I see in the streets is insanity running amok.
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Four_Arguments_for_the_Elimination_of_Television

Then watch this--the century of the self--
http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-century-of-the-self-full-length-documentary/NTKYZFdgaqESHaNtx8tWNg

Anonymous said...

there was this kid that watch TV in FL he watch so much he became a criminal braking into homes and killing people he was caught and used TV as a defense he ended up being trap i house and thought the only way to get free was to kill the owner a little old lady with big strict she ised that stick to whip the boy many times only to have the boy over power her and put the stick right though her eye in her head she died at once TV TV TV TV TV made this happen so says his lawyer what did the court do >>> said it was all i lie and disbelieving this could happen again it happen to another kid

Anonymous said...

I once was exactly like you and just like I was you really are quite naive to believe that just because you don't go out killing people or acting violently because of it that it has no effect on you, or other people who aren't as mentally active.

Most of the effects such influences have on our psyche's are felt in youth when our impressionable minds are easier to warp and today the majority of kids are literally being raised by Hollywood and the media with little (positive) influence coming from actual parents.

By the time those kids become mature enough to realize that Hollywood and the media are actively trying to manipulate them many of the manipulations have already been thoroughly ingrained in their psyche's and influenced the shaping of many of their core views on life, love and the world at large.

Once they do figure it out they then say "now I know so it can't affect me" completely oblivious to the fact it has already affected them profoundly.

I myself believing as you did only recently came to realize I was wrong about all that violence not affecting me as it had in fact served to militarize me subconsciously to the point where my patterns of thinking were heavily polarized, very 'black and white' - this is what is "right" and everything else is "wrong" - ignoring all the shades of gray in between.

Since cutting out that violent influence completely I have become far more balanced and naturally inclined to listen to alternative views and basically view the world in full color rather than black and white.

The only movies or T.V I watch these days are for researching "official" positions and looking for lies and contradictions and such within the media and going back to movies and shows I watched as a kid and reviewing them to see what all messages and manipulations where being pushed through them.

I am not just talking about violence though as violence is actually one of the hardest things to manipulate people into as any religious or familial belief's or such that oppose such violence basically work to counter their propaganda influence(but again the breakdown of religion and the "family unit" has reduced the counter-influences for most kids).

The easiest manipulation is the one that get's us all to be stupid consumerist pigs by making us "desires driven" rather than needs driven as the older generations(pre 1950's) were taught to be.

Simply by tying certain images to a product they can provoke an emotional reaction to every thought about that product that makes one believe that owning it will make them happy(ier)(or get them laid or whatever...).

In that case it really is like a drug as when you first buy the product you will in fact feel good but that feeling is short lived once you realize it's just another meaningless piece of crap that doesn't actually make your life any more enjoyable but serves to help distract from all the bad crap in your life.

Then the feeling dies and the next fix is sought.

The influences come in all varieties and are far reaching, pretty much our entire world these days is designed to manipulate our ways of thinking in some form or other.

Anonymous said...

http://www.academia.org/the-origins-of-political-correctness/

CRITICAL THEORY

Herbert Marcuse remained in America when the Frankfurt School relocated back to Frankfurt after the war. And whereas Mr. Adorno in Germany is appalled by the student rebellion when it breaks out there – when the student rebels come into Adorno’s classroom, he calls the police and has them arrested – Herbert Marcuse, who remained here, saw the 60s student rebellion as the great chance. He saw the opportunity to take the work of the Frankfurt School and make it the theory of the New Left in the United States.

One of Marcuse’s books was the key book. It virtually became the bible of the SDS and the student rebels of the 60s. That book was Eros and Civilization. Marcuse argues that under a capitalistic order (he downplays the Marxism very strongly here, it is subtitled, A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud, but the framework is Marxist), repression is the essence of that order and that gives us the person Freud describes – the person with all the hang-ups, the neuroses, because his sexual instincts are repressed. We can envision a future, if we can only destroy this existing oppressive order, in which we liberate eros, we liberate libido, in which we have a world of “polymorphous perversity,” in which you can “do you own thing.” And by the way, in that world there will no longer be work, only play. What a wonderful message for the radicals of the mid-60s! They’re students, they’re baby-boomers, and they’ve grown up never having to worry about anything except eventually having to get a job. And here is a guy writing in a way they can easily follow. He doesn’t require them to read a lot of heavy Marxism and tells them everything they want to hear which is essentially, “Do your own thing,” “If it feels good do it,” and “You never have to go to work.” By the way, Marcuse is also the man who creates the phrase, “Make love, not war.” Coming back to the situation people face on campus, Marcuse defines “liberating tolerance” as intolerance for anything coming from the Right and tolerance for anything coming from the Left. Marcuse joined the Frankfurt School, in 1932 (if I remember right). So, all of this goes back to the 1930s.

In conclusion, America today is in the throes of the greatest and direst transformation in its history. We are becoming an ideological state, a country with an official state ideology enforced by the power of the state. In “hate crimes” we now have people serving jail sentences for political thoughts. And the Congress is now moving to expand that category ever further. Affirmative action is part of it. The terror against anyone who dissents from Political Correctness on campus is part of it. It’s exactly what we have seen happen in Russia, in Germany, in Italy, in China, and now it’s coming here. And we don’t recognize it because we call it Political Correctness and laugh it off. My message today is that it’s not funny, it’s here, it’s growing and it will eventually destroy, as it seeks to destroy, everything that we have ever defined as our freedom and our culture.

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Andrew said...

The glare and shiny lights of TV can at times be really hard to resist. I think we are all a little too obsessed with TV and it's personalities...

The real problem is how easy children are lured to it and believe the propaganda that comes from TV

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the TVEEEEEEEEE, it's damaging.

Anonymous said...

Here's something I hope many of you will become aware of. When you are watching TV next time, and the commercials come on, try and realize how many times you actually go into a semi-trance. I didn't believe it myself when first made aware of it, but then I found myself actually having to shake my head and totally break eye contact with the tube.

The scary thing is that there was a gap in my memory - I know I was watching TV, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember the last scene of the show I was just seconds before watching. Sometimes I couldn't even remember the show.

I was, for all intents and purposes, hypnotized into an altered state of awareness.

Laugh if you will, but try it for yourself. It's going to make you wonder... and shudder.

(BTW: I hold two college degrees and am self employed, and never watch soaps or those damnable, mind numbing sitcoms. But still I'm being affected by this phenomenon.)

Anonymous said...

I know for a fact that I have been subconsciously programmed by my TV. Thinking back as a youngster, I can remember getting distraught whenever seeing violence on the tube. Now, sadly, I have become desensitized to it for the most part. You might dismiss this as "growing up", but I don't. I find that this "culture of violence" pervades our media. TV, movies, video games, you name it.

Don't notice anything different? I can see that viewpoint- it sneaks up on you. Spend a month or so (maybe even just a week!) watching nothing but classic television on TVLand, (I hear the groans already...if you can't turn off your addiction to your favorite shows for even a week, then that is called being programmed, folks!) and then turn your regular TV programs back on again after that, and I will guar-an-#u*king-tee you WILL notice a difference. Not just in what you see, but in the way that you relate to it. And, chances are, how you relate to other people day-to-day, overall.

Or, better yet...turn the TV OFF ENTIRELY.

I can remember being able to walk into a video arcade and finding a plethora of non-shooter games- Pac-Man, Crazy Climber, Donkey Kong, Q-bert, Qix, Tetris, assorted road racing games, pinball tables, air hockey, etc. Walk into a video game arcade now? 99% of the games are first person shooters.

Still think you're immune? Name all of the games that you play on your XBox360. Notice a lot of shooter games?

(For a REAL eye-opener about how the corporations have subtly turned the tables and your video games are now playing YOU, investigate a fellow named B.F. Skinner. They have now taken his mind programming methods and incorporated them into video games!)

The only escape is a CONSCIOUS choice to think critically about EVERYTHING you perceive through your 5 senses.

Sound like a lot of work?

How about just being a sheep instead?

PERFECT! That's just what the PTB want.

Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I am in agreement with this essay and I am a regular reader of this site but--petty or irrelevant as this may seem--I am not alone in my irritation when rules of basic grammar are violated (it should be Fox that is semi-literate, not the "Activist Post"!). This sentence is taken from the above article: "Romance and sex is also psychologically implanted. . . ." First year grammar: agreement of subject and verb. If this were an isolated incident I wouldn't comment. William MacAdams

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