Author: Manipulation Watcher

Ads of Yore

The world changes, but it does so slowly. But slow changes do add up over time, and sometimes when you wait long enough and look back, you’re stunned at how far you’ve come… The same is true in manipulation: go far back enough, and the manipulations of yesterday seem increasingly simple and transparent. Take women’s vote, for example. Women only got the right to vote less than one hundred years ago. A hundred years is not that long ago, and people like to talk about the pioneers that fought to give women the vote. But we tend to forget...

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Reality Show Roundup, 2012!

So here is our long-awaited yearly reality show update!! It is a week or so late, but let’s gloss quickly over that and see what the previous year brought us in terms of manipulative TV shows! First off, we’re lowering the rating on the Storage Wars show. Last year we gave it a 3, but since then it’s become more ‘fake’, apparently. One the stars of the show is suing it, and  new revelations have come to light around the producers planting items (which we knew about), scripting auctions (which we suspected), and even paying for plastic surgery for...

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Of Flags and Agents

One of the more interesting and used manipulation techniques is called the False Flag manipulation. It’s pretty simple: you do something terrible, and then make sure that there is enough evidence to blame someone else, preferably someone that you don’t like. In practice, there are many ‘flavors’ of False Flag operations. At one end of the scale is the misdirection move, as used by Linda McMahon in the recent election:   Linda is the wife of Vince McMahon, who took wrestling to a national sport and in the process became a multi-millionaire. Linda is a Republican, who has given...

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How to win an election, part II

Part I of how to win an election covered some of the basics of manipulating voters during an election. But ultimately, you can only manipulate voters so much before an election: a good campaign can sway independent voters, but is unlikely to convert a die hard republican into a democrat or vice versa. So basic manipulation may be enough to win, but what if you really, really want to win, and you’re not a big believer in that whole “one-man, one vote” thing? Well, step 1 is to stop supporters of your opponent from voting. You can do that in any number of ways, as it turns out, as both Democrats and Republicans have amply demonstrated during this campaign. Republicans, for example, have made the news quite a bit for passing (or trying to pass) voter ID laws in the states that they control. Voter ID laws, ostensibly, are designed to prevent voter fraud, by asking voters to present an ID of some sort when voting, and as such should be a Good Thing. In practice, however, they are largely manipulative initiatives designed to suppress a certain type of vote. For one thing, the type of fraud that could be addressed with ID laws is really not an issue in the US. Most proponents of ID laws admit that they don’t know of a single instance of ID fraud...

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Scientology, Part II

A few weeks ago, we started talking about Scientology. If you missed that post, the summary is that Scientology is good at recruiting young actors into its midst, through a number of different techniques. The question, though, is not why anyone joins – at one point or another, it’s pretty easy to manipulate an actor or actress into joining a Cthulhu cult if it gives them a chance to ‘break through’. The more interesting question is, why does anyone stay? Do a quick Google search for Scientology, and out of the top ten results, you have gems like “The...

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