Freedom Of Thought And Information: Quotes.

If the ruling elites want to establish global control they need to be able to control all information the general population have access to. The idea of controlling information in order to limit the ability to think and develop ideas served Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and many other dictators well but was completely exposed by George Orwell in the novel ‘1984’.

 

In recent decades the technique for controlling thoughts and ideas has been more subtle, but that has not prevented many commentators higlighting what is going on.

 

“If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” — Howard Zinn, historian and author

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“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity” – much less dissent. Gore Vidal

 

“Understand that all battles are waged on an unconscious level before they are begun on the conscious one, and this battle is no different. The power structure wishes us to believe that the only options available are those which they present to us, we know this is simply not true.” – Teresa Stover

 

“People in the West need to understand that if the news they receive bears on the interests of the US military/security complex, the news is scripted by the CIA. The CIA serves its interests, not the interests of the American people or the interests of peace.” – Paul Craig Roberts

 

In the years the USA could claim with some credibility to be the only global superpower, the elites managed to gain control of print and broadcast media throughout the developed world. Unfortunately the technology developed as a tool to to enhance the ability of the elite to control information while maintaining the illusion of freedom, The Internet, backfired on them. The General public forever despised by intellectuals and derided by the elite and the media proved to be a lot more intelligent and adaptable than ‘the controllers’ suspected.

 

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John G Added Apr 7, 2017 - 3:51pm
“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world.
 
Indeed. The general belief that the wars and aggression waged by the US against people of foreign lands are somehow benevolent acts is just astonishing in this day and age.
 
George N Romey Added Apr 7, 2017 - 4:12pm
There will soon be a backlash against elites, particularly as the global economy implodes.  The smart ones have secured land on distant islands and have made sure they have hard assets. The dumb ones, most of the elite class, continue to live with their paper wealth clueless to the fault line opening beneath them.
 
I might like many others die in the ultimate economic crash do big and systemic even for Central Banks to print their way out.  But I will die laughing as the stock and bond market are in total freefall, real estate prices are collapsing and the Wal Marts of the world see their business drown.
John G Added Apr 7, 2017 - 4:28pm
And now they've bombed Syria.
Utpal Patel Added Apr 10, 2017 - 4:40pm
If not corporations, who do you wish control the media/information?  The government?  A wealthy individual who is not beholden to anyone? Or perhaps you think they should all be non-profits, as that would ensure their objectivity (queue sarcasm)?
 
In light of the power of the internet and our many different choices to receive news and information, no single corporation can control it.  And because corporations are all out to make money, you can be sure there is no conspiracy where they all decide to work together.  So spare me your references to 1984, Hitler and Mao Tse Tung, the media here is the way it should be. 
John G Added Apr 11, 2017 - 2:44am
Utpal Patel
 
Please tell me this is parody.
Ian Thorpe Added Apr 11, 2017 - 9:30am
Utpal Patel,
you may spare yourself all references I make in future by not reading my articles. Oh and BTW I think you mean 'cue sarcasm'.
But you really let yourself down with the comment, "In light of the power of the internet and our many different choices to receive news and information, no single corporation can control it. "
Over the past two or three years independent media has been full of reports on how collaboration between corporate entities and state security agencies can control what information web users see.
How that is done is too complex to explain in a comment thread, to learn more you will have to read my subsequent articles. Oh but then you will be exposed to my references to Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Phillip K Dick, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Eric Cantona, The Frankfurt School, The Marx Brothers and anyone else I choose to mention.
Billy Roper Added Apr 11, 2017 - 9:46am
It's a demonstrable fact that Jews control the news and entertainment media, almost exclusively, and seek to censor the internet, as well, but their inability to do so thus far has led to their continual exposure.
Billy Roper Added Apr 11, 2017 - 9:47am
George is correct, balkanization is coming.
Bill Kamps Added Apr 11, 2017 - 10:27am
The rich will control things one way or another.  It used to be kings, now it is the wealthy and politically connected.  After George's revolution it will still be the wealthy and well connected, perhaps just a different group.
Micahel Dolan Added Apr 11, 2017 - 11:14am
The rich control things. The rich-very rich who control our lives everyday are our Politicians. They get a lifetime job-lifetime pension- they immediately ran from Obamacare and staid in their great health-plan. When the elected crook or degenerate gets caught, no problem the problem is ignored.
Dino Manalis Added Apr 11, 2017 - 2:51pm
They cannot control our minds individually, because we're thinkers and we can analyze the news to determine the truth!
Utpal Patel Added Apr 11, 2017 - 10:44pm
“Over the past two or three years independent media has been full of reports on how collaboration between corporate entities and state security agencies can control what information web users see.”
 
Do tell, who is the independent media?  Of course each media outlet controls what information we see, how else would you propose it work?  Should the government control what information we see?  Look, it’s a free country, if you don’t like what the media is showing, turn the fucking channel.  Voila…problem solved. 
Ian Thorpe Added Apr 12, 2017 - 12:49pm
<a href="../#!authors+sub=view&id=2005">Utpal Patel</a>
If you are trying to be clever you are not succeeding. Who do you think the independent media are (or do you not bother thinking before hitting they keys?) Do you believe, for example that what is posted on writers beat can evade keyword filters the CIA have requested Google to put in its servers. Try this, search 'immigrant riots in France' on google. Now enter the same search terms on duckduckgo and observe the difference in results. Both are supposedly net neutral yet one is known to cooperate with Washington, while the other is Russian owned.
You ask should the government control what we see. How foolish do you have to be to remain unaware that the government do control what we see, in France, Germany, UK, Canada and USA you will encounter censorship of web content, aimed at suppressing criticism of certain government policies. Why do you think that while mainstream media has been screaming about chemical weapons use by Assad in Syria, you have read nothing about the US led coalition's use in Mosul of thermobaric warheads which use fluorinated aluminium? You can learn how <a href="http://originalboggartblog.wordpress.com/">this" target="_blank">nasty stuff</a> affects people here
For future reference, if you live in the USA you live in a fascist country controlled by the military / industrial complex, a cartel of defence contractors that through the lobby system influence policy. US President Eisenhower warned against their influence in his 1960 farewell speech (go on, look it up, don't ask me to spoon feed you, your ignorance is not my responsibility). In 1962 John F Kennedy referred to <a href="http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/JFK-Speeches/American-Newspaper-Publishers-Association_19610427.aspx">secret" target="_blank">societies within the American government</a>. A few weeks later he was dead. And as all intelligent people are aware because Kennedy was hit by two bullets fired from different directions, it was not the work of a lone shooter.

You should practice what you preach, if you don't like what you see in my threads, and you obviously don't, do not read them.  Any further contribution from you in comment threads under my posts will be deleted because you are not capable of making an intelligent comment.
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Ian Thorpe Added Apr 12, 2017 - 1:58pm
Dino Manalis
They can't control the minds of those who have strong minds. Jesus said there are two kinds of people, sheep and goats and he was for the sheep. Napoleon Bonaparte said there are two kinds of soldiers, sheep and goats, sheep are cannon fodder, goats win wars.
I'm with Bonaparte on that, Jesus can have the sheep, I hope he enjoys his lamb curry.
Thomas Napers Added Apr 12, 2017 - 3:26pm
If the ruling elites want to establish global control they need to be able to control all information the general population have access to.
 
Good point.  Thank goodness the ruling elites can’t control all information, which means the ruling elites don’t have global control. Phew…what a relief.
 
Speaking of the ruling elites, just who exactly are you pointing fingers at?  The way I see it, the elite members of society don’t exactly see eye to eye on anything.  So even if they wished to establish global control, there is no telling what they would do with that control.  I’m sorry but I’m simply not a conspiracy theorist, thanks for the chuckle. 
Ian Thorpe Added Apr 12, 2017 - 5:22pm
Thomas Napers
You're right in saying the ruling elites (ever heard of The Bilderberg Group, The World Economic Forum? Those a just for starters) can't control all the information ........ unless we let them. Unfortunately people who understand how the internet works know it is now much easier than in the old Soviet Union when people had to resort to Samizdat documents to spread ideas and information. but those Soviet dissidents managed to pass around novels and other banned books sometimes retyped by hand or printed using an office duplicator. Do enough people have that kind of determination now I wonder, or will the majority, like the Dr. Panloss thinkalike higher up the threat (my mentioning George Owell pisses him off so I though I'd throw in a reference to Voltaire, that should drive him crazy) convinve themselves that "All's for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds."
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Apr 17, 2017 - 7:51pm
That's no news but even without censorship and manipulation people have been so dumbed down by now that they simply wouldn't understand a simple political discourse even less so when globally oriented.
 
They watch their stupid TV and read their favorite tabloids online now. That's the only difference.
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Apr 17, 2017 - 7:56pm
BTW: The 1% are 1% because 99% are brainwashed sheep. If not they would have taken the street and caused anarchy seeing what the world has turned into.
 
Vietnam protest generation and todays dumbphone selfienuts are worlds and IQ's apart.
 
Jeff Michka Added Apr 24, 2017 - 5:38pm
Utpal PAtel writes: if not corporations, who do you wish control the media/information?  The government?  A wealthy individual who is not beholden to anyone? Or perhaps you think they should all be non-profits, as that would ensure their objectivity (queue sarcasm)?- According to the Telecom Act of 1934, and those variant since, the airwaves belong to the people.  I know, a quaint notion.  The airwaves belong to the providers, eh, Utpal?  When "ownership ratios" were change in the Telcom Act of 96'. basically a single entity could own most of the media outlets in the US.  People applauding the Act of 96 told critic "...who or what wouldn't want to keep a free press and media?" following as a result there'd be little or no consolidation after passage.  Wrong, and it only took 4 years to find a group that found a free press annoying.  Thnik an article about the FCC is in order since few-nobody here on WB-UNDERSTANDS WHAT THE FCC is or really administers.
Jeff Michka Added Apr 24, 2017 - 5:41pm
Dino writes: They cannot control our minds individually, because we're thinkers and we can analyze the news to determine the truth!  - How's that working out for you, Dino?
Ian Thorpe Added Apr 25, 2017 - 10:06am
Jeff Michka, those are good comments, thanks. I can't claim an indepth knowledge of the FCC's scope and limitation but I'm aware that like Ofcom in the UK they control and regulate domestic and international electronic communications which includes radio and TV, telephones (both landline and cellular?), satellite and cable electronic media. There influence on the flow of information is far greater than most people imagine.
The way the internet (which runs on the TCP/IP protocol, a descendent of the ISO seven layer model) render it simple to suppress information by filtering keywords coupled with the very cosy relationship Google has with the US govenment should give us all cause for concern.
Jeff Michka Added Apr 26, 2017 - 6:12pm
Alphabet hired the individual who got credit for "inventing" "TCP/IP protocol", Vint Cerf, who has acted as A Googlista "Secretary of State," over the last several years and has been very actiVe in UK and EU.  Google' parent co, ALPHABET VIEWS ITSELF AS ITS OWN NATION STATE, beholding to nobody save other tech giants. They see themselves as government.
Ankur Mithal Added May 1, 2017 - 12:00am
Not sure if we expect our leaders, of all kinds, to act for the good of others. I don't think humans are wired that way. Politicians don't spend millions to contest elections to wither away in anonymity and penury. We are all complicit.
Ian Thorpe Added May 1, 2017 - 3:16pm
Jeff, I've always said Goggle's full corporate slogan is:
DON'T BE EVIL - THAT'S OUR JOB
I was aware of Google's attempts to infiltrate government, if fact I reported last year or in 2015 of how Google execs were sitting in on Obama administration security policy meetings. I don't know if that has continued under Trump.
Ian Thorpe Added May 1, 2017 - 3:19pm
Ankur,
Politicians have always been driven by ego, but I think the influence of corporate lobbying and corporate money has now made the corruption so blatant we have no excuse for not acting.

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