Our opinions are shaped, in some part, by our media and social media experiences. My writing deals with a quirk in the brains of human males that I believe is creating a slow moving disaster as we move toward a state of perpetual moral panic. Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony may be something we look back on for reference.
The quirk my writings deal with is the inability of human males to demonstrate automatic in-group bias for one another. Unfortunately, it has created problems that men can’t fix and the government can’t fix. Neither men nor government have the tools, because, men, are an automatic outgroup and the biases that creates, in both men, and women, are, well, quirky.
This series deals with how this lack of bias plays out, at scale, in traditional media and social media environments.
Outgroup bias is hardwired in the species and has entered a into feedback loop, because of social media.
#Metoo and #Kavanaugh, are merely foreshocks for a main event that will make the Satanic Ritual Child Abuse Moral Panic and the Day Care Sex Abuse Scandals look like family picnics.
For the purposes of this article, we will use the following description of the U.S. media. It’s based on Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman and MIT Professor, Noam Chomsky.
You may think there’s a political motive in my sharing that specific video. It’s produced by Al Jazeera, an official Qatar government media outlet, and voiced by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, a journalist arrested in St. Paul, MN in 2008, while covering police violence outside the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN, that’s a lot of politics “ all wrapped up in dere” as we say in Minnesota.
In fact, I picked it because it’s bizarre, it’s cute, it’s a little bit gross, and it’s kinda’ mean to the politicians and corporations that run the media in order to exploit the biases of an elite group of “cultural managers”, who control consumer spending,  because their consent is crucial to their agenda.
This segment from a 1991 documentary details Dr. Chomsky’s opinions on the special role of the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, and the corporations who own them.
For-profit media companies will publish anything to capture and maintain the attention of this group to increase market share for their advertisers and votes to the political establishment.
The Red Church and the Blue Church, are two congregations, watching two different movies, on the same screen.
For-profit media companies will target the biases of the culture managers of either side of the “political aisle”.
For-profit media companies will avoid publishing anything that these extremely valuable culture managers don’t want to look at, or want to avoid, and will instead create content designed specifically for their emotional and moral palettes.
Effective propaganda targets our biases and our gut feelings. It pulls our heart strings, enrages us, and/or for about 65% of us, tickles our sense of humor. Roughly 35% of any given population, have no sense of humor at all.
The most effective propaganda subtly target biases we don’t even know exist; those that are automatic.
In the next article Thurman Blevins, Justine Damond and the automatic outgroup derogation of men, we’ll explore the two movies these churches are watching on the same screen.