Life in a totalitarian political system, was much alike in 1984 as it is in 2010, the ruling party (with many names) achieved psychological mastery over its subjects by willfully altering the past. “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past”
The infamous Central-bank governor was as always first on the mark, when he got is Editor to translate the SIC report, and subsequently made himself the Editor in chief to ensure proper workmanship.
Having been advised to go through a thorough public relations image radiosterilization, the other players in the meltdown are now preoccupied with publishing their accounts of events. Ministers, who should have been impeached, escaped because of our stealth quality nepotism and where exonerated by their pairs.
Memorable was a blistering speech by the head jailer of the country, who feared for the “rule of law”, if her party mates should have to risk her hospitality.
It is thus understandable that all hell broke loose when a worker at one of the memory holes (squarely faithful to the party) got fired from the news manufacturing room.
No wonder that they all want to own influential media, as we are all to believe that their inherent qualities of: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride have over night turned into: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility.
The Propaganda model explains factors such as Agenda Setting which predetermines, selects, shapes, controls and restricts by the selection of topics, distribution of concerns, emphasis, framing of issues, filtering of information, and bounding of the debate.
The systemic filters, concentrate on private ownership, strict bottom-line profit orientation, over-reliance on governmental and corporate sources for news, primary tendency to avoid offending the powerful and a religious worship of the market economy, strongly opposing alternative beliefs.
Against the ruling masters of our cognitive systems, manipulating the actual experience of remembering we have: transience, absent-mindedness, blocking, mis-attribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. – May God help us all