Manipulation in democratic societies.

Perix

Ad Honoris
Dec 2009
10,009
Romania
This topic is not about dictatorship.
How much we are manipulated by our rullers?
How much we are manipulated by different persons, in other purposes than politics?
How much we manipulate other persons, and why?
There is a bad manipulation, an excusable manipulation and a good manipulation?
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Dec 2009
11,340
Ozarkistan
The resources and policies of the USA are controlled by a congeries of special interests that operate through control of the two political parties. The most powerfull of the special interests have some degree of control over both parties. We are manipulated by controlled media such that most people believe that this two-party plutocracy is democracy.
 

avon

Forum Staff
May 2008
14,253
Perix,

I think a more explicit definition of 'manipulation' might be helpful here.

Thanks.
 

Rasta

Ad Honoris
Aug 2009
21,071
Minnesnowta
How much we are manipulated by our rullers?
I'd say we are probably manipulated quite a bit. Though I don't think all manipulation is bad. A lot needs to happen. People in charge need to decide what information to tell everybody, and which information would be bad to tell everybody. When you are dealing with a lot of people, sometimes a white lie would be better than potential mass hysteria. There are many factors to consider and be sensitive to.