These are ominous times. . . . In a society controlled by financial monsters, the political order is no longer sustained by faith in critical thought and care for the other. As any vestige of critical education, analysis, and dissent are disparaged, the assault on reason gives way to a crisis in both agency and politics.
==America’s Addiction to Terrorism (Giroux, Henry A.)
Today’s elite objectives for social communication emphasize the cradle-to-grave seductions of consumerism and, at least for the moment, public rituals that reproduce a self-blinding and self-binding ideology that is transferable from one generation to the next.
They (the super elites) have political power comparable to that of the robber barons of yore. Actually, thanks to public relations and propaganda, they have a lot more power and face a lot less criticism. They are robber barons with human faces. Pirates who become emperors who become gods.
==Science of Coercion: Communication Research & Psychological Warfare, 1945–1960 (Simpson, Christopher)
How much do you know about ‘reality?’