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Brainwashing That You Encounter All The Time


From Lifehacker:

Brainwashing, whether mild or extreme, is possible in a large part due to isolation. If you only hear the brainwashed message on a regular basis, and rarely (or never) expose yourself to alternatives, you’re going to be far more likely to accept what you hear without thinking. If you want to avoid the brainwashing techniques discussed in this post, your best bet is to surround yourself with a spectrum of information rather than simply settling for the message that makes you feel comfortable. After all, that’s often what the message is aiming to do.  More: http://lifehacker.com/5886571/brainwashing-techniques-you-encounter-every-day-and-how-to-avoid-them

When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions


This is a little bit dense, but you can handle it.  Can’t you?

An extensive literature addresses citizen ignorance, but very little research focuses on misperceptions. Can these false or unsubstantiated beliefs about politics be corrected? Previous studies have not tested the efficacy of corrections in a realistic format. We conducted four experiments in which subjects read mock news articles that included either a misleading claim from a politician, or a misleading claim and a correction. Results indicate that corrections frequently fail to reduce misperceptions among the targeted ideological group. We also document several instances of a “backfire” effect in which corrections actually increase misperceptions among the group in question.

http://www.duke.edu/~bjn3/nyhan-reifler.pdf

6 Brainwashing Techniques They’re Using On You Right Now


Cracked.com, of all places, has published an article about the brainwashing techniques in use right now during the campaigns that you can’t afford to miss.  Warning: contains some fairly sophomoric references to female body parts and other things that might annoy or offend adults.  The content, however, is spot on.

6 Brainwashing Techniques They’re Using On You Right Now | Cracked.com