Don’t Hug Me, I’m Brainwashed.

The best method for me to convey that we are perhaps being brainwashed by the media is by introducing this video; please watch it in its entirety because you will not be disappointed.

What was that video trying to convey to the world? Well, essentially, it was trying to convey a plethora of things that the media is attempting to brainwash our children into believing. Whether you recognize it or not, the media is a powerful force in today’s world, moreover because of the extended manners it can contact us with our own technology. What the video was trying to argue was that the children born today hardly think for themselves, and thus lose their creativity; the media does all the thinking for them, and, as gullible as the children are, they believe everything it informs and commands them to do. If you  watched the video and are still having trouble deciphering exactly what the authors meant to educate people about, there are an invariable amount of websites out there to help, but I found this one the most knowledgable.

So, where is the science behind all this crazy talk? Well, scientists have recently discovered the exact part of the brain that makes people more gullible, and thus, believe more of what the media has to offer. According to some research I found, the younger generation and older generation tend to believe information more easily than the average adults. The ventromedial area of the prefrontal cortex of the brain allows people to stop and assess the validity of something; in other words, it helps us in finding out if something is truth or fiction. However, this area of the brain is still developing in the brains of younglings. Actually, the brain does not stop growing until early 20’s, so anyone below that age is susceptible to higher rates of gullibility. At the other end of the spectrum, older people are gullible because this portion of the brain has begun to deteriorate, thus reducing its accuracy; the more damage to the prefrontal cortex, the more likely someone is to believing something. This represents a direct correlation.

Erik Asp, who headed this research on the brain, performed an experiment to test his f1e022f1-6be8-4e98-935d-b8a9ee5ab97cdeductions. He selected 39 participants  from the University of Iowa’s Neurological Patient Registry and 10 normal people who would function as the controlled variable (they had no damage in the brain); he showed consumer ads to the 18 people with damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and 21 people with damage outside that area, along with the normal individuals. His hypothesis that there must be a correlation with damage to the brain and gullibility seemed to be correct; those who had the damage were significantly more vulnerable and deceivable than those who did not, actually being twice as likely to trust misleading advertisements and purchase the items in those ads.

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Oligodendrocytes, the cells who have the responsibility of forming myelin, insulate nerve fibers, and any damage caused to these fibers have dangerous repercussions, such as, in this example, higher amounts of gullibility.

On another website, the author George Avery outlines a number of specifics on how, exactly, the government tries to trick us into believing what they want through media outlets. Here is what he found:

  • There are patterns of data suppression and the coercion of journalists and editors for major media news outlets; he knows this because he read a string of emails proving such.
  • Major companies in the medical field influence the research performed on their drugs and devices to show only positive lights with their products, and even government agencies are turning corrupt, as well.
  • A new legislation has passed through the Senate that enables this behavior; the legislation allows for punishment of groups with researchers that publish any results that are not coherent with the agency’s goals.
  • Money can be withheld from an organization who publishes research against a certain company.

Implications and Conclusions:

We are in the prime age to be deceived, fellow classmates! Don’t believe the things major media outlets report to you, and learn to question everything, regardless on whether you think it to be fact or fiction. After all, Andrew has taught us that even the most accomplished scientists have challenged aspects of science everyone once thought to be true!

If you draw any conclusions from the research I have presented to you, it should be that the brain plays a critical role in the gullibility of a person; the prefrontal cortex of the brain is what effects our abilities to be deceived or not. The older you are, the more likely that there is damage, and thus, the more prone you will be to buying into the stupid things people try to convince you of, including advertisements and horoscopes. Furthermore, on the opposite side of the spectrum, young children do not have fully developed brains, and so it is obvious that they, too, will be much more gullible than the average adult.

3 thoughts on “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Brainwashed.

  1. Anna Strahle

    I agree that the media has started to control our ideas of what is right and what is wrong. There doesn’t seem to be a gray area to find some individuality. For example, one of the most troubling topics is body image. The media throws in our faces expectations of how people are supposed to dress, style their hair, and especially how much they are supposed to weigh. Recently, people have started to come forward that the media is promoting an unhealthy lifestyle, but mostly children are still being exposed to an unrealistic body standard at such a young age. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, eating disorders have increased by 50% in teenage girls in the last 50 years. Over the last 50 years, the size of the media has increased dramatically, showing a positive correlation between that and eating disorders. In my personal experience, I can see that social media is taking a toll on many girls’ self esteems because I hear many girls who are clearly not fat saying how they need to lose weight. I see them comparing themselves to many people on many types of social media, such as Instagram and Twitter, and thinking that they don’t look pretty enough because they don’t have a body like that girl. I think technology has been a huge advancement in our society, but there are definitely some consequences that came along with it.

  2. Kayla Neiland

    I have always been fascinated with this topic. In 2001 the movie Josie and the Pussy cats came out (stupid movie I do not recommend it) and it was about a record company that placed subliminal messages under their music and brainwashed all the teens of America. They would establish new trends every week and decide what the latest fad everybody should buy was, they controlled the economic market. Now when I first saw this movie I was a kid and did not think twice about the message here, but in a way the is currently happening. Instead of listening to music you see a famous person you love on Instagram using a product ten you just have to buy it. It is quite honestly disgusting how blind we all are to what is really happening in this world and some things we might never know. The first comment from Reetu Shah included a spongebob episode that also is about subliminal messages which made me think do they really work? this article suggests they do and are used in advertising constantly.

  3. Reetu Shah

    I am very fascinated with your topic here. I was just talking about this with my one friend. It is scary how we watch so much television growing up not thinking twice about what we are watching. I was really panicked because just 1 week ago the same friend and I were watching an episode of the new Sponge Bob series (when the show apparently got worse). I had never seen an episode, so I really wanted to know why no one liked it. Throughout the show there were a lot of stupid jokes which made it easy to see why the show was going downhill. The part that scared me was when Sponge Bob got trapped in some guy’s house. They had pictures of the Illuminati in the background. Also, when Sandy pushed the guy’s arms back, it made the sound of pulling the trigger back on the gun. You can check a link to that exact episode here:

    They are putting messages into the show to affect the way these kids perceive shows. It really scares me to know that the people who create this type of media have so much control on the way kids grow up and the way they think.

    Overall I think this was a very well explained and descriptive blog post. I myself am very gullible so it’s fascinating to hear that there is actually a part in the brain that has to do with wisely believing things you hear and see. It is definitely a topic that needs to be talked about more because it affects so many people on a daily basis. Also with the generation we live in now, we are always consuming media by the second.

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