The Media’s Appeal To Emotion

Most media manipulation tactics have one common denominator: the justification of not doing real investigative work through an appeal to emotion.

That emotion can be:

1. 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣: justifying unproductive measures in the name of good intentions, victimization to elicit protective instinct. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: Good Intentions/Ideals, Single Perspective, Appeal To Emotion, Victimization

2. 𝑭𝒆𝒂𝒓: eliciting the fight/flight/freeze response in the body, eliciting response of waiting for salvation/solutions from above/powerlessness or at the other end, self-righteousness/entitlement. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: The Hegelian Dialectic or Problem-Reaction-Solution

3. 𝑭𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑵𝒐𝒕 𝑮𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝑬𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉: not trusting own impressions and relying upon external forces. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: Authority Figures, Gaslighting, Validity/Invalidity Through Association.

4. 𝑻𝒐𝒍𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆: slowly rolling out measures as the public is warmed up to new ideas. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: Mere Exposure, Good Intentions/Ideals, Victimization

5. 𝑨 𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒖𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚: assuming stupidity, ill intent, ignorance on the part of the opposition. 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒆𝒔: Discrediting Dissent, Assuming Reasons, Labels/Frames, False Opposites/False Dichotomy.

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