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.

The Trap of Comparison

Comparing ourselves to others and competitiveness are the side effects of thinking that our value comes from external things like knowledge, power, status, etc..

This produces two fears: the fear of not being good enough and the fear of being “surpassed”.

This produces anxiety and unhealthy ambition.

And so the endless chase begins until the whole premise is exposed as illusory.

We happen upon the vicious circle when we adopt wrong conclusions, perhaps because we were valued for our abilities as children. Then the cause goes away, but the conclusion stays with us. And so the effect becomes the cause that keeps the circle spinning.

That is why change doesn’t happen by willpower alone. It is understanding that is truly transformational.

“To understand is to transform what is.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti