[Colour Coded, 645 words, Genre: Experimental]
* Image courtesy of Dirk de Bruyn
Which is better, blatant or subtle manipulation? The thing is with blatant manipulation, is that when you mature enough, you can usually recognise how you’ve been manipulated and become the person that you became, your personal choices and tastes are evidently revealed to you when manipulation is blatant. At that point, when you recognise this, you have a choice to re-evaluate your values, see if they measure up and change them if necessary. With subtle manipulation, that choice is taken away from you because very rarely do you recognise that you are being manipulated, if it is subtle enough. In Hungary, political parties enter the schools and push political ideologies onto their students. They have them recite new bills and acts in an effort to promote the latest political parties decisions of government. It is a form of blatant manipulation.
When they were sitting around discussing how to get the children hooked on politics, here in Australia. They made it into a popularity contest. Because Australian politics are very much that, a popularity contest. They went into our schools and assorted us into different teams.
I envision the conversation between the shadowy figures, in the creation of their plan, going something like this:
“We have to make it so they don’t think too much about what they’re voting for, but they still vote.”
“But, how do we do that?”
“Well, we have to make it so it isn’t so much about the politics, but about something else.”
“Something that’s completely non-political and doesn’t have political implications. We target them at an early age with this activity and later in life they will grow into transferring this childhood activity into their adulthood.”
“That’s brilliant. We precondition them a certain way, so that they have no interest in politics or political decisions. Yet, they always end up voting a certain way based on these political behaviours.”
“But what activity?”
“Sports. Everybody loves sports. It’s a completely non-political activity, yet a competition. Politics are a competition and so is sport.”
“I love it. All of these kids playing sport will take no political interest in government, they will grow up into adults who follow sport with no political interest. They will then lean back on their childhood mind to make their political decisions.”
“How do we do it? How do we create the connection?”
“Colours. We create connections with colours. There are four main political parties. Liberal, labour, the environmentalists and the independents. Blue for liberal, red for labour, green for the environmentalists and yellow for the independents. We release it in all the ad campaigns.”
“Ha ha! Brilliant! But how do we make sure which political party wins?”
“We put all the popular and athletic children into the one team. Because the children love sports so much, they’ll naturally want to be with the winning side, so they’ll vote that way. School spirit or school sport spirit will naturally bleed into political subterfuge.”
“How do we maintain that?”
“Winners are winners for life. It’s hard to stop a team from a winning streak. But just so they don’t catch on, we better have two teams. Make sure our team wins most of the time, but every so often, the other team wins. Then there are those other two loser teams. It will be different for each political region so that people don’t catch on, but we know… The game is rigged.”
“The game is rigged so that we will continue to maintain political control.”
“The fools will carry their school spirit with them for their entire lives. Brilliant!”
Why are we shown Australian politicians doing fun runs and sporting activities? What has that got to do with politics? The subtle manipulations of the masses begun in childhood and carries on. The best form of manipulation is subtle, as we are not even aware that we are being manipulated.