Much on how these matters come into hand in


Much like the film Inception, the deceptive
culture industry and the mass media, we take a turn on how these matters come
into hand in a contemporary society– seeding an idea in modern society through
the modes of digital media and public broadcasts. In an online article of “Mass Mind Control Through Network
Television- Are your thoughts your own?” it mentions the imperative nature
the government impose on humanity through a spectacle of mind manipulations and
digital media. When people think about mind control they usually relate it to
the classic conspiracy theories referring to Project MkUltra. This project is a
CIA mind control program that operated in the early 1950s to experiment and
interrogate human subjects on drug usage and other acts of violation. The
program forced confessions of the individual through mind control to weaken and
extract information, the agency poured millions of dollars into the examining
stages to ensure methods of controlling the mind and of enhancing their ability
to extract information from subjects who were resistant in the interrogation
stages. For example, in Inception Cobb’s mission is to steal corporate secrets
of his target through the means of Inception – delving into the subconscious
and extracting valuable information, which he successfully executes through
manipulative mind control, Cobb’s process of ‘seeding’ ideas works
substantially in our materialistic world of producers and consumers. Other
modes of mind control are raised through the network of television, “the retile
brain is unable to distinguish between reality and simulated reality of
television. To the brain, if it looks real, it is real” (Ansari, A. (2018). We
are conscious to the fact the commercial is trying to manipulate us, but on an
unconscious, level the commercial nonetheless is successful in the sense that
we feel helpless unless we buy the product being advertised, and the
implications of reaching on a more unconscious are none other than powerful,
because it operates on the deepest level of human response. On the contrary,
the culture industry is associated with “absolute power of capitalism” Adorno,
T. & Horkheimer, M. (1944). Criticise how society is mass deceived with the
consumption of cultural goods, “The culture
industry perpetually cheats its consumers of what it perpetually promises. The
promissory note which, with its plots and staging, it draws on pleasure is
endlessly prolonged; the promise, which is all the spectacle consists of, is
illusory: all it actually confirms is that the real point will never be
reached” Adorno, T. & Horkheimer, M. (1944).