You’ve been played.
Human response to fear is something that has been under the microscope for decades. Since at least the 1930s, social scientists have been studying the effects of fear appeals, or fear messages, on human behavior. What is a fear appeal, and to what extent did an understanding of fear-based behavior shape the Covid-19 narrative?
A fear appeal is a carefully contrived message meant to influence attitude and or, behavioral change. An effective message will contain two elements—the threat itself, and the recommended course of action. The appeal should focus on the intended target’s perceptions on how the threat directly affects them. If the message is shaped correctly, it should make them believe there would be dire consequences for not complying with the recommended steps to alleviate the danger. According to the book, Dynamics of Persuasion: Communication and Attitudes in the 21st Century, developing a fear based message is an art “which requires an intricate understanding of human behavior.”
One of the most influential studies concerning people’s reactions to media messaging occurred after the War of the World’s radio broadcast in 1938. They conducted this study to examine the panic that ensued as millions of people reacted to the play as if they believed Earth was really being invaded by Martians.
There were two key findings which directly relate to fear messaging and reactions to Covid-19. One, the people’s trust in media figures, or people in the play depicting media figures, was an essential element in the panicked reactions. Two was the mental frame of reference. Just as popular media normalized a belief in alien life, the threat of a killer virus wiping out mankind falls within the existing framework of people’s mental judgment.
Not only is this idea popularized through by Hollywood movies like 28 Days Later, and television series like The Walking Dead, but also through continuous fear campaigns concerning other viruses like MRSA and Swine Flu. If a message, or stimuli, does not contradict what people already believe to be a possibility, it is more likely to be accepted as valid. This is useful information for someone who may be crafting a fear appeal to influence your behavior.
Skeptical Americans who have questioned the plandemic from the beginning have suspected that the intent was to frighten us into accepting the vaccine. Many people understand Marxism and the concept of The Hegelian Dialectic. This is the idea, based on dialectical materialism, that all social progress is because of conflict.
The Hegelian Dialectic suggests that problems are deliberately created, coaxing the public into demanding a pre-planned solution which is waiting to be implemented. While this seems to be a conspiratorial idea, a deep dive into the study of Marxism shows the concepts exist, at least theoretically. There is evidence that shows this theory, in relation to our response to fear, could have been used in exploiting our reactions to Covid-19.
There is a question as to how long the state of mindlessness lasts. The research has shown that if given the opportunity, or if placed in a situation where a mindful decision had to be made immediately following the removal of a fear stimulus, automatic compliance may not be the result.
The continuously changing information surrounding Covid-19, and the confusion associated with it, could be a deliberate strategy to avoid this, keeping people anxious and willing to get the vaccine. That is a theoretical speculation, but given the fact that the narrative has shifted to demanding we all get vaccinated because unvaccinated people are making those who got the shot sicker, it is speculation that should be taken seriously.
Also: “Theoretical speculation,” my baggy white ass. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I’m not afraid to go waaaay out on a limb here and say that it goes beyond mere “speculation” to assert that it might just be a duck. Likewise, when first-person observation indicates, as it surely does, that government has been manipulating data; suppressing fact while promulgating falsehood; clawing away at the already-threadbare remnants of freedom under demonstrably false pretenses; issuing unlawful edicts they lack any legal authority for; and just generally skulking about the place like a sneakthief in the dead of night, there are certain assumptions one is perfectly entitled to make concerning what might really be going on.
Those who didn’t already know it must at last come to grips with the raw truth about the nature, the character, and the intentions of their would-be masters, in Mordor on the Potomac and closer to home as well. After all this, anyone who believes a single word out of any government official’s mouth, or still clings to one iota of faith in the integrity or good intentions of such, is a damned fool. As far as “the people’s trust in media figures” goes, there simply are no words harsh enough to describe the damned fool who still carries a trace of that. Assuming one even exists, that is.