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Article posted Dec 01 2010, 9:04 PM Category: Commentary Source: Techdirt Print

Mainstream Press Seems To Think Fighting For Civil Liberties Is Childish

by Mike Masnick

We've already pointed out how many mainstream newspapers and magazines have been mocking the concerns of people who are upset by the TSA's new search procedures. And, of course, the latest is that the press has decided this story is over because not enough people (in their estimation) opted out of the naked scans last week. NYU professor Jay Rosen notes a related, but disturbing, trend in the mainstream press coverage, with multiple publications suggesting that it was somehow childish to suggest these machines invade privacy with little actual security benefit. The common theme in all of these reports? "Grow up."

I find this incredibly disturbing. No, perhaps, being scanned or felt up in this manner isn't a huge deal to some people, but is it really so crazy that some people are actually concerned about their civil rights? That some people are actually concerned about the efficacy of these scanners? That some people are actually concerned about where this leads to next? That doesn't strike me as being childish or immature. It strikes me as exactly the opposite: it's about adults recognizing that rights are being eroded and that it's happening with little evidence that the reasons given make much sense. Simply giving in and submitting to authority because of some bogeyman claims certainly seems a lot more childish than asking "why"?

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Posted: Dec 02 2010, 7:04 AM

189182 PsyOps 101. "Grow up" expects you to fall in line with peer pressure and consensus view, so you are not isolated by your community, which then leads to your death. And since the masses have been taught to isolate that which is not like the group, your chances of dying are higher than normal -- thanks to the pea-sized brain of the average citizen.

“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ~Bertrand Russell

As long as people are brainwashed to follow consensus "group think," they will be easily manipulated. This will take generations to un-do. I have no hope for a turnaround in what is happening, in my lifetime.

It's all dog eat dog from here.

Posted: Dec 02 2010, 12:14 PM

216228 Bertrand Russell was right. Collective fear does indeed stimulate "herd instinct" among those brainwashed by the media.

I have always looked at it like this: Follow the herd, end up in the slaughterhouse.

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