"Susicion of Authority" is Also Propaganda

While individuals get our empathy and sympathy, institutions seldom do. The "we're in this together" spirit of films from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s later gave way to a reflex shared by left and right, that villainy is associated with organization. Even when they aren't portrayed as evil, bureaucrats are stupid and public officials short-sighted. Only the clever bravado of a solitary hero (or at most a small team) will make a difference in resolving the grand crisis at hand.

This rule of contemporary storytelling is so nearly universal that it has escaped much comment — because you never notice propaganda that you already agree with. In other words, the reflex is self-reinforcing. A left-leaning director may portray villainous oligarchs or corporations while another film-maker rails against government cabals. But while screaming at each other over which direction Big Brother may be coming from, they never seem to notice their common heritage and instinct — Suspicion of Authority (SOA) — much in the way fish seldom comment on the existence of water.

Indeed, one of the great ironies is that we all suckled SOA from every film and comic book and novel that we loved... and yet, we tend to assume that we invented it. That only we and a few others share this deep-seated worry about authority. That our neighbors got their opinions from reflexive, sheeplike obedience to propaganda. But we attained ours through logical appraisal of the evidence.

No, you did not invent Suspicion of Authority. You were raised by it.


A conspiracy meme that comes from both the left and right.

Folksonomies: memetics authority meme power conspiracy

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Left-wing politics (0.936076): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
New Left (0.878884): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Political spectrum (0.878116): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Great Depression (0.844981): dbpedia | freebase | yago
French Revolution (0.802819): dbpedia | freebase
Right-wing politics (0.794284): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Film (0.786667): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
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 Our Favorite Cliché: A World Filled With Idiots
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Brin, David (2013), Our Favorite Cliché: A World Filled With Idiots, Retrieved on 2014-04-21
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  • Folksonomies: memetics


    21 APR 2014

     Suspicion of Authority

    "Susicion of Authority" is Also Propaganda > Cause and Effect > Consumers of Alternative News are More Likely to Fall for Troll Memes
    Folksonomies: conspiracy
    Folksonomies: conspiracy