Predictive Programming, Watching movies with a critical eye
Predictive programming is a subtle form of psychological conditioning provided by the media to acquaint the public with planned societal changes to be implemented by TPTB. If and when these changes are put through, the public will already be familiarized with them and will accept them as 'natural progressions', as Alan Watt calls it; thus lessening any possible public resistance and commotion. Predictive programming therefore may be considered as a veiled form of preemptive mass manipulation or mind control, courtesy of our puppet masters.
No children are able to be born through all pervasive human infertility.
Fugitives are all over the place, as are civilian arrestees.
Full fledged police state, with the 'posse commitatus' rule nullified (military is used as police force).
Flash mob activity and terrorism abounds. It is mentioned that terroristic attacks are perpetrated by the government, this will promote fear for the government.
Society has seriously degenerated: living standards have gone down the drain (poverty is common place), schools are empty and deserted (at least in the rural area), overpopulation and immigration abounds, presence of military overseen refugee camps, chaotic and discordant populations.
Militant Islam is openly professed in Britain. This theatrical given helps to incite fear for Islam by the public.
Subtle and less obvious PP elements:
Elderly people are mostly senile and robbed of dignity, autonomy and quite unlike being custodians of wisdom accumulated over the years of their long life (which should be more or less the norm).
Subtle hints of medicine use being common place (imagery of pill strips are flashed by).
Hiding behind the unarmed civil population has zero effectiveness for 'terrorists' since both parties are shot to pieces by 'counter-terrorism' armed forces. This helps to stimulate the widening of the trust gap between resistive civil groups and passive compliant groups.
The Spartans are fighting an aggressive and overwhelming Persian invader headed by the self-appointed "God-King" Xerxes.
It is instantly clear that the sympathy in the movie lies with the Spartans who are glorified while the Persians are demonised.
The perspective of the movie lies overwhelmingly with the Spartans who, in the movie, declare to be great proponents of social virtues such as freedom, justice, liberty, law and order, reason, and emphatically: hope.
The Persians on the other hand are depicted as mostly faceless, hideous, deformed and barbaric beings headed by a callous and megalomaniacal tyrant.
The identification of the Persians with present day Iran requires not a terribly big stretch of imagination, if only for reasons of geographical coincidence. That the Spartans represent present day USA is not terribly hard to see judging from the laundry list of virtues attributed to the Spartans and which, courtesy of the hypnotic influence of the mass media, are today propagandized to belong to the US as well. The identification of Sparta with the US is further confirmed by the Spartans' battle-cry: HUA, which is US military jargon for heard, understood and acknowledged.
In short, the 'noble' Spartans are, with 'honor and valour', fighting for freedom, justice and all the rest of it, from a 'hideous' and 'subhuman' foreign invader and oppressor.
Now that we've established the parallels between Sparta with the US and Persia with Iran, let's look at the predictive programming elements.
Leonidas, representing Sparta, is fighting a glorious battle for freedom, justice and all the rest of it. By the identification of Sparta with the US, the US is hinted at having the moral upper hand in fighting the 'enemy'.
Persia is demonized, with the bulk of their soldiers being ugly, hideous hardly human looking creatures, or with faces shrouded. This technique serves to minimize the Persians' (thus, Iranians') human character: the Persians/Iranians are monstrous hostile beings who but deserve to be slain like beasts.
The Spartans are brave and noble soldiers, "hard and strong", who never surrender and never retreat. This technique seems to serve to embolden the morale of US troops fighting off 'the enemy'. The creation of "noble" martyrs through brainwashing never changes. :biggrin:
Although the 300 ultimately are defeated and destroyed, they are posthumously glorified as martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting nobly and honorably for their country. A recruitment drive for fresh US troops perhaps?
After King Leonidas's demise his Queen vows to avenge her husband. And so she does. Perhaps a parallel may occur with newly elected president Hillary Clinton after a US contingent has been destroyed in the middle east by supposedly Iranian forces?
Re: Predictive Programming, Watching movies with a critical eye
Gory context of the movie:
Society has plunged into a horrendous crisis where some humans were transformed into hostile raving mad creatures after having been infected by some horrible virus (read: biological weapon). They ravage across the land trying to infect, by means of biting or vomiting, all the uninfected humans who come in their way.
Because of the severity of the national emergency situation, the country (UK) has transformed itself into a full blown police state, where the military has totally usurped the task of the police and the rights of the people seem to have been obliterated.
Thematic PP elements:
Surveillance cameras everywhere (at least in downtown areas), with military snipers doing the extra bit of surveillance through their rifle scopes. This programs the public to accept and get used to all the cameras snooping all over the place and the presence of military walking about everywhere and interfering with everyone. The sniper surveillance part seems to serve to instill some extra fear into the public.
There's a mention of a presence of refugee camps and so-called "containment areas" (quarantine areas). This programs to get used to being herded like cattle and to accept living in camps or confined emergency spaces overseen by the military.
Streets are deserted, shops abandoned, lots of garbage, lack of hygiene and thus the city is in a general dystopian mess. Chaotic images like these, seem to instill fear into the public in case a viral epidemic should break out. More programming of futuristic dormant terror on the plates of the public.
Suggested PP elements:
Because of their utter indiscriminate, remorseless and extreme hostility, people sick by viral infection should not only be shunned literally like the plague but also destroyed where-ever and whenever possible. This programs the public, on the basis of fear, to prepare to part from family and loved ones once they get infected and sick. In addition, the communicated severity of the situation helps to generate acute antipathy of the uninfected towards the infected and sick.
Those people infected but who haven't actually became sick should be shunned as well, since they may make one sick through biting or spewing blood-vomit or even simply by kissing. This programs the viewer to prepare to part from friends and loved ones who are infected but who haven't manifested the accompanying disease (yet).
Because the military has difficulty in distinguishing between 'friendlies' (uninfected) and 'targets' (infected), just to be on the safe side the military command decides to open fire on both parties. The public will thus be programmed to keep a distance from the infected even more so lest being confused for a 'target' by trigger happy military marksmen.
I'm less sure about the next one, but here we go - for completeness' sake. The life in the inner city gets totally obliterated by incendiary bombs. This may instill fear into the part of the public living in crowded cities (at least, downtown) during times of crises and emergencies.
Needless to say, the conclusion is that this is a particularly antipathetic movie towards those of us who may get infected by viral agents in the future. Let's hope it will never come this far.
A tale of Earth in despair in 2022. Natural food like fruits, vegetables, and meat among others are now extinct. Earth is overpopulated and New York City has 40 million starving, poverty stricken people. The only way they survive is with water rations and eating a mysterious food called Soylent. A detective investigates the murder of the president of the Soylent company. The truth he uncovers is more disturbing than the Earth in turmoil when he learns the secret ingredient of Soylent Green. Written by Mystic80
The setting of the movie elaborates on a very simple but alarming scenario. Which is, if we're heading for (global) overpopulation this is what will happen to you. So the public are imbued with fear for overpopulation. The distinction between what is overpopulation and what is not overpopulation remains an arbitrary one though. Unfortunately however, as they always do, unquestionably the government will claim the role of decisive arbiter and trust on moral support of the docile and gullible public.
This programs the public, again on the basis of fear, to accept and support governmental future measures aimed at combating and reducing over-population. The 'exemplary' precedent of the country of China comes to mind, in which fear for overpopulation has successfully solidified into the public support of birth restrictive policies.
The Elite are living the good life in totally cordoned off sections from 'the masses'. The discrepancy between the rich and the poor is thus accentuated and leaves the viewer a little more trained to accept the difference one day.
Suggested PP elements:
The movie suggests a general sense of an elevated atmospheric temperature. The correlation of overpopulation with temperature seems evident. This may program the public to accept guilt and responsibility for it being the cause of global warming. As such, the groundwork for public acceptance of a carbon tax has been laid.
Assault of a police officer, even the lesser offensive ones, will get you life in prison, the movie explains. This will train the public to blindly accept the authority of the police, making them literally untouchable.
The rich rental apartments by default seem to come with an inventory prostitute ("furniture"). This familiarizes the public with the degrading and dehumanizing capacity a female might serve in the future.
There's a blatant form of 'assisted suicide' instituted for the elderly people. This helps train the public to accept some governmental imposed form of euthanasia, since it is implied that the earth cannot sustain itself with too many humans around.
Re: Predictive Programming, Watching movies with a critical eye
My husband has giggled with me for 25 years about the fact that I have never been a fan of "futuristic" movies.
Particularly those of doom and gloom, disease and famine.
WE know that they condition the masses for what is to come in this manner. Through cinema and program US through television.
Acceptance without resistance.
Does your "husband" giggle alot? Does he giggle at all your meaningless postings such as this?
As for the orginial point of this post, before the attempted hijack by DA and her friend Scientific Dick. I am not sure if those authors/directors have a good idea of what it would realy be like in such a post apacoliptic world. People would abandon the cities and move to the country where they have to band up into small farming/gathering settlements where they can protect themselves against their neighbours. Perhaps Kevin Costners "The Postman" movie may have gotten it rights. Just my personal opinion.