Notice how nobody said anything about "brainwashing" except for Cherry. I never
used that word to describe anybody, "brainwashed." That word is never used in the article I referenced either. It's an article about conformity, socialization, and how humans are influenced according to their environments.
You know what? I learned of this man Asch and his experiment while I was watching a documentary about Charles Manson
, of all people. The whole doc was about attempting to explain the Manson Family crimes from the point of view of understanding the Family as a cult and Manson as a narcissistic cult leader
, from the point of view of psychology and sociology. It was not some slash-em-up exploitation doc. This man Zablocki was interviewed, and offered an explanation of how Manson was able to persuade these young people to help him bring Helter Skelter down and rule the world once they came back from out of The Bottomless Pit and all that. He referenced the Asch experiment as an illustration of the power of humans' need to conform in groups. So then the light bulb goes off and I start reading on Asch, Zablocki, etc.
So it does not matter, the evidence of Cherry's senses, because even if nobody said "brainwashed" or "brainwashing" that's what she wants to read and so that's what she reads. Sue wants to remember that somebody said that McKay and Berg are equally bad because their first names are both Dave, so that's what she remembers. The internal fantasy is preferable to the objective and verifiable reality. Normal modes of logic and cognition go out the window. So Cherry kind of proved Asch's point again. Her need to validate and justify her reality overrode the evidence of her mind and senses, and so she took an article on conformity and socialization and translated it as an article on the scary-sounding "brainwashing."
What difference does it make who is posting under who's name any more? You might as well be talking to David, in any case. Most of them sounded just like David even when he was
around, anyway. Though in the JC mind, that is a compliment!
So he is not actively
participating in the forums anymore, huh? So I guess that that must mean that he is passively
participating is more like it.
Speaking of participating, I really ought to know better anymore. Goodbye. (for now)
The Dude Abides!
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/25/2008 12:35PM by zeuszor.