After nearly a month of craigslist postings, we finally got our hands on a piece of tape 2. Ed mentions a quote from Edward Bernays’ 1928 book Propaganda.
He quotes that: “We don’t realize to what extent the words and actions of our most influential leaders are dictated by people behind the scenes.”… Why this quote? It’s quite obvious that Ed believes the “people behind the scenes” are Zenith… But the fact that Ed brings up Public Relations is very concerning. Dominating opinions in our society via Mass Media is the most effectual way we are controlled by those behind the scenes.
Bernays writes: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
Most interesting to me is that we clearly see that Ed is wearing a clerical collar. We were led to believe Ed is no longer a member of the clergy. Does he still wear this collar because he considers himself “The Priest of Truth“?… Or is he on a leash? We can only hope that his message reaches the masses before it’s too late; Bernays wrote Propaganda in 1928, today Media influence controls what we eat, drink, think and feel — I fear no one can compete with that.