Much referring to Project MkUltra. This project

Much like
the film Inception, the deceptive culture industry and the mass media, we take
a turn on how these matters come into hand in a contemporary society– seeding an
idea in modern society through the modes of digital media and public
broadcasts. In an online article of “Mass
Mind Control Through Network Television- Are your thoughts your own?” it
mentions the imperative nature the government impose on humanity through a
spectacle of mind manipulations and digital media. When people think about mind
control they usually relate it to the definitive conspiracy theories referring
to Project MkUltra. This project is a CIA mind control program that operated in
the early 1950s to experiment and interrogate human subjects on drug usage and
other acts of violation.

 

The program
forced confessions of the individual through mind control to weaken and extract
information, the agency poured millions of dollars into the examining stages to
ensure methods of controlling the mind and of enhancing their ability to
extract information from subjects who were resistant in the interrogation
stages. For example, Cobb’s mission is to steal corporate secrets of his target
through the means of Inception – delving into the subconscious and extracting
valuable information, which he successfully executes through manipulative mind
control, Cobb’s process of ‘seeding’ ideas works substantially in our
materialistic world of producers and consumers. (Ansari, A. (2018).

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Other modes
of mind control are raised through the network of television, “the retile brain
is unable to distinguish between reality and simulated reality of television.

To the brain, if it looks real, it is real” (Ansari, A. (2018). We are
conscious to the fact the commercial is trying to manipulate us, but on an
unconscious, level the commercial nonetheless is successful in the sense that
we feel helpless unless we buy the product being advertised, and the
implications of reaching on a more unconscious are none other than powerful,
because it operates on the deepest level of human response. On the contrary,
the culture industry is associated with “absolute power of capitalism” Adorno,
T. & Horkheimer, M. (1944). Criticise how society is mass deceived with the
consumption of cultural goods, “The culture
industry perpetually cheats its consumers of what it promises. The promissory
note which, with its plots and staging, it draws on pleasure is endlessly
prolonged; the promise, “which is all the spectacle consists of, is illusory:
all it actually confirms is that the real point will never be reached” Adorno, T. & Horkheimer, M. (1944).