Oh Dear – what’s wrong with the media

The video isn’t new – dates from 2014. It was aired on msm – produced by Adam Curtis. He may be considered ‘establishment’ by some – maybe not- by others

However, in a 5 min youtube he does endeavour to explain the madness of msm ‘news’ propoganda

How the Media Keeps Us Distracted From Things That Matter

The media is supposed to tell us everything important. We need media outlets that will direct its mass audience towards what truly counts: justice, truth and wisdom. So why is it that after spending just a few hours watching a news broadcast, you’re likely to feel overloaded, confused, unfocused, and distracted from what really matters? Below is a thoughtful video that explores what is wrong with mainstream media and what tools it uses to exploit our psychological weaknesses.

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), also known unofficially as the “Nudge Unit”, is an organisation that was set up to apply nudge theory (behavioural economics and psychology) to try to improve government policy and services as well as to save the UK government money.[1][2]

Originally set up as a team within the Cabinet Office, it is now a limited company, Behavioural Insights Limited. It is headed by psychologist David Halpern.

The Unit was established as a result of the result of enthusiasm from Conservative thinkers including David Willets, Oliver Letwin and Danny (now Lord) Finkelstein for the book Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. It suggested that new psychological insights could allow governments to steer people towards desired top-down choices without people realising they were being manipulated.

Mr. Halpern used to be policy chief for Tony Blair, the former Labour prime minister, and later wrote a report on behavioral policy-making commissioned by Mr. Blair’s Labour Party successor, Gordon Brown

BIT was set up in 2010 by the coalition government in a probationary fashion.[1] In April 2013 it was announced that it would be partially privatised as a mutual joint venture.[3]

the unit appears to be adapting psychological tricks dreamed up by big business to get us to part more readily with our hard-earned cash to solve intractable social problems. Located in the Cabinet Office and reporting to key government figures, including the cabinet secretary, Jeremy Heywood*