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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior | Fox News

    As if we're not manipulated enough by forces outside our purview, now our government is openly engaging in these tactics.
    Nudges huh? I wonder how many nudges it will take to get the average American to believe Obamacare will actually save them money and provide better health care?

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Enforcing the rules of society is psychological behavior modification. Simply using indirect methods isn't inherently any more harmful than being blatant about it. The end result of how it impacts the citizens is what really matters.
    If an extreme right wing government is installed and you are comfortable with the psyops they produce, then bless you. I'm not even though our current government is run by left wing extremists. I would be comfortable with neither.

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    If an extreme right wing government is installed and you are comfortable with the psyops they produce, then bless you. I'm not even though our current government is run by left wing extremists. I would be comfortable with neither.
    You'd be hard pressed to find historical examples of where the government went off the rails by indirectly influencing people. Openly killing citizens with drone strikes is more the kind of thing that you have to be worried about.

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

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    would you rather me use Stalin as an example with his reeducation camps

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    You'd be hard pressed to find historical examples of where the government went off the rails by indirectly influencing people. Openly killing citizens with drone strikes is more the kind of thing that you have to be worried about.
    I don't want to use Godwins Law but the Nazi propaganda machine was pretty off the rails.

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    I don't want to use Godwins Law but the Nazi propaganda machine was pretty off the rails.
    The techniques used by the Nazi propaganda machine are pretty much standard in modern political discussion. The difference is that we don't have a monolithic state controlled media pushing a single narrative with no competition.

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    The techniques used by the Nazi propaganda machine are pretty much standard in modern political discussion. The difference is that we don't have a monolithic state controlled media pushing a single narrative with no competition.
    Yet...but they're trying.
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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Yet...but they're trying.
    The news is being consolidated by the private sector, not the government. Even guys like Soros and Koch who have political agendas don't take orders from anyone in Washington, they push their own views.

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    Oh, dear Lord. They're getting behavioral scientists to recommend how to make government run more efficient; i.e. putting tax forms online instead of mailing them. Where to place public notice signs at the beach. How to combat tagging and vandalism.

    You don't need to be in a corner hyperventilating into a brown paper bag.

    Don't worry. He and others will feel better when a republican does it. Right now all they have is hyperbolic chicken little stuff.

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