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Manipulating How We See the World

Telephone.  A game many of us played when we were kids.  The message starts out as “today is my birthday” and by the time it is communicated to the last in line ends up as “purple monkey dishwasher.”

It’s a comical game when we’re children but, as adults, we find the wide chasm between sender and receiver a frustrating miscommunication with oftentimes negative outcomes.

But what about intentional miscommunication?  Who would want such a thing?  And what would they have to gain?

This eye-opening piece breaks down modern media and how messages are intentionally manipulated for their profit – NOT our best interests.  Goodbye journalistic integrity.  Hello buying our minds with the garbage they’re selling (and, sadly, too many of us are happily buying).

The next time Flo wants to save us 15% on car insurance or dopey talking head on CNBC tells us to buy a stock consider the motive of the messenger.  Are we getting the full story?  An accurate telling?  Or are we being fed a bunch of massaged, weapons-grade BS as a means to their nefarious, self-serving end?

Caveat emptor!


  1. Chuck Epstein July 31, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    It’s refreshing to see an investment firm addressing issues related to society, but you are confusing advertising and journalism. Advertising is benign propaganda and the selective presentation of facts. Bad journalism is the selective presentation or misuse of events to push an agenda, and there is plenty of that, but your observation has to be more focused. on this complex topic.

    • Howard S. Haber, CFP® August 1, 2017 at 7:44 am - Reply

      Therein lies the rub. Where does journalism end and advertising begin?

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