April 21, 2019

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Ninja Media

Propaganda and the Ninja

Ninja Propaganda

Ninjutsu is an art of continual learning and evolving amid a world of propaganda that defines the world around them.  Society and cultural norms change, and the wise Ninja learns to change as well, so that he or she will blend in with that society and not be identified for who they really are.  In one very important sense, it is a camouflage technique.

The problem that most students of the ninja arts encounter is that this time of thinking is too vague to be of help in successfully understanding and influencing the world around them.  But help has arrived, in the form of a book by Brian Anse Patrick, PhD.

Who is Brian Patrick?  His brief bio runs as follows: Brian Anse Patrick received his Ph.D. in communication research from the University of Michigan. He is currently a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Toledo, Ohio, teaching courses in research methods, group communication, propaganda, and persuasion. He has been a communication and development consultant for state governments and non-profit organizations. But his bio misses the point.  If you really want to know about Brian, read his book The Ten Commandments of Propaganda.

The Ten Commandments of Propaganda is the single most important book for a student of Ninjutsu to read when it comes to the topic of not only learning to understanding the world around him, but also for learning to blend in with the cultural environment and also how to manipulate that cultural environment to advantage.

I’ll let the book speak for itself, but here are the ten commandments Dr. Patrick lays out for a good propagandist to follow:

1.  Control the flow of information.
2.  Reflect the values and beliefs of the audience.
3.  Disambiguate.
4.  Use group pressure to horizontally shape beliefs and behavior.
5.  Cognitively penetrate and stick.
6.  Distance the propaganda from its source.
7.  Accommodate informational needs and habits.
8.  Address psychological, spiritual & social needs.
9.  Personalize and dehumanize as appropriate.
10. Dispense truth, facts, logic and science.

These topics are critical for Ninjutsu practitioners to understand.  Why?  Because they are at the core of our cultural beliefs.  Most think that a cultural evolves either organically or by force.  While there are elements of truth in those positions, in this age it is more true that our views are deliberately shaped.  As one reviewer of the book explains, “Patrick also makes the interesting case that, though Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and other regimes are most often associated with the distribution of propaganda, it is the United States that has built the most efficient and effective propaganda machine and hides it with, well, propagandistic tactics. For example, PR and marketing may generally seem benign, partly by virtue of their use of a different word for what is essentially propaganda.”

Interestingly enough, the same reviewer points out that, “Patrick states that educated people may be more susceptible to propaganda partially because they absorb so much information compared to people who are not concerned with information gathering.”

Buy this book.  Read it.  Apply it.  It is an endlessly fertile field for the student of the Ninja arts to explore.

 

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