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What is the most effective tool to control the masses?
Posted 3/1/16
In your opinion.
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Posted 3/1/16 , edited 3/1/16
Internet->Mass Media-> Culture-> Law/Religion-> Money. Thus, I believe internet to be most important.
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Religion gives the most control while Mass media and the internet are subtle therefore easy to utilize for control.
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Posted 3/1/16
fear; which probably is related to most of the options.
Posted 3/1/16
When you can't scare people with religion, use science - Confucius
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Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
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Posted 3/1/16
Sugar, sweeteners and related substances.... ok let's see how about Public Education?
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Posted 3/1/16
Mass media,used to be religion soon to be Donald Trump "The great and powerful".
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Posted 3/2/16
Wouldn't the Internet be a part of mass media?
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Posted 3/2/16
If the answer was that obvious, then we wouldn't all be controlled so easily... or would we?
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Posted 3/2/16 , edited 3/3/16
I would say money cause you can buy the media with it.

Sidenote: Isn't the internet technically a form of mass media?
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Posted 3/3/16
Honestly none of us are going to know the answer because none of us control the masses.
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It doesn't matter.
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Posted 3/4/16
Internet.
Controlling the internet with filtering content and regulating access is currently a greater impact than any other source listed. every other category uses the internet to further their relevance in the daily lives of it's users.
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Posted 3/4/16 , edited 3/4/16
One might argue that the internet should be the first thing to restrict if one had to restrict only one thing since it offers such an enormous amount of information, but I think freedom of travel would be of greater concern to an authoritarian regime wanting to control information. You don't have to lay the infrastructure for internet service to be available to everyone, and it is possible to tightly restrict access to whatever infrastructure is laid.

No matter how tightly you restrict access to the internet, television and radio broadcasts, or print media domestically it all amounts to nothing if people can cross the border into one's liberal neighbours and instantly gain access to all of those things in full. That's why the DPRK has razor wire, electric fences, minefields, and border guards set up to keep people in rather than out. It's why you're followed everywhere you go by government agents if you're ever crazy enough to be a tourist there or unfortunate enough to be a reporter sent there for coverage of a story. Because if freedom of travel isn't restricted that tightly the entire remainder of the DPRK's system of control falls apart. It is the single most important component.

Just those unfortunate peoples' bloody luck that their government is fantastically good at doing something it shouldn't be doing while being terrible at doing the things it ought to be doing.
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