Monday, October 31, 2016

Prototype of Panic- Orson Welles' War of the Worlds: An Experiment in Mass Mind Control

 In honour of  Halloween- Let's take a walk back to 1938 and recall the radio broadcast of Orson Welles'... "War of the Worlds"

A broadcast that stands out in history as possibly the first large scale, thanks to the wide spread availability of radio, perception managing/ psychological experiment. Conducted on the unwitting masses designed specifically to understand how fear could be induced, effectively.

Image and some info borrowed from here
 Radio is an altogether novel medium of communication,
preeminent as a means of social control, and epochal in its influence upon the mental horizons of men.
– Hadley Cantril, 19355
Global Research-Early “Psychological Warfare” Research and the Rockefeller Foundation

"Aware of the Dartmouth connection, Marshall encouraged the enterprising Cantril to apply to the Foundation for support. Cantril’s request resulted in a $67,000 grant for a two-year charter of the “Princeton Radio Project” (PRP) at Princeton University. There Cantril proceeded to develop studies assessing radio’s effects on audiences. In 1938 Cantril also became a founding editor of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Public Opinion Quarterly, an organ closely associated with US government’s psychological warfare endeavors following World War Two.
When the Princeton venture commenced another trained psychologist close to Rockefeller, CBS Director of Research Frank Stanton, was named PRP lead researcher but took a secondary role of Associate Director due to his position at the broadcast network. At this time Austrian émigré social scientist Paul Lazarsfeld was recruited to join Cantril. Thus Cantril, Stanton, and Lazarsfeld were closely affiliated and ideally positioned to embark on a major study involving public opinion and persuasion.
The opportunity for such an analysis presented itself when CBS broadcast Orson Welles’ rendering of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds on on October 30, 1938. Lazarsfeld saw the event as especially noteworthy and immediately asked Stanton for CBS funds to investigate reaction to what at the time was the largest immediate act of mass persuasion in human history. Over the next several months interviews with War of the Worlds listeners were collected, provided to Stanton at CBS, and subsequently analyzed in Cantril’s 1940 study, The Invasion From Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic." PDF-

Planned and studied to understand the full affects on the audience...
So, information gleaned could be honed, expanded and wielded, like any other weapon against it's unwitting victims

Jan @ Gnostic Media did an encore presentation of his 2015 show "Prototype of Panic"

I listened to it again. And decided Halloween 2016 was a fitting time to revisit this radio programming and the truth of it's broadcast

Closing this post with an Edward Bernay's quote that is always in the sidebar here as a reminder to myself, hopefully others,  that is behooves us all to question, always.

Edward Bernays: Perception Management it is a Reality
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society"

"Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. . . . In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons . . . who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind."


  1. Penny,
    This is E. Micheal Jones website

    Another huge work is entitled The jewish Revolutionary Spirit. He takes about 4-5 years researching his books, and goes deeply into Rockefeller Foundation (and there are others today's Ford also ) on social engineering the masses.

    I would love for you to find time to listen to this interview from Oct 2015 on his book, The Slaughter of the Cities: Urban Renewal as Ethnic Cleansing
    He's a devout Catholic, with a degree in Theology I believe, and 'on the outs with the church'

    I've been researching on and off this very vein of study thanks in part to you, remember Jose'? I'm sure you do :D

    Rockefeller did a study on how to persuade the populace drastically other than using War !
    None were found, but we see examples of suggestions everywhere today, and I can going back decades.

    Will have to dig up some other things I've ran across.

    I've not had time to read this series yet. The extension on filing taxes is drawing near and my eye problems make it soooo slow :)
    I'll survive tho
    The Socialist-Capitalist Alliance: the Fabian Society, the Frankfurt School, and Big Business: Part I

    It's a rabbit hole, and a very deep and old one, but at least I feel like most of the dis-info is behind me. :)

  2. opps, other than delete it, I stuck in some further info and got it in the wrong paragraph.. this little box isn't make for such actiont :)
    Paragraph 1 and paragraph 2 should be inverted

  3. Propaganda, Propaganda, Propaganda, Propaganda, & Propaganda.
    That's all lame stream media is.

    The answer to your question, thing are good in Calli. I'm split wood one day then next do some other chore like clean my house. I did get 4 rows of Fava beans in and still need to plant the garlic. That's about it other than the madness called an election in free Amerika:-(

  4. Oh there is some good new in ME.

    Syrian Perspective takes pleasure in congratulating the people of Lebanon on their newly-elected president, General Michel ‘Awn.

    It's been a long time coming, the right man for the job.


  6. Hey All:

    One of those crazeee days- so thanks for the comments all

    karin: I've heard of e micheal jones- heard him interviewed a few times here and there
    I will check that interview you are recommending out!

    jo6pac- 4 rows of fava beans- how long is each row?
    and garlic- we should plant some too
    but we're painting still- upper hallway, stairwell down to entrance way- I have a large entrance way..
    second coat stuff and have to put up the new lighting-- were almost there

    started a new jar of fermented sauerkraut-
    so chop, chop, chop today

    Ally- did see the news regarding the Turkish general being in russia today, the news sounded as if the relationship is still positive

    Hopefully tomorrow I will get something new posted

  7. Iraq warns Turkey again

  8. Great talk:

    1. thanks ally- going to play catch up the next couple of days..

  9. What's going on in Diego Garcia?there are some reports of a huge military buildup on the island .
    The Russians will know this.

    1. Hi Stephen- couldn't find to much in the way of big build up.. I would think Russia, China and India would all know about this?

      Seems conveniently located for North Africa too

      "U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia provides logistic support to operational forces forward deployed to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf areas of responsibility in support of national policy objectives."

  10. What's going on in Diego Garcia?there are some reports of a huge military buildup on the island .
    The Russians will know this.