Advertising and Narratives: Are You Being Duped and Manipulated?

Our senses allow us as humans to receive all the information of the world and our minds process the input from our senses to form our perception of reality. Our perceptions can be wrong, and our perceptions can be manipulated.

For example, product advertising is a form of perceptual manipulation as well as narratives and agendas pushed onto an unknowing population.


Not all advertisements are bad, and not all are inherently evil even if they are bad. It depends on the product, who is advertising, the means of advertising, and why it’s being advertised.

A good snake oil salesman can sell any product, even one that could potentially be harmful or is harmful, to anyone if advertised correctly with perceptual programming.

DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane):

They look so happy in this photo, so it must be good! Even the dog is happy…


Nuff said…

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder:

J&J ereally does care, you can tell by how happy the family is in the photo, and the baby is looking at mom so happy…

With each of the above products, the idea was to give the public the perception that these products were good for people. As it turned out, that was not the case, these products were actually harmful.

So how do we ever know if a product is as good and safe as advertised? How do we keep from being duped into buying?

Worse than in your face advertising is subliminal advertising and messages. Think product placement in movies and tv, association photos and hidden or millisecond messages.

If you search for subliminal messages on the Internet your will find examples. These are not in your face like standard advertising, but can effect people on a subconscious level.

The below photo technique examples are not exactly subliminal, but it can be reinforcing to a point of view and help change perceptions.

Both leaders Strong:

One happy/strong, one sad/weak:

One can argue that many photos like the above that are in news articles are simply capturing an event and are meant to portray the particular mood of the particular situation. Even though this is not fully subliminal, it’s a technique in between the in-your-face advertising and subliminal advertising that is used every day.

In the photos I chose above, you will get a negative feeling seeing Trump and a positive feeling seeing Biden. Negative subliminal messages are more effective.

CBS News:


Another area of Perception Programming, is just as nefarious. The Official Narratives. Many have seen variations of the quote about the repeating a lie: Repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.

Those in power that wish to control perceptions, use the Official Narratives to create realities. Narratives are not always lies, often though they are lies used for control. If the words of the narratives are repeated enough for a long enough time, the narratives becomes the reality.

Humans can easily be manipulated, and it’s worse when many of the sources of our reality are shaped by disingenuous information.

Government entities and individuals, corporations, academia, all have agendas and narratives they use to shape public opinion and perception. Depending on your age you may remember the G.W. Bush government and news repeating and using the word association of 9/11, WMD and Terrorists.

With Obama is was Terrorists/ISIS, and in 2020-2021 it has been Covid-19/Social Distancing/Masks/Flatten-The-Curve/Stay Safe.

Much focus at each of these time periods were spent repeating the words over and over to the public. Those words were part of the official narratives at the time, and were repeated until the narratives became our reality.

Everyone has their own narrative and will at times in their lives try to convince others that their perspective and belief is the truth or correct one to follow. The Powers That Be push their narratives and agendas onto all of us to gain power and to control us for their own purposes regardless of truth.

We would like to think we are smarter than that. Stronger than that, and no one would be able to trick us into believing something that might not be true, or might not be in our best interest.

But humans are very susceptible to coercion and perception manipulation. So how do we keep from being duped into believing lies?

The only thing we can do is to take the time to research on our own. With the resources available on the Internet, a little research time can go a long way in helping to choose the products we buy and help combat the manipulation of our reality and the misinformation thrown at us each day.

No one is going to go out of their way to track you down, and give you the truth or a different take on anything. It’s up to you. Do you want to simply let others shape and manipulate your reality, or would you rather be in control of your own reality?