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You might be interested in the documentary The Brainwashing of My Dad which is free to stream if you have Amazon Prime. I thought it was one of the best documentaries I've seen the past year.
Today I watched the movie The Brainwashing of my Dad on Amazon. Holy shit. It was amazing. She draws a very clear picture of right wing media, the influence of AM talk radio and Fox News and how it has affected people in this country. I highly recommend it.
Trump is an easily-debunked FWD:FWD:FWD email from Grandma come to life.
A filmmaker explores the radical change of her once Democratic father to an angry right-wing fanatic after his immersion in talk radio and Fox News. She discovers this to be a powerful phenomenon that has divided families across the nation.
I'd troll her, hard.
>"How does it feel being part of the Russian conspiracy to manipulate our democratic elections?"
ESPECIALLY if they're of the age to remember the Cold War, "Duck and Cover", the McCarthy hearings.
I'd start calling Trump "Putin's Bitch" and referring to "Moscow Mitch" every chance you get.
Also, Amazon Prime Video has a great documentary on how the modern "conservative" movement was formed to promote the concerns of international corporations, and how they used the media to sway American voters.
The Brainwashing of My Dad
Doubt they want to see the historical roots of FOX News (scum from the Nixon administration), and their part in "the vast right-wing conspiracy" (really just international corporations like Koch Bros, etc. fighting taxation), but it could be eye-opening to you and DH.
These types of frequent comments serve to cast Trump as unintentionally evil. That he is mentally deficient and just accidentally serves Russian agenda week after week. And constant one-line parroting about his personal mental illness avoids the topic of social media addiction, widespread in early commentators on this subreddit, and Fox News media influence upon millions - of which Trump is just one of many in the White House who worship the media cult of Rupert Murdoch.
Trump has always preferred to live in media reality. Howard Stern show, Oprah, paid-for political content in newspapers, etc.
I highly recommend the documentary "The Brainwashing of My Dad." It's about how right wing media transformed the filmmaker's elderly father from a caring Democrat into a fearful, angry conservative. It tore the family apart. However, they were able to change his media habits and revert his personality, like he snapped out of a fever dream.
It's on Amazon Instant, and it's a fascinating look at how right wing media operates and how it affects its consumers.
Fox News is a fucking cancer and I have no idea how we can cure it. Luckily younger generations watch less TV, so hopefully it just dies with the Boomers.
Edit: See if you can get your dad to watch the documentary "The Brainwashing of My Dad". It's on Amazon Prime.
> A filmmaker explores the radical change of her once Democratic father to an angry right-wing fanatic after his immersion in talk radio and Fox News. She discovers this to be a powerful phenomenon that has divided families across the nation. https://smile.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG
Check it out, it strikes so many chords with me and is eerilly similar to how my Dad changed over time. He was never a liberal by any means, but over time it's turned to a burning hatred. Last straw was when he straight up told me (a social science high school teacher at the time) that Critical Thinking was liberal brainwashing. I just feel like I can't connect to him on any level after that.
Yup. Check out a documentary called The Brainwashing of My Dad. It is on Amazon Videos. Fox has been designed to be fucked up.
There is a great movie on Amazon Prime called The Brainwashing of my Dad its about this
If an elderly man is wearing a MAGA hat I would feel sorry for their family because I know how difficult it is once they get dementia. There is a documentary about conservative hate radio and my father. https://www.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG
I don't know the statistics, but here's an anecdote from the other day: a college-educated friend of the family (he's a retired military officer) who is in his 70s and watches Fox News daily told my folks that climate change is a hoax. I'm reminded of the following documentary: https://www.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG
Just know that your experience is enough of a common phenomena that a movie was made about it. It is free if you have Prime.
And that was before Trump. I cannot imagine how much worse it is now.
Enjoy your bubble where it's you vs the world and you live in fear outside of generally accepted reality.
Keep being afraid of immigrants! More fear you have, the easier you are to manipulate. Why diversify or supplement your sources? What kind of asshole asks you to do that?
It is a cult. When you can say government provided sources is fake news, the very information we base our entire budget on and make national decisions on.. I'm just at a lost of words.
I'm watching this documentary. It's pretty eye opening, you can watch it for free:
"Fake news" has become a war cry against reality.
Watch The Brainwashing of My Dad to understand how Trump supporters have become the way they are. Its free with ads on Amazon.
"The Brainwashing of My Dad"
Amazon has a documentary about that
> I just read a thing the other day, it's called firehosing. You just create so many issues that it's almost impossible for one to be focused on.
It's way beyond that, it's brainwashing people.
You know they fight in the Middle East over how to interpret the same book for a thousand years? That's the kind of pattern Putin is doing with Democrat vs. Republican. Get people into a hate and not see that they are fighting over nonsense. How to read The Bible and Quran, day after day, hating over it.
Except in our case, it's fighting out everything and anything to ignore the truth that the greedy billionaires have too much power in the USA. Rupert Murdoch, one such billionaire, is brainwashing people all around you, and we just keep acting like that's normal. No, it's not normal when millions of people around you live in an alternate reality caused by Bible media or Fox News media or Trump Twitter media or a certain subreddit media.
"Huge parts of our population live in a separate reality created by Russian media,” says Raul Rebane, an expert on propaganda in Estonia, where a quarter of the population is ethnic Russian. “This makes consensual politics impossible.”
From a fellow person with a brainwashed dad, highly recommend this movie if you haven't seen it
Obligatory you must watch/read these regarding Fox if you haven't post:
Brainwashing of my Dad
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Roger Aile's Secret Nixon Era Blueprint
Rupert Murdoch: Cancer eating the Heart of Australian Democracy
Except a documentary was made of this very phenomena.
That article reminds me exactly of this movie I watched on Amazon Prime: The Brainwashing of My Dad.
It also hits way too close to home. I'm a gay 26 year old dude. My parents found out I was gay my sophomore year of HS, then we swept it under the rug, then I came out officially freshman year of college. We swept that under the rug too. They aren't homophobic at all, they just live a pretty sheltered life. I know if I had a boyfriend to bring home, it'd totally cool, but I don't know how to make the rest of it normal. I'm a super open dude in general, but it's strange; I have a super close relationship with my parents...while there's kind of a huge part of me I put on mute.
I say all of this to bring up what you mentioned. I'm from New Jersey, and my family is from Philly, so most people aren't the typical right wing crazy you'd expect in the south. Politics were never talked about in my household, but for the past few years, I've seen a strange anger rise in my father. His ONLY source of information is Fox News. He doesn't read any magazines, newspapers, online articles, or anything of that sort - just Fox on tv and the app on his phone. He's always been the nicest guy, so seeing this new rage is something that came as a surprise.
He has never said anything about the LGBT community, but there's some kind of implicit wrong I feel about his recent set of views. He didn't vote for Trump, but he seems to defend him and his administration in random spurts whenever I'm around (I imagine he does this when I'm not around too). I knew the type of people that Trump was putting in his orbit, and some of the harm that would come to the LGBT community throughout the next few years (let alone everything else). I doubt he even knows about this, but even if he did, who knows what his response would be. I'm not really sure how Fox News became a safe haven for my father and how that transformed his worldview, but it's most definitely had a huge influence.
It pains me that I'd like to be able to point out the issues I have with everything, but my family is not one to delve into feelings, so I pass on it and don't say anything.
TLDR; gay dude, father who was never into politics but is now obsessed with Fox News, don't even know how to start any types of discussion
Watch this documentary, it is free with ads on Amazon. It perfectly explains how these people are made.
Check out The Brainwashing of my Dad.
If you can get them to stop watching Fox and listening to Right Wing radio for several weeks/months, the effects can be reversed.
Free with ads.
Watch The Brainwashing of My Dad. You are not alone.
Brainwashing Of My Dad: https://www.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG
If you haven't seen it there's a documentary that might interest you.
If you haven't watched this yet, you should.
Well you'd be surprised. It's actually one of the things the creator of the documentary "The Brainwashing of my Dad" did and it made a huge difference in his mental health. If you haven't seen it, it's available on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG
For anyone doubting the truth of this person words: https://www.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG
If you have Amazon Prime it is free to stream, otherwise it's available the usual places for a few bucks.
Not by a long shot, and it's not a new development
I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria
Edit: It's amazing to re-read this 2014 article in 2020. So much right, but no idea how bad things were going to get.
Edit 2: There's a movie about it too. I haven't seen it, but apparently you can watch it free with ads on Amazon.
The Brainwashing Of My Dad is a documentary about this phenomenon. ...here's the trailer for it on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh3TeTxgNVo
Sadly it's not free (I have no affiliation), but it's on Hulu at least https://www.hulu.com/watch/1035324
edit: also streamed on Amazon if you have prime https://www.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG (thanks u/boraxx )
Did you read the studies? The Right is falling for the fake news of Fox. 4 out of 10 think that negative news about this admin is fake. They can't even take the president being criticized and are shooting it down. Nobody is perfect, there can be negative things that are happening. That's how the Kim Jongs like their news to be though, about them being perfect. And that is what the cult of Trump is becoming. They are literally just making stuff up.
Plus, you have have Donald Trump literally lying as well. So if you believing Donald, then going to Fox to get your news, youre even more so not getting real information.
Of course though, if you believe your news is real, you think the other news is fake.
I try to read a lot of different news outlets domestic and foreign (I really should be working more haha) and the majority of news outlets, big and small, are reporting negative things about this admin, because they are happening. Fox seems to be the only one major news outlet that is trying to obfuscate facts and mislead.
You're right about brainwashing, there's even a documentary on how Fox news brainwashes people.
If you don't want to watch it, here's an article with the documentarian:
Unfortunately, please get more conservative as they age, &, well, this:
Everyone here who hasn't yet needs to watch The Brainwashing of My Dad. It's free with ads on Amazon.
They are not so stupid. They are fed incessant propaganda and siloed in a different information bubble.
Statistically, if exposed to the same for a year, you and I would end up holding similar beliefs.
Jen Senko made The Brainwashing of My Dad a documentary about her dad being radicalized by Fox. In 2015.
You can watch it here. https://www.amazon.com/Brain-Washing-My-Dad/dp/B01C6AFEQG/
Propaganda works, even when you know it is propaganda.
Trump is incredibly skilled by it, and is getting a lot of help.
If you're in the US (or use a US-based VPN), you can watch it on IMDb TV for free (with ads).
Someone linked this in some other similar thread - I thought I’d pay it forward.
[Amazon, full doc - https://www.amazon.com/Brain-Washing-My-Dad/dp/B01C6AFEQG/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1458336246&sr=1-1&keywords=the+brain+washing+of+my+dad]
I would definitely say that it was Republican party strategists, most prominently Roger Ailes, and Roger Stone who cut their teeth in the Nixon administration that started this trend.
MSNBC, and CNN have followed in Fox News' wake in terms of how they operate because it is very good at driving ratings, but Fox News is the OG when it comes to weaponizing modern "news" media in America to influence its audience through the most basic human emotion (anger) rather than through information.
The documentary "The Brainwashing of My Dad" is an easy to watch anecdotal look at the phenomenon that has been studied more academically by political and media experts; it's a free watch with Amazon Prime video. The movie really resonated with me because of what I've witnessed in my own father, and his father. It's sad because they're actually both very intelligent people, but when it comes to the specifics of policies they can't really articulate why they hold certain positions, and they're certain that I don't know what I'm talking about even when I can cite specific facts, figures, etc. They're absolutely convinced that I must be wrong even if they can't provide any facts to the contrary because the narrative of outrage coming from Fox, Rush, etc. doesn't fit with that information.
I feel you. Watch "The Brainwashing Of My Dad" (on Amazon Prime)... it's very close to what your dad went through and explains it all very well.
If you have Amazon Prime, show your dad this.
If you have Amazon Prime you should watch this movie.
You should check out : The Brainwashing of My Dad (2016) - http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com
Free with amazon prime
Free with hulu
Starring: Jen Senko, Frank Senko, Narrated by Matthew Modine
Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes
This doc is appropriate to this conversation.
This is part of it.
The Brainwashing of my Dad (trailer)
Rent, buy, watch on Prime, or free (with ads) through Amazon
It's on my own 'to watch' list and I don't want to spoil it but I heard it has a happy ending.
Make him watch this: https://www.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG
does he have google? "russia hacked elections"
Available on Amazon Prime
It's free to stream on Amazon Prime by the way.
If you haven't seen it already, check out The Brainwashing of My Dad. Its free on Amazon with ads.
>You know, if you take those criteria and apply them to US education or tech, you kinda find that white men are second class citizens, and conservatives are about as discriminated as gays in the 50s.
I argue the latter is entirely false for a couple of reasons:
Conservatives aren't discriminated against, they are just illogical. There is an entire book called "The Brainwashing of my Dad" on this exact concept. Likewise Conservatism is the act of conserving government funds and spending appropriately which is a UNIVERSAL concept, not just a party based one, therefore saying that you should be smart about Medicaid isn't Conservative, it's common sense.
The ideology of being Conservative now-a-days is closer to SOCIAL conservatism, not FINANCIAL conservatism. Conservatives are usually anti-gay, sexist, or bigoted in some way. Why? Because change is hard and they don't want to assume that those things can be adjusted around, therefore you must go against it because it's obviously assaulting you by not bending to your tastes.
Don't ever state that conservatives are as discriminated as any social groups, especially gays. Gays were not only getting fucking killed, but harassed by the government. The entirety of the aids epidemic was blamed on gays who had absolutely nothing to do with it. Stonewall Riots were caused by repeated raids by the local police force. You could, would, and often were fired, injured, hurt, and verbally assaulted in any number of ways, from being excluded entirely out of your community, becoming a social pariah to being lynched. To this day the lie that Gays caused AIDS is still around and actively hurts members in the community to the point of where "The Moral Majority" decides to completely skip decent LGBT+ sex education, leading to far more kids not only being bullied by their peers to the brink of suicide, if not suicide itself all because of something they can not physically control. The lie that it is a CHOICE has led to countless deaths by suicide, by starvation as they fled hateful homes, to poverty stricken lives and countless other travesties. Conservatives fucking deserve the shit they get and more for helping create one of the longest lasting lies about an entire segment of people to this day.
Conservatives = Republicans universally as anyone who says they are Conservative often times vote Republican who's entire platform is based on it. Trump is just as Conservative as McCain or Raegan or Nixon, all of which raised the deficit and did the exact opposite of what being "Conservative" is supposed to be.
> you kinda find that white men are second class citizens,
I briefly cover this but white men aren't second class citizens, as that would be closer to slaves. All people are actually in indentured servitude at worse if you consider how much debt everything gives and how little money we make. No one in the US is debt free unless they have gross amounts of money and that is actually whats causing our current issue involving the deficit, poor distribution of money = bad economy, government and societal uprising.
Lol. It’s people I’ve known for 20 years. It’s not like they’re evil people.
If you have an opportunity, check out this
documentary > https://www.amazon.com/Brainwashing-My-Dad-Matthew-Modine/dp/B01C6AFEQG