Crowd manipulation is the intentional use of techniques based on the
principles of crowd psychology to engage, control, or influence the
desires of a crowd in order to direct its behavior toward a specific
This practice is common to politics and business and can facilitate the
approval or disapproval or indifference to a person, policy, or product. The
ethical use of crowd manipulation is debatable and depends on such
factors as the intention of and the means used by the manipulator, as
well as the ends achieved.
Crowd manipulation differs from propaganda although they may
reinforce one another to produce a desired result. If propaganda is
“the consistent, enduring effort to create or shape events to influence
the relations of the public to an enterprise, idea or group”, crowd
manipulation is the relatively brief call to action once the seeds of
propaganda (i.e. more specifically “pre-propaganda”) are sown and
the public is organized into a crowd. The propagandist appeals to the
masses, even if compartmentalized, whereas the crowd manipulator
appeals to a segment of the masses assembled into a crowd in real
time. In situations such as a national emergency, however, a crowd
manipulator may leverage mass media to address the masses in real
time as if speaking to a crowd.
Once you know the method it looses its power over you. Its easier to
manipulate those who are unaware. For all of us to teach and learn
about manipulation techniques and thereby become immune to them,
is the purpose of this thread.
What follows are just a few examples means of infowar, psychowar and
mass-indoctrination. These are used on a daily basis by mass-media,
politics, schools, speakers, writers, etc.
Crowd manipulation also differs from crowd control, which serves a
security function. Local authorities use crowd-control methods to contain
and defuse crowds and to prevent and respond to unruly and unlawful
acts such as rioting and looting.
Кара-Мурза С. Г. Манипуляция сознанием. - М.: Эксмо, 2007. - 864с.