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Criminalizing Poverty

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Poverty can be one of the most dangerous things to the stability of a society.  It is especially dangerous to those in power if poverty is viewed as being a failure of the system.  If the poverty stricken are viewed as being personally responsible for their state however, then it is seen as their fault and not those in positions of power.

Mock Public Space

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Mock public space is generaly physical or virtual "community" space that people perceive as "public" but in reality disallow many aspects of "public-ness" that are important to democracies; free speech for one.  A privately owned social-media website, or a mall would both be examples of this pattern.

Sustaining World Hunger

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Due to factors like poverty, displacement of resources, and environmental degradation many in the world go hungry every day.  One of the largest factors may well be that feed is viewed as a commodity to be purchased and sold, and not a human right.  In this way "the market" is responsible, not individuals, corporations, or the world community.

Media Monopolies

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If most major media outlets are controlled by a small number of corporations pro-business perspectives and propaganda that aligns with the special interests of those corporations can dominate the public conversation.  Information that challenges or opposes those interests can be ignored or delegitimized.  Amazing progress has been made: From over 80 companies just 40 years ago, now five corporations control a large percentage of the information that American citizens see.

"Balance" Deception

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A journalistic practice whereby one side will be presented and then, with equal time allotment, the "other side" will be presented.  This pattern can be very effective at obscuring the issue; leading to a situation where it appears that there are two equally credible ways to view an issue, when in fact there may not be.  Currently this is being used to suggest that the phenomenon is not established scientific fact.

Advertising-Funded Media

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This pattern presents the system wherein media stations are primarily funded by selling advertising time to others. This time is often very expensive and favors large companies. This creates a system in which the media answers not to the public, but to the companies that are paying for the advertising time.

Weapons of Mass Distraction

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Societal distractions can be naturally occurring or manufactured in such a way as to distract people and subvert their attention away from social and civic issues of public concern.  If properly occupied by such distractions, public outcry can be better controlled and their attention diverted to issues of unimportance such as the private lives of movie stars.

Dehumanization

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Dehumanization works by portraying subsets of people who aren't in line with the goals of the state as less than human.  This representation will eventually permeate the minds of the population.  As the public adopts this attitude, they can eventually view the target peoples as less than human.

Racism

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Racism is the overt and covert, conscious and subconscious, belief that people of different ethnicities have less intrinsic worth than others.  The belief that certain ethnicities are inferior or superior can become internalized and expressed subtly through actions or words that demean or dehumanize others.

Xenophobia

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An "Us and Them" mentality that leads to extreme prejudices against a group of people.  News coverage often subtly encourages xenophobic beliefs for hidden political agendas.  This is a common tool used during times of war or in the marketing of war.

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