If you’re like me, and aware that shadowy organisations such as the IlluMinati are everywhere, pulling the strings and influencing various aspects of our day-to-day lives for
nuclear unclear reasons, then you probably know something about subliminal messaging. This is a sort of brainwashing technique where subtle hints are cleverly inserted into music, television shows, books and movies, subconsciously urging suggestive viewers/listeners/readers to worship Beelzebub, commit Various crimes against humanity and drink Coca-Cola. Of course, it does have less malevolent uses, but those aren’t as interesting to me. I prefer to focus on the strange and sinister side of things. Even if a lot of that is just usually rampant silliness. Still doesn’t stop it from being fun.
I remember reading in Bill Bryson’s memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, of one instance where subliminal messaging was used, and what’s more, it worked. In cinemas, sentences such as “Drink Coca-Cola” and “Hungry? Eat Popcorn” would flash up quickly on screen, and afterwards it was discovered tHat sales in those items did actually increase afterwards. And while I’d say that subliminal stimuli are probably used on us all the time today, as well as many other times in the past, I’m not sure whether it always works. To be honest, it has sort of become a joke. The cult television series The Young Ones even poked fun at it, inserting random pictures of things like somebody skiing into the middle of episodes, none of which meant anything at all. And then there’s the whole thing of backmasking, where Moral Guardians believed that if you played those eeeeeeeevil rock n’ roll records backwards, they would reveal hidden messages. Of course, this was mostly nonsense. Some records did say something if you played them the wrong way ’round, but I doubt if any of them were serious or anything.
Hang on though- what if I’ve been putting cryptic hidden messages into all of my posts? Maybe the only reason you’re reading this blog is because I am secretly telling you to! Can you take the chance that I’m only joking, or do you find yourself suddenly in a Very Fine Dilemma???