Posts Tagged ‘ fear mongering ’

SOCIAL SECURITY = EARNED BENEFITS

Jan 14th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Interpret the Language of Politics Senior Citizen Journal has written in the past about attempts of politicians to manipulate senior citizen opinion through scare tactics.  They know that if they can just get us frightened enough, we will do whatever they tell us we need to do to remain ‘safe’. Well, that is, ‘safe’ as [...]



Seniors: Are you Immune to Conspiracies?

Feb 17th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are one of those who grabs at every new and threatening conspiracy that comes along, maybe it is time to examine what is driving your point of view. They are a major market force in news shots and spots these days. Some, so called commentators, are making a fiercesome business of espousing, promoting and manhandling conspiracies to the benefit of their own motives: pocketbooks and ratings.

If our world is as bad off as some suggest, perhaps it is time to start packing, for what and to go where really doesn’t matter. We are caught in a web of going and getting no where so long as the fear and hate and stir it up crowd has anything to say. And, they seem to say a lot. Whether it is based on anything of substance or truth is another thing. Whether it leads to anywhere that offers a better place for us to be is mightily



Seniors: How to Identify Fear-Mongering Tactics

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

An annoying issue in the political-media can actually turn in to dangerous and intimidating manipulation. We’re referring to fear-mongering assaults that are primarily directed toward the burgeoning senior citizen retired population, although younger generations can also be affected.

Wikipedia defines fear-mongering thus:

Fear mongering (or scaremongering) is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. The feared object or subject is sometimes exaggerated, and the pattern of fear mongering is usually one of repetition, in order to continuously