The occult concept of the egregore comes to mind; an entity unto its own, but composed of the thoughts of a group, influencing the thoughts within the group in turn, creating a symbiotic relationship. The non supernatural equivalencies to the egregore would be the corporation model found in the civic sphere, and the meme, an ever prolipherating unit of “culture” found on the internet. Given the vast saturation, and the range of dissemination media now enjoys, escaping the constant thought-form of the modern-day egregore is, to say the least, difficult. The stage and the audience are the biggest they have ever been, and getting bigger still. Meanwhile, more eyes and ears mean greater scrutiny of what is presented to a voracious public. Spins, or out and out fabrications, are detected and shared swiftly. Celebrity pontifications are met with angry reactions, and sometimes followed by boycotts. We get the label “fake news” and the saying “go woke, go broke” from these receipts, and we draw the conclusion that the facade is harder to keep up under so many purveyors.
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