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The threat of "cultural para-stimuli"

Andrew Klavan, the author of such internationally bestselling crime novels as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440224039?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0440224039″ True Crime/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0440224039″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / filmed by Clint Eastwood, and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765341522?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0765341522″ Don’t Say a Word,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0765341522″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / filmed starring Michael Douglas has a very thought-provoking a href=”http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/aklavan/2009/01/14/why-we-fight/”column up at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood blog. /a Klavan responds to some on the right who believe that the left sets the precedent for how people think in this country:br /br /blockquoteNo, no, no, no. What the right is experiencing at the moment is a phenomenon called “cultural para-stimuli.” You can read all about it in Tom Wolfe’s wonderful novel a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312424442?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0312424442″I Am Charlotte Simmons./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0312424442″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br / br /It’s sort of like peer pressure on steroids. It was discovered by Nobel Laureate Victor Ransome Starling, who found that when he surrounded normal cats with cats whose behavior had been bizarrely altered by brain surgery, the normal cats began acting like the crazy cats all around them.br /br /That’s us–surrounded by the mainstream media. So steeped are we now in their lies about our representatives, their ridicule of our commentators, their demonizing dismissal of the causes we know are just, that we’ve begun to adopt their attitudes toward ourselves! And perhaps chief among the lies they’ve sold us is the lie that they’ve won, that the media are theirs for good and all, and that Americans are going to be hoodwinked and brainwashed by their constant barrage of misinformation forever.br /br /Well, only if we let them. And only if we in the media surrender first./blockquotebr /br /Cultural para-stimuli–now maybe that should be added as a diagnosis to a href=”http://www.psych.org/dsmv.asp”the future DSM-V. /a