If we see culture as the system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours, and artifacts that we use to order and understand our world, it follows that alteration of these cultural patterns and symbols would have an impact on our perceptions of the world as well. Culture provides many of the attitudes we adopt and enact, often by rote. A culture’s militarization and the subsequent hardening of attitudes strengthens this feedback effect by emphasizing hierarchy and introducing additional factors such as propaganda. This is a pattern we see in periods of history such as those following the burning of the German Reichstag and the demolitions of 9/11. The German people of the Weimar Republic era were as urbane and educated as they came – and yet they chose a dictator in the face of internal and external threats fabricated by National Socialism. Why? Because they’d been well prepared in advance by their culture and media.
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