Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Funder, “Stasiland”

Funder, Anna. Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall. London: Granta Books, 2004. Print.

I later found instructions to operatives on ways of crippling ‘oppositional’ people… It comes from the Directive 'Perceptions' ('Richtlinien, Stichpunkt Wahrnehmung'). It aims:

To develop apathy (in the subject) achieve a situation in which his conflicts, whether of a social, personal, career, health or political kind are irresolvable…to give rise to fears in develop/create restrict his talents or reduce his capacity to act harness dissentions and contradictions around him for that purpose....

 On 18 January 1989—long before anyone could foresee the October demonstrations of that year—the state issued a further refined Directive called 'Zersetzungsmassnahmen'. The German word Zersetzung is harsh, and has no direct English equivalent… Zersetzung, as a concept, involves the annihilation of the inner self. The Directive recommended these methods:

[the] targetted spreading of rumours about particular persons with the aid of anonymous and pseudo-anonymous letters…making compromising situations for them by creating confusion over the facts ... [and] the engendering of hysterical and depressive behaviours in the target person.

             Youtube: Anna Funder on fear and conservatism in government

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ekman, “Emotions Revealed"

Ekman, Paul. Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life. New York: Times Books, 2003. Print.
Through serendipity the Advanced Research Projects Agency (APRA) of the Department of Defense gave me a grant to do cross-cultural studies of nonverbable behavior. I had not sought the grant, but because of a scandal—research project being used to camouflage counter-insurgency activity—a major ARPA project was canceled and the money budgeted for it had to be spent during the fiscal year on overseas research…(2).
Someone interfering with what we are intent on doing. If we think the interference is deliberate, not incidental or required, if it appears the interfering person chose to interfere with us, our anger may be stronger (110).
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