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A news story making the rounds on the internet is the release, due I suppose to the Freedom of Information Act, of an FBI investigation 50 years ago into the potentially lurid and obscene lyrics of the classic song ‘Louie, Louie.’

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cec1JInytH0

Just to put things in perspective, 50 years ago potentially sordid lyrics presented enough of a national threat that the FBI spent 2 years on this, producing a 119 page report. Interest lives on, apparently, and there is even a fan site for the song and a languishing documentary on the subject.

There’s a very cool, 6-minute or so video on youtube of Simon Singh talking about the effects of suggestion, and social proof, on perception. This is great for a class on persuasion, culture or change.

I understand the power of suggestion but the question remains, however, who heard those words first, to suggest them to somebody else? Nevertheless, I am heartened that the numbers of the paranoid are demonstrably fewer. Not counting the FBI and other government agencies ready to spring into action.

 

 

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