Keep an eye post-ABC Catalyst Tuesday evening for the telecommunications and mobile industry public relations machine seeking to decimate the program, the investigator, the interviewees…any ‘weakness’ they can find. When industry realise they are in a pickle and losing control they buckle down with the predictable rhetoric ‘there are no health effects’ and pull out a few so-called ‘expert’ authorities such as an emeritus professor to boo-hoo the science. Unless we have experienced our own health deterioration, have researched beyond hack journalism or trust our knowing sense about microwave radiation many of us will fall under the multi-million dollar PR spell.
In Playing GOD I talk about five key enablers of unfettered telco antenna and mobile device growth. One industry strategy is:
Seeds of doubt – Mobile and telecommunications industry ‘experts’ and their PR machine sow seeds of doubt. They generate doubt as to the science behind adverse biological effects of electromagnetic radiation. This strategy has been used by propagandists for decades. The invisibility of electromagnetic radiation means limited public awareness in a ‘five senses’ world where we’ve been trained to rely so heavily on ‘sight’ in particularly – in contrast to traditional cultures. As microwave exposure one of multiple environmental factors (for instance chemical toxicity, bacterial infections…) the PR machine will question the validity of the microwave exposure aspect.
I’ve found a neutral chat with someone pointing out the above (only if they want to listen) often led to interesting conversation and deeper questions about my journey with microwave radiation and health.
In health and harmony, Ben
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