The subject of mind control has been keenly contested for some time now. Mind or thought control is broadly defined as human subjects being indoctrinated in a way that causes an impairment of autonomy – the inability to think independently, and a disruption of beliefs and affiliations.
Mind control was initially considered a mere conspiracy theory. During the early days of the term, its adherents believed a human’s mind could be controlled through the dissemination of propaganda messages to suit the person disseminating the message. Even media theories such as Agenda Setting, Framing and Priming supported the notion that the human mind could be controlled to think in a certain direction the media wanted. This, in theory, becomes possible through the messages the media disseminate to the public. As the media constantly bombard people with a specific message or idea, over time, people become addicted to it, adopting it as a reality. Of course, if this happens, it means the thinking faculties of people have been altered.