False Memories in Disneyland
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Prof. Elizabeth Loftus is permanently under pressure to justify her thesis that human memory can easily be manipulated to 'recall' events that actually did not take place. In June 2001, she published more recent findings, which indicate that human memory is even less reliable than she had already found in earlier studies. To make her research understandable to everybody, Prof. Loftus chose a background to which Johnny Doe can easily relate: Disneyland. The following report was taken from the Internet: 
In earlier works, Prof. Loftus focused mainly on the influence of real or invented traumatic events on human memory, as shown in preceding articles. This new study shows how media products like ads, intruding into our world of experience, have a manipulating effect. It is obvious that the power of the media to manipulate human memory is considerably larger than the influence of personal interviews. Whereas not even 20% of all persons exposed to two suggestive interviews claimed false, implanted information to be part of their own memory, this latest example shows that already on single intensive exposure to a fake media advertisement by a trusted source can suffice to deform the memory of 30 to 40% of all persons subjected to such an experiment.
This reflects the faith most people have in the media - including advertisements as long as they stem from well-known and trustworthy companies, all the more so because in our times, commercials make up the majority of all contents transported by the media, particularly in most mainstream printed periodicals.
What, then, can we expect when basically all trustworthy and renowned media of the world have been exposing everybody on this globe with an ever increasing shower of one-sided, distorted, and even fabricated 'information' about the 'Holocaust,' including of course those who witnessed these (alleged) events? How reliable can testimony from such witnesses possibly be today? What is therefore the value of all those projects focusing for several years now on uncritically recording witness accounts of 'survivors' on tape and video?
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|||See David Irving's review "False Witnesses," this issue, as well as Germar Rudolf, "False Memory Everywhere - except in Modern History," this issue.|
|||See G. Rudolf, ibid.|
|||See G. Rudolf, "Scientist at Work," this issue, p. 457.|
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|Title:||False Memories in Disneyland|
|Sources:||The Revisionist 1(4) (2003), pp. 463f.|
|First posted on CODOH:||June 24, 2012, 7 p.m.|