(UNEDITED I'm amazed at how Republican candidate Rick Perry shows up out of no where and is suddenly "a clear front-runner" for the Republican nomination for U.S. President. Nobody knows anything about this guy and all of a sudden he's leading the "polls"? What polls? Who was the target population being surveyed? Were they even registered voters? The recent Republican debates have proven Perry to be anything but conservative.
I have a college degree in Sociology, and in my opinion the media is using a propaganda technique called "the illusion of social proof". Similar to a herd of Buffalo running over the edge of a cliff, we humans are mentally lazy. When we are confused, we look to our peers for how best to behave.
This normally works to our advantage in our busy lives. It's a mental shortcut without having to take the time to study the issues (and it doesn't take a lot of effort to lift our head above the herd and think !) The only problem is that there are unethical people who use this to their advantage, from advertising campaigns using celebrities to endorse their products who create the illusion of social proof, to the handful of individuals who own our mainstream media trying to sell us their version of who should be U.S. President by claiming they are leading the "polls" (the illusion of social proof). On the plus side, we as a people have and excellent track record of correcting our course of action once we realize falsehood is taking place.
Let me be one of the first to say the King is not wearing any clothes!
I can only hope the delegates of the Republican party vote their own conscience rather than follow the puppet masters. The freedom of our country is at stake.