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How a Turkish Playwright and an American Executive Influenced Election 2012

 

We have a story to tell about The Big Lie, social networking, and influencing society at an unconscious level.  Dr. Carl G. Jung is largely credited with developing the psychological concept of the Collective Unconscious.  By definition, when an idea springs out of the Collective Unconscious it is coming from something that is deep in the psyche of everyone, even though only a few may consciously express its significance.  Somewhere between the Collective Unconscious and the Personal Unconscious is the Societal Unconscious.  These are unconscious ideas of a country or group which are broader than the Personal Psyche, but not so broad that they relate to every human being, as the Collective Unconscious does.  

 

Our influence fell somewhere along the continuum between the Collective Unconscious and the Societal Unconscious.  Here is our story, so you can decide for yourself:

 

Meltem Arikan is a Turkish novelist and playwright, who’s innovative new play Mi Minor opens in Istanbul on December 1, 2012.  Meltem knows something about censorship and The Big Lie.  Her 4th novel, Stop Hurting My Flesh, was banned by Turkish censors in 2004, because they denied that incest occurs in Turkey.  After taking the matter to court, Meltem’s novel was published and won the Free Expression of Thought Prize of the Turkish Publishers’ Association.

 

In the summer of 2011, Meltem became incensed by the revelations about the Turkish government, and the interactions between the American and Turkish governments, which were revealed by Wikileaks, the controversial outlet of Julian Assange.  

 

She was upset about the plight of Private Bradley Manning, who allegedly provided hundreds of thousands of military documents to Wikileaks.  Primary among her concerns was that Private Manning was exposing alleged war crimes, which was his duty as defined in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials of 1945-46.  These alleged war crimes were partially exposed in the documentary film “Collateral Murder”.  

 

These events inspired Meltem to write her article “Confronting the Big Lie”, which she published at the Wikileaks Movie web site on October 15, 2011, and on Archetype in Action on October 17, 2011.  

 

Skip Conover is an American executive, who has been studying Jungian Psychology since 1987, and is the Founder of the Archetype in Action™ Organization.  One of the focuses of this work has been how one can use the Societal Unconscious and archetypal ideas to influence political views.

 

During the summer of 2011, I was becoming more and more conscious of the fact that many of the claims of Republican candidates were simply untrue. I was trying to find a way to get my mind around what they were doing from a political psychology point of view.  If I had ever heard of the concept of “The Big Lie,” it certainly was never consciously in the context of Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf.  

 

When Meltem Arikan’s Confronting the Big Lie came to my attention, I knew that she had highlighted something that must finally reach the societal consciousness, so that no people, anywhere in the world, will ever be subjugated by “The Big Lie” again.  Once I had Meltem’s article, I wrote “The Big Lie in American Politics” and published it on October 25, 2011.  

 

The next step was to promote our articles through Twitter, focusing the attention of the mainstream media through hash tags, which yielded over 16,800 hits on the two articles.  By February 2012, we do know that the mainstream media was talking about political lying nearly constantly, and by the end of the campaign it was difficult to hear a political advertisement without a mention of lying.  

 

We leave it to the reader to decide how effective we were.  Obviously, we know that the terms lie, liar, and lying became ubiquitous and stuck to the Republican campaigns like Velcro™.   The lies of Mitt Romney’s campaign were highlights of Election Night coverage on all of the major networks.  

 

Meltem Arikan is changing the face of theatre forever!  Her new play, Mi Minor, features online players globally in a role-playing game (#RPG) throughout the performance.  Mi Minor is a play set in a freedom-in-a-box country, Pinima. The moment you enter ‘the playground’ you also enter Pinima. Pinima is a country where, despite being a democracy, everything is decided by the President (one man, one vote).  The smart, handsome President is also the candidate of both parties in the forthcoming presidential elections.  

 

Since the treble sounds of her piano are forbidden in Pinima, The Pianist, with other musicians who join her, introduces you to a completely different theatrical performance. Through social media, the Pianist and her team broadcast live all the country’s affairs to the world. The moment the Mi Minor performance starts it can be followed on Twitter live from anywhere in the world using #miminor and @MiMinorPianist, with digital actors and a worldwide Twitter audience also able to participate. Accomplished Turkish Actor Memet Ali Alabora plays the handsome President, and Pınar Öğün (famous for her role as Türkan Saylan in the 26-episode series “Türkan”) is playing The Pianist.  Mi Minor performances can be found on the web site.   Premier is scheduled for December 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EST (9:00 p.m. in Istanbul).  


Skip Conover is an international businessman, author and artist. He is a Founder of the Archetype in Action™ Organization.  You can follow him and his work on Twitter using @skip_conover or on Pinterest.