People are smarter than we give them credit for yet can become stupid when found in groups of three or more.
[that’s one of my ‘people rules’. Figured that one out in elementary school, and the rule has never let me down]
True. Also, when three are talking at once, they may not assign a leader, but they are likely to resort to the lowest intelligence they have in common.
Think: adolescence and groups of three.
A related rule, one that isn’t mine: A group of people may not assign a leader, but they will always find someone to pick on.
“mob mentality” doesn’t require a leader: just monkey-see, monkey-do, as the expression goes.
Sometimes. Sometimes the originator is anonymous though. One says it, another repeats it a little louder, then others a little louder, next thing you know everybody is chanting it, and nobody knows who started it.
This is very common in sports arenas.
“That is not a leader though, that is a prime mover. The intellectual of the crowd.
The leader could change the slogan at will, the prime mover can’t.
When there is no leader, the slogan is the leader.” John L.
That right there explains the power of Media. A single headline can change public opinion in a second.