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|fullname = fnord|alias = "fnords"
 
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"the fnords"|origin = ''The Illuminatus! Trilogy''|creation = Operation Mindfuck|location = In all mass media, save for advertisements|users = The Illuminati|usage/powers = Upon reading the word one instinctively feels fear and confusion, and immediately forgets that he or she has read the word, associating the feeling with whatever else is written nearby|purposes = To control the population|type of villainous item = Post-hypnotic semantic trigger}}
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"the fnords"|origin = ''The Illuminatus! Trilogy''|creation = Operation Mindfuck|location = In all mass media, save for advertisements|users = The Illuminati|usage/powers = Upon reading the word one instinctively feels fear and confusion, and immediately forgets that he or she has read the word, associating the feeling with whatever else is written nearby|purposes = To control the population|type of villainous item = Post-hypnotic semantic trigger|status = Active}}
 
{{Quote|Brace yourself, Joe. Worse attacks on your Reason are coming along. Soon, you'll see the fnords.|Illuminatus!, Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid}}
 
{{Quote|Brace yourself, Joe. Worse attacks on your Reason are coming along. Soon, you'll see the fnords.|Illuminatus!, Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid}}
   
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Fnords—occurrences of the word "fnord"—are scattered liberally in the text of newspapers and magazines, causing fear and anxiety in those following current events. However, there are no fnords in the advertisements, encouraging a consumerist society. The exclusion of the text from rational consciousness also enables the Illuminati to publish messages to each other in newspapers, etc., without fear that other people will be aware of them.
 
Fnords—occurrences of the word "fnord"—are scattered liberally in the text of newspapers and magazines, causing fear and anxiety in those following current events. However, there are no fnords in the advertisements, encouraging a consumerist society. The exclusion of the text from rational consciousness also enables the Illuminati to publish messages to each other in newspapers, etc., without fear that other people will be aware of them.
   
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Those who have been guided towards enlightenment by the Illuminati or by other secret societies such as the Legion of Dynamic Discord often overcome their conditioning and become able to see the fnords again, and "seeing the fnords" is treated as a significant milestone on the path to enlightenment. This doesn't necessarily prevent them from triggering a negative emotional response, but does enable the enlightened reader to correctly attribute this reaction to the fnords themselves rather than the adjacent information, limiting the power the word has over them. For this reason, the Legion of Dynamic Discord bowlderizes the fnords from most of the documents in their possession for the comfort of their enlightened members.
==Joe Malik sees the fnords==
 
''“Very nice,” I said. “But why did you bring me up here?”''</p>
 
   
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Because most people cannot see the fnords, those who overcome their conditioning on their own are frequently dismissed as insane or on drugs.
''“It’s time for you to see the fnords,” he replied. Then I woke up in bed and it was the next morning. I made breakfast in a pretty nasty mood, wondering if I’d seen the fnords, whatever the hell they were, in the hours he had blacked out, or if I would see them as soon as I went out into the street. I had some pretty gruesome ideas about them, I must admit. Creatures with three eyes and tentacles, survivors from Atlantis, who walked among us, invisible due to some form of mind shield, and did hideous work for the Illuminati. It was unnerving to contemplate, and I finally gave in to my fears and peeked out the window, thinking it might be better to see them from a distance first.''</p>
 
   
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=== Known individuals who can see the fnords: ===
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">''Nothing. Just ordinary sleepy people, heading for their buses and subways.''</p>
 
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* Hagbard Celine
 
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* Joe Malik
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">''That calmed me a little, so I set out the toast and coffee and fetched the'' New York Times ''from the hallway. I turned the radio to WBAI and caught some good Vivaldi, sat down, grabbed a piece of toast and started skimming the first page.''</p>
 
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* Saul Goodman
 
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* Barney Muldoon
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">''Then I saw the fnords.''</p>
 
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* Professor Joshua N. Marsh
 
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* John Dillinger
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">''The feature story involved another of the endless squabbles between Russia and the U.S. in the UN General Assembly, and after each direct quote from the Russian delegate I read a quite distinct “Fnord!” The second lead was about a debate in Congress on getting the troops out of Costa Rica; every argument presented by Senator Bacon was followed by another “Fnord!” At the bottom of the page was a Times depth-type study of the growing pollution problem and the increasing use of gas masks among New Yorkers; the most distressing chemical facts were interpolated with more “Fnords.”''</p>
 
 
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">''Suddenly I saw Hagbard’s eyes burning into me and heard his voice: “Your heart will remain calm. Your adrenalin gland will remain calm. Calm, all-over calm. You will not panic. You will look at the fnord and see it. You will not evade it or black it out. You will stay calm and face it.” And further back, way back: my first-grade teacher writing FNORD on the blackboard, while a wheel with a spiral design turned and turned on his desk, turned and turned, and his voice droned on, IF YOU DON’T SEE THE FNORD IT CAN’T EAT YOU, DON’T SEE THE FNORD, DON’T SEE THE FNORD . . .''</p>
 
 
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">''The brilliance of the fnord is its very invisibility. Children are taught from birth by their Illuminati overlords to not-see them. (In fact, fnord itself is a stand-in as no one is able to recognize the actual name.) The non-element, even while rendered invisible by the reader’s own mind, is still read. Erasing its visibility sublimates the function of the typography. Through powerful associations embedded in the subconscious mind of the reader, the fnord triggers a vague but visceral feeling of dread and confusion that shades the rational consideration of the text. Fnords purportedly riddle the texts of every book, newpaper and magazine, thereby linking all information with sensations of fear and uncertainty:''</p>
 
 
<p style="padding-left: 30px;">''This was one step beyond Pavlov, I realized. The first conditioned reflex was to experience the panic reaction (the activation syndrome, it’s technically called) whenever encountering the word “fnord.” The second conditioned reflex was to black out what happened, including the word itself, and just to feel a general low-grade emergency without knowing why. And the third step, of course, was to attribute this anxiety to the news stories, which were bad enough in themselves anyway. Of course, the essence of control is fear. The fnords produced a whole population walking around in chronic low-grade emergency, tormented.''</p>
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
* It is implied in the books that "''fnord"'' is not the actual word used for this task, but merely a substitute, since most readers would be unable to see the actual word.
 
* It is implied in the books that "''fnord"'' is not the actual word used for this task, but merely a substitute, since most readers would be unable to see the actual word.
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* Since the effects of fnords are the result of mass conditioning and not anything inherent to the word itself, it can be assumed that anyone who never attended school and was not exposed to any educational materials growing up (or who finished their schooling before Operation Mindfuck began) would likely be immune, seeing it only as a nonsense word that keeps turning up in odd places.
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* Though greatly expanded upon and popularized by ''The Illuminatus! Trilogy'', the concept of fnords originates in the Principia Discordia<ref>https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tilt/principia/body.html</ref>, central text of the semi-parodic Discordian religion, whose mythology the novel draws heavily upon.
 
* If you can't see the fnord, it can't eat you
 
* If you can't see the fnord, it can't eat you
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* The fnords can be considered a form of [[Subliminal Messages]]. In particular, they greatly resemble the subliminal messages appearing in John Carpenter's 1988 film ''They Live!'', which are also hidden in plain sight throughout all mass media by conditioning the populace not to see them (albeit via a high tech mind control relay rather than classical conditioning) and used to sow fear, confusion, and consumerism.
* The fnords can be considered a form of [[Subliminal Messages]]
 
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== REferences ==
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Revision as of 22:59, 3 October 2018

Brace yourself, Joe. Worse attacks on your Reason are coming along. Soon, you'll see the fnords.
~ Illuminatus!, Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid

In Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's novel The Illuminatus! Trilogy, the interjection "fnord" is given hypnotic power over the unenlightened. Under the Illuminati program, children in grade school are taught to be unable to consciously see the word "fnord". For the rest of their lives, every appearance of the word subconsciously generates a feeling of unease and confusion, and prevents rational consideration of the text it appears in. The uneasiness and confusion create a perpetual low-grade state of fear in the populace. The government acts on the premise that a fearful populace keeps them in power.

Fnords—occurrences of the word "fnord"—are scattered liberally in the text of newspapers and magazines, causing fear and anxiety in those following current events. However, there are no fnords in the advertisements, encouraging a consumerist society. The exclusion of the text from rational consciousness also enables the Illuminati to publish messages to each other in newspapers, etc., without fear that other people will be aware of them.

Those who have been guided towards enlightenment by the Illuminati or by other secret societies such as the Legion of Dynamic Discord often overcome their conditioning and become able to see the fnords again, and "seeing the fnords" is treated as a significant milestone on the path to enlightenment. This doesn't necessarily prevent them from triggering a negative emotional response, but does enable the enlightened reader to correctly attribute this reaction to the fnords themselves rather than the adjacent information, limiting the power the word has over them. For this reason, the Legion of Dynamic Discord bowlderizes the fnords from most of the documents in their possession for the comfort of their enlightened members.

Because most people cannot see the fnords, those who overcome their conditioning on their own are frequently dismissed as insane or on drugs.

Known individuals who can see the fnords:

  • Hagbard Celine
  • Joe Malik
  • Saul Goodman
  • Barney Muldoon
  • Professor Joshua N. Marsh
  • John Dillinger

Trivia

  • It is implied in the books that "fnord" is not the actual word used for this task, but merely a substitute, since most readers would be unable to see the actual word.
  • Since the effects of fnords are the result of mass conditioning and not anything inherent to the word itself, it can be assumed that anyone who never attended school and was not exposed to any educational materials growing up (or who finished their schooling before Operation Mindfuck began) would likely be immune, seeing it only as a nonsense word that keeps turning up in odd places.
  • Though greatly expanded upon and popularized by The Illuminatus! Trilogy, the concept of fnords originates in the Principia Discordia[1], central text of the semi-parodic Discordian religion, whose mythology the novel draws heavily upon.
  • If you can't see the fnord, it can't eat you
  • The fnords can be considered a form of Subliminal Messages. In particular, they greatly resemble the subliminal messages appearing in John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live!, which are also hidden in plain sight throughout all mass media by conditioning the populace not to see them (albeit via a high tech mind control relay rather than classical conditioning) and used to sow fear, confusion, and consumerism.

REferences