So, here are some links/videos to keep you entertained:
Would you Support the Best Part? Excerpt:
“No one has to be afraid of the Best Party,” he said, “because it is…the best party. If it wasn’t, it would be called the Worst Party or the Bad Party. We would never work with a party like that.”
Derren Brown: Subliminal Advertising
This, by the way, was used as inspiration for the con in Leverage 3×02.
If you want something to read that’ll take you a while, check out the GalCiv 2 War Report at CVG. Excerpt:
At one point I declared war on the most powerful race in the game in the same turn that my only military craft was destroyed. A few dozen turns later, they were requesting negotiations for peace. I charged them 8,962 billion credits and every technology they had for the privelege, then declared war on them again. That time, pretty much everyone rallied to their defense – but what did I care? I had the largest military in the galaxy and nearly ten trillion credits to expand it with.
How about another video? Derren Brown Controls Mall Visitors:
My plan, based mostly on what I’ve read about how Culture works on forums, is to smother them with a sort of cultural ‘hug’. Before they’ve got a military together, their people become so dependent on your TV shows, fancy clothing or religion that they care more about your society than that of their own government, and the whole planet converts to your side.
There may or may not be more links in the future.