In ‘Revolution 2.0’ Ghonim says ‘The weapon of fear that the security apparatus had used for decades had worked on previous generations, but it was becoming clear it would no longer work with younger Egyptians’. This got me thinking about the use of fear in society and it reminded me of a man my mum is really into. He is a doctor (I think) who posts about natural cures and society wide myths about health. One talk he did was about how big pharma and such like use fear to control society. There are often huge panics in society with the answers resulting in a lot of money for big companies. Take terrorist attacks resulting in people having to give up their information and weapons companies getting a huge profit boost.
Here’s that talk on youtube but i recommend some of his other ones. He explains the human body in basic terms and also often goes on interesting rants about healthcare.