It is widely believed that Microsoft has become
the dominant force in desktop computing by the use of
anti-competitive practices, such as product tying, dumping
(e.g.: Internet Explorer), and strong-arming vendors. But what
if the truth is something even darker...
What if the Microsoft druids have been able to
practice a form of mind control known as "subliminal
influence"? Widely practiced by the highly successful alcohol
and cigarette companies, subliminal messages are thought to be
effective by many corporations, advertising agencies and
The goal of subliminal influence is to cause
people to act in certain ways unconsciously, without the use of
logical thought processes. Messages are flashed, sounds are
inserted, symbols are hidden and disguised--stimuli that is
just below the threshold of consciousness, yet still powerful
enough to evoke the base emotions of fear, power and sex.
Evidence has recently surfaced of MANY subliminal
messages embedded in Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system.
Perhaps Microsoft did not believe that enough people would buy
Windows 95 based on reason alone...