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The process was perfected in children's cartoon programmes, where obvious animation attached an extra layer to the "input". To detect its operation, the viewer would have to slow down the film so that the individual frames became visible for inspection. A more subtle, even more effective ploy was then discovered. Hypnosis in its advanced states sometimes employs a technique upon those with lower susceptibility to suggestion. It relies on confusing the subject by issuing conflicting commands or instructions in rapid succession.

But how could the film be brought to a close without all sense of reason and value dissolving like spirit-blended imperial gunpowder? SacrificeX. This brings the narrative to the heart of the film, for the group's inverted split-level experiment was dogged throughout the showings of the early film by sinister references and implications evocative of the time of ManLeader prototype. This ManLeader had demonstrated far more effectively than any other at 20:4&5 time that after years spent constructing the film our ManWerk species was hopelessly vulnerable to psychic attack.

Broadcast the scream. Parody the paradox. At last an attempt to confront the mediocrity. This was all very well in theory. The real difficulties began, as I said, when reality was quiet. Turning my attention to the more stagnant world around me, the kaleidoscope of scenes that had just confronted me started to assume a mythical distance between the presence and the occurrance. Many of the reactions around me had independently agreed that the group had played a vital role in the film, and that the power and movement was undeniable.

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