In past times, external use of power was more visibly known through public, and often brute and crude, displays and forms – such as public executions. Over time, power techniques have become more insidious as they have become non-visible.
Forms of power over the human
race have become increasingly woven into
general ways and structures of life. That is, they have become more seamless and are now often accepted as being a part of the
‘norm.’ External power is now connected with social regulation and the management of your societies_they form what are referred to as social engineering.
Some forms remain visible and more obvious; in this, they serve to function as known incentives to order and control. Yet the majority of power operates non-visibly. They are forms of coercion through willing subservience to controlling forces. As a general rule, people tend to be aware of, and focus on, the visible and the more obvious demonstrations of power.