I get your point. While what you are saying might be true, I think you are reading too much into it.
Altho it is not my profession I have an education in journalism. They have what is called a style book: http://www.apstylebook.com/
With language, especially English there are often several ways to skin a cat. So a style book sets what is considered standard if, say, your newspaprer is a member of the Associated Press. Just as an example--and I admit it is not a very good one--do we spell it color or colour? The Stylebook says, OK, we're always going to spell it color. That is the AP style so that all AP members are consistent.
So someone decided that the media will consistently spell it Osama. Even if they chose that over Usama because of USA in the name doesn't bother me in the least. How is that going to condition us? It's not hiding anything.
In fact I remember very well a short piece on TV about different spellings of the name. I may be wrong, but I think it may also be spelled with a Q instead of an O or U. That info came from the press. And not only the FBI, but also the Defense Department uses the U spelling: http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/12/13/tape.transcript/
Don't you think the DOD would be more likely to want to censor our perceptions?
I know you're on a kick about conditioning and consumerism and I actually agree with a lot of it. I really dislike how consumerism drives the US, and to some extent, the world economy at the high levels they are at now. And the way the internet is becoming one big marketing tool.
We get conditioned in all sorts of ways, not all of it bad. Sure the marketers and governmental lobbyists are going to try to bend your perceptions in order to get you to consume their goods and services. That's what their game is all about.
I just get the feeling you think everyone is victimized by conditioning and have no choice in the matter. Everyone is just a malleable lump of clay. That there are no independent thinkers. Well, I'm here to tell you that I for one am a GDI, and I know there are others out there.
There are worrying trends out there in this regard, but you know it is hard to not participate at least some on both sides. You can't really get around consuming something and there are many times that it is beneficial to conform. Just don't be obsessed with it.
I do worry that the younger generation is obsessed by consumerism and seem to want to be conformists more than those of us that have been around for about a half century or so. But that attitude of worry of the older generation has been around since ancient times. Youngsters always seem to do OK if they survive their childhood and mature. You can't really put any generation or set of people in a pigeonhole. Independance is addictive and will out. The percentages just may be a little lower now.