A Zombie Nation….(bath salts not included)
Television viewing the world over is at an all-time high if one includes the following “three screens”: a television set, a laptop/personal computer, and a cell phone. British and American children now average eight hours a day on TV, video games, movies, the Internet, cell phones, iPods, and other technologies (not including school-related use)… the highest of any nation. (nielson studies have shown).
While many have become concerned over the years about the concentrated control of content by the corporate media, and “infotainmentation” and social media aspects that have crept into reporting, causing it in some aspects to be less hard hitting, more bipartisan and quick to cede to talking heads on many things is also an alarming trend.
It is important to remember that, it is but the mere act of watching TV—regardless of the programming that is the primary pacifying agent ( Take for example private-enterprise prisons. They have recognized that providing inmates with cable television can be a more economical method to keep them quiet and subdued than it would be to hire more guards).
Television is a dream come true for an authoritarian society: those with the most money own most of what people see, hear (and ultimately think) Fear-based television programming makes people more afraid and distrustful of one another, which is good for the ruling elite who depend on a “divide and conquer” strategy in many ways in order to keep what it is they already have.
TV isolates people so they are not joining together to create resistance to authorities; and regardless of the programming, TV viewers’ brainwaves slow down, transforming them closer to a hypnotic state that makes it difficult to think critically.
While playing video games is not as zombifying as passively viewing TV, such games have become for many boys and young men their only experience of potency, and this “virtual potency” is certainly no threat to the ruling elite. Indeed in some ways, when it comes to things such as war, the general population is becoming less and less connected to the whole idea of war. It is being fought somewhere out there, on my television screen (and brought to me just like a video game), by someone else. The connection one use to feel to such a thing (especially in many western nations), only hits home if someone whom the family knows comes home in a box. Otherwise, it is something we see on television.
Television can offer us many things and it does have the ability to inform, entertain and expand our thinking. The problem is that this type of high quality, in-depth and deep seeded thinking television does not often play well with the bottom line of the large companies that now control more and more and more of an ever shrinking pie of companies. Nor does it grab and hold the attention of a population with more and more choices, and less and less (seeming) desire to take the time to sit and… think.
The proliferation of our species through the massive amounts of information now available by many avenues at a moments notice has created an easily controllable splinter in our societies along fractured lines of thinking.
True (face to face, in real time) interaction and experience keeps our minds open to the real understanding that differences do exist… and cannot be shut out at the change of the channel, the click of a mouse or the flip of a page on ones tablet.
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