Presidential dog “Bo Obama
Obama’s Change: More Tyranny and Oppression
In January of 2009, as the American economy teetered on the brink of economic collapse, the most prominent story within the mainstream media, called “the greatest mystery since Watergate,” was the selection of the Obama family pet. With the election of Barak Obama, many Americans, relieved that “change” was on the way, focused their attention on such trivial matters as the Presidential dog rather than the state of continual economic decline within our country. This phenomenon came on the heels of a successful election campaign where Americans were sold the Obama brand through terrific marketing and public relations. Everyone was buying “hope” and “change” with not only their votes but with their time and energy. The Obama campaign recruited well over 2 million volunteers, a number unprecedented by any other election campaign within US history. Before Obama even won the election, he seemed to be assigned Messianic status, normally associated with royalty and totalitarian leaders. As part of his public relations campaign, celebrities openly pledged “service” to the Obama administration and asked Americans to also become “agents of change.”
Although Obama was to be the administrator of change, much of what his administration would bring would be more of the same. The democratic presidential elect was expected to reverse the assaults to the constitution that occurred over the previous eight years under the republican president. However, under the Obama Administration, warrantless wiretapping, secret arrests, indefinite detention of citizens, and the use of torture have all been expanded. The Obama administration effectively expanded the gains of tyranny and oppression achieved by the previous administration. Obama supported the Banker Bailout allowing bankers to make off with trillions in taxpayer’s money, bankrupting the future of our country for generations to come. His administration doled out taxpayers’ money to Wall Street, causing rampant inflation, a lowering of living standards and the destruction of the dollar. An engineered deconstruction of the economy is occurring; our manufacturing industry, civil liberties, and monetary foundations are all rapidly eroding. America has been reduced from an industrial economy to a service economy selling the goods of other nations.
Within his election campaign, Obama made a number of promises that would soon be broken. Among these, he pledged to end NAFTA and GATT but once in office expanded both. He promised to have the most transparent administration ever but instead many aspects of his presidency have been cloaked in secrecy. Obama’s first official act as president was to seal the release of his personal records with an executive order. He made the names of visitors to the White House private, protecting the identity of those who visit and may influence policy decisions. Obama, a constitutional lawyer, stated that he would not control congress with signing statements the way that his predecessor had. However, Obama has used signing statements on several occasions to manipulate legislation passed by Congress. Since his executive order imposing a two-year waiting period for lobbyists entering his administration, more than 40 ex-lobbyists have populated top jobs in the administration. Obama pledged to wait five days before signing bills passed by Congress to allow review by the public. Since Obama’s election, bills have been rushed through congress and voted on before anyone has an opportunity to read them. Congress was given less than an hour to read the revisions to the 1,070 page Stimulus Bill. Obama stated the Stimulus Bill was so urgent that it had to be passed before Congress could read it. The anti-war candidate in the 2008 election, Obama has extended the war and increased the number of troops involved while also expanding the defense budget. He promised to abolish the Patriot Act only to reinstate it while continuing the Bush administration’s policy of rendition, the arrest of any citizen labeled an “enemy combatant,” and the indefinite detention of citizens without any evidence of crime.
In 1787, at the close of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what type of government the Constitution was bringing into existence. Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” A republic, a form of government ruled by law, provides for the limitation of government and the protection of the rights of the people. Over the last 50 years, the government system of the US and several other countries has transformed into an oligarchy, rule by a small group of individuals who essentially obtain their power by buying it. Donors of the Obama campaign were a Who’s Who of multinational corporations, Wall Street interests, and banks. The influence that these high-level campaign contributors have on legislators and the president shapes the law of the country and the flow of taxpayers’ dollars. The powerful few shape the minds of the public through the use of covert public relations techniques disseminated by the mass media so that few citizens are aware of the role these individuals play in shaping the situation of us all.
Continue Reading Here:
*Insert audio article here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOasa4NlxEg&feature=player_embedded
Eternal Vigilance: The Cost of Freedom
“Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so.” Bertrand Russell, 20th Century Philosopher & Nobel Prize Winner
The most widespread form of slavery today is of the mind. Individuals are controlled and managed by the Establishment on a level that can be hard to recognize. Disinformation is continuously spread by the mass media. Children are schooled by the State yet never receive education. The traditional family is in danger of extinction. Our food and water is full of toxins. We have adapted to incremental changes that amount to significant threats to our personal freedoms, independent thoughts, and quality of life. Largely, the public has become sick and dumb. Our country is in a state of crisis.
The Establishment has colluded to sabotage education in America, producing a population that is unable to think critically and logically. Children are indoctrinated through schooling, trained not to question authority, and rewarded for competing with their peers and doing exactly as they are told. With the prevalence of after and before school programs, many children are now spending up to 12 hours a day at school. Children are taught disrespect for family, and the mind and character of the child is overwhelmingly influenced by the State. The Establishment is controlling tomorrow by schooling the youth of today.
Sexual education classes are often taught before children have even reached puberty. We live in a culture that is ever increasingly encouraging children to have pre-pubertal sex. Children over stimulated sexually before puberty are likely to become hyper-sexualized adults unable to deeply bond with another person. The ‘entertainment’ industry is constantly sending the message of promiscuity through movies and television that capture an audience of young viewers. According to Nielsen television statistics, ‘Desperate Housewives’ was the most popular television show with girls aged 9-12 in 2005. Even the United Nations pushes the agenda, advocating masturbation for children as young as 5 years old in a 2009 report titled “International Guidelines for Sexuality Education.”
Culture is being used as a weapon against the traditional family. The media continuously portrays fathers as pathetic fools celebrated for their stupidity rather than for moral strength and integrity. Women have been portrayed as independent career focused self-obsessed individuals who are sexually aggressive and promiscuous. An atmosphere has been created where breast-feeding is seen as obscene but women are expected and encouraged to expose their breasts in a sexual nature. Clearly excluded from this image are family values and the raising of children. Instead of surrounding the family dinner table for meals and discussions, we surround the television each evening, absorbing the views and ideas it promotes.
-Continue Reading Here: http://pupaganda.com/originals/Erternal_vigilance.html
Activist are encouraged to take the PDF above to Kinko’s/Staples to get their print outs made by a laser printer (Inkjet prints will bleed). Thick paper or cardstock works very well also.
An audio version of the article “Unplug the Signal: The Truth Will not be Televised” has been released by activist artist Nathan Janes. The article is part of a campaign to address the use of television as a weapon of mass deception for the last half a century. Janes hopes that the audio version of his article will allow the growing number of those hard of reading to be exposed to the pressing message. Janes has declared Unplugging the Signal to be of urgent concern for the television remains our greatest threat to individual sovereignty and the largest obstacle to becoming a truly informed individual.
A flow of information is constantly streaming from the television set; a bombardment of words and pictures. The speed at which this information is communicated makes it easy for the signal to take control, switching the viewer’s brain to stand-by as information is absorbed without analysis or question. Today the television’s constant signal shapes the conclusions of the masses and produces the collective norm. The signal prescribes what is news and what is truth through the words of so-called experts and authorities, gelding the consciousness and independent thoughts of those subjected to it. Through television, the masses can be made to accept the most monstrous distortions of reality. The signal is a chill wind of continuous oppression over the minds of the masses. It controls the management of society and culture, creating uniformity across all subjects.
The fuel for this vehicle of mass deception is a technique known as perception management where an array of psychological techniques are used to alter the truth, leading the viewer to a desired conclusion. Some call this spin or propaganda while others know it as lying. According to Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister for Adolph Hitler, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it… It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Most of what can be found on the nightly news is nothing but advertisements selling more government and a false reality that benefits only those in control. Television is the dictator of information; newspaper and radio are the whisper campaign of the television’s message.
It is expected that Americans will consistently prescribe to the doctrine of the television. It is subtly communicated that one should stay within the collective and never challenge the message, for doing so may be considered an aggression towards culture. The message is, “Be a good consumer; always obey authority; you know nothing; listen only to experts; be content and never question or express new ideas.” This signal is being broadcast across millions of screens, indoctrinating the unconscious minds of those who choose this as their only reality. Self-censorship occurs when these individuals become so deeply indoctrinated that they are afraid to discuss any information outside the paradigm of television-created culture; they police their thoughts to ensure they won’t conflict with this culture. Sadly, many people’s reality today does not allow any outside information to process, instead it is written off as conspiracy or blatant lies. Our consciousness has been destroyed so much that fiction has become reality. An entire lifestyle of poisonous foods, pharmaceuticals, and fluoridated water are accepted as safe and sold to us at the cost of our health and well being.
Those of the establishment are using the incredibly powerful weapon of mass psychology as a method of controlling the minds of the masses and altering the behavior of individuals. Edward Bernays, a pioneer in the field of public relations in the 20th century, applied Sigmund Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis to manipulate the masses by engineering consent. According to Bernays, “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.” Advertisers and psychologists of the billion dollar culture creation industry manufacture trends through the proliferation of insecurities; and manipulating desires and emotions. These concepts are also employed to control how individuals think about politics, as well as the possibilities and limitations within society. Those welding power within our streams of mass communication market their plans into each generation as individuals adopt specific ways of thinking and never suspect that all the major events and trends within their lifetime are actually planned by an elite few before they are even born. In our society today, culture is created from the top down. Virtually all forms of culture are created by the ruling class to build a false sense of reality, ensure social compliance, and control the future course of cultural evolution.
Predictive programming is a tool used by the establishment to acclimate the public to new ideas, trends, beliefs, and threats. It is used through television by including certain situations or ideas within the plots of many fictional shows, familiarizing the viewer with these concepts no matter what they may be watching. When similar situations occur or like ideas are circulated in the world we think that these particular things are quite natural for we have unknowingly been made familiar with them through television. By viewing nearly any popular show on television, one can see the same propaganda that will be aired on the nightly news. Propaganda on a wide array of subjects has been interwoven into a great number of television shows. Just a few of these subjects include global warming, vaccinations, torture, terrorism, national security, the militarization of police, and the degradation of the family unit. Through predictive programming, television shapes culture and prevents individuals from asking questions.
Crisis’ are created on a daily basis and broadcast across the airwaves to keep individuals in a state of panic and fear. Whether it be the threat of a pandemic or terrorism, the constant state of crisis has created a form of mental illness as we are slowly acclimated into an age of crisis. By using Hegelian dialectic, the television promotes the problem, guides our reaction, and presents the solution. The problem of terrorism was exclaimed, a strong emotional response was evoked, and it was stated that our rights need be sacrificed in order to protect us from the threat. We’ve lost personal sovereignty under the guise of terrorism; we’re stopped and searched; we’re watched by cameras as we go about our lives; and we’re encouraged to spy on our neighbors. We have been trained to accept the life of a prisoner.
America is in a state of enlightened despotism where most individuals live only to satisfy selfish inner desires and remain ignorant of the state of the world around them. In most public places one can find a television transmitting propaganda around the clock ensuring the masses remain focused on trivial matters. From birth we take the world as it’s presented on television. We don’t question it and any serious criticism of TV is becoming psychologically impossible in society. Who would suspect getting born into a world where everything around you is a continuous lie? The youth of today are convinced that the experts and personalities on television are the authority of credible information while parents and older generations are foolish with dated ideas. Children are conditioned to disconnect from what is truly important to their well being and instead focus on mindless trivia, sports, celebrity gossip, and buying an array of material things. They invest their psychological worth in fantasy characters on television while ignoring or even scorning individuals contributing to the betterment of humanity. They are discouraged from getting involved in their local community and often lack the ability to think independently or to resist corruption. As their children’s minds are molded by television, there is barely a murmur from the public.
For over half a century, our society has lived under this signal of mental programming and conditioning. The message is clear: don’t be a leader, don’t engage in critical thinking, and don’t care about the people in your life. Until individuals become aware of the current information war, our standard of living and our liberties will continue to be degraded and we will continue to lose communities and meaningful relationships between people. Currently, pockets of resistance are beginning to spring up everywhere as some unplug the signal and regain control of their own thoughts. Informed individuals are canceling their cable and satellite subscriptions and instead spending time with their families and children while participating in meaningful experiences. They are seeking alternative news sources. They are reading about those who weld incredible influence over culture like Edward Bernays, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Charles Galton Darwin, Plato, Bertrand Russell, and Aldous Huxley. However, it is a continuous battle to educate the masses for the television remains our greatest threat to individual sovereignty and the largest obstacle to becoming a truly informed individual. Fortunately, unplugging from the signal is easy. The television can simply be turned off. Through doing so, you may realize nearly our entire world is now a hoax; things once known as truth are fake. We have been trained like dogs to be obedient to our television; our master has had our minds on a tight leash. Let us never forget the truth will not be televised.
The “Unplug the Signal” symbol can be used to create an awareness of the television’s role in restricting information and controlling the masses. Help spread this symbol and it’s message not simply over the Internet but into the streets, homes, and businesses across the globe. Help others take back their minds. Activists please download the “Unplug the Signal” designs and make posters, stickers, magnets, and flyers. Include them with any informational DVDs that you distribute to your family, friends, and community.
Please send photos of your postings to firstname.lastname@example.org and they may be considered for inclusion in his future book.
Uncle Sam was created as a symbol of the United States representing the ideals of freedom, equality, and justice. Although this symbol has been a patriotic representation for over 150 years, Uncle Sam cannot stand as a fair symbol of our nation any longer. With recent attacks to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, citizens’ rights have been eroded. If this long time representative of our nation could speak to us today perhaps he would remind us that our constitution gives us unalienable rights from the creator to the individual and can not under any circumstance be surrendered or taken.
Contrary to the common misconception, the United States is a constitutional republic and not a democracy. In a republic, the sovereignty resides with the people themselves and one may act on his own or through his representatives when he chooses to confront a problem. The people have no obligation to the government; instead, the government is a servant of the people. Since September 11, 2001 we have been witnessing the destruction of our republic. Congress is gradually dismantling the Bill of Rights and the Constitution with the strong influence of the two most recent presidents. The public is distracted by a left/right paradigm that is controlled by the establishment. While the public is busy criticizing those on the other side of the paradigm, the establishment’s power grab goes unchecked and our constitutional rights are further eroded. In this way national sovereignty and the freedom of individuals is being destroyed.
On October 26, 2001, American citizens’ right to privacy ended with the passage of the Patriot Act. Of the 435 US Representatives, the Patriot Act was read by no one before it was voted on and passed, a violation of the Representatives’ oath of office. The 342 paged bill allows for violations to citizens’ rights including the search of home and property without knowledge or consent of the citizen, known as “sneak and peek” spying. Also permitted by the bill is the indefinite imprisonment of any citizen without due process, access to the courts, or the counsel of a lawyer. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now able to obtain records from businesses, hospitals, bookstores, and libraries for any reason and can search phone, email, and financial records without a court order.
Since the passing of the Patriot Act, a number of bills have been initiated and passed by Congress, which further violate citizens’ liberties. The Military Commissions Act of October 17, 2006 assigns dictatorial powers to the president while stripping citizens of the right to habeas corpus. The John Warner National Defense Act empowers military troops to police within US cities during emergency situations to suppress public disorder and dissent, a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. The US has also engaged in torture, initiated undeclared wars, built FEMA camps that closely resemble concentration camps, encouraged the public to spy on each other, and committed several other acts that allow the government to have increased control over the lives of its citizens.
A number of groups and individuals constitute the establishment or ruling class elite and weld enormous influence over our country’s policy makers. Our government servants are constantly changing laws to favor and protect global banks. While the Constitution is being destroyed, these global bankers are committing financial terrorism. The private banking cartel of the Federal Reserve has been all but openly permitted to bankrupt our country and destroy our wealth, setting up the need for a global currency. The multinational corporations as well as the technocrats of large foundations and other non-governmental organizations lobby congress with a large degree of influence as well. Seldom is it the voice of ordinary citizens the shapes the actions and opinions of our representatives in congress.
From the influence of the global powers and ruling establishment a new world order is emerging. Once only recognized by the media as mere conspiracy, it is now considered a reality as hundreds of articles across the world address this issue on a weekly basis. The standardization of one system of government throughout the world is steadily being introduced as we come into the Age of World Managers. If you look at the charter and mandate of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, you will see that the future they envision is a world of service. According to these documents, every individual’s only purpose will be to serve the world state. We are living through a cultural revolution right now that is transitioning us into a world system.
The major media plays a significant role in forming social opinion as it relates to global and national events. Many people’s thoughts and opinions are chiefly shaped by what they view on television. These individuals have been trained not to look at the obvious but only at what is presented to them. This country has fallen victim to a form of psychic tyranny, where we have become mind slaves of major media mainly through the use of television. If you study Stalin you will see how those in power know that the masses can be strongly influenced by repetition. The media bombards the public with repetition of certain thoughts or opinions and individuals slowly start to adopt these thoughts and opinions as their own. Lenin once said, “We shall conquer the world by the use of slogans.” President Obama was elected on an array of slogans one of which was taken from a children’s cartoon, “Yes We Can.”
Our culture, created mainly by the mass media, has trained the public to be docile and apathetic. The people of the US have become conditioned to accept what is presented to them; they are kept in a state of ignorance as to the true on goings of our government. Rather than trust themselves, many people will only shape their opinions from those who are presented as experts or authority figures in the mass media. In this way the US resembles the beginnings of a scientific dictatorship- a managed society ruled by the intellectual elite. It will be through the use of slogans and scientific experts that the new world order will be ushered in; the establishment is ensuring a smooth transition to a global system without significant opposition from the people.
Public relations pioneer Edward Bernays wrote in his 1928 book, “Propaganda”, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country…” Everyday it grows more evident that we do not control the government; the government is controlled by the global elite who are increasingly managing the people. Our nation is becoming something that we have long fought against. A repressive society has been created within this once great nation and “we the people” are unwittingly becoming serfs to our own public servants. Their objective to rule rests in the annihilation of our consciousness as they create a state of learned helplessness among the masses. If we don’t wake up and become conscious of where our country is heading, we may soon find ourselves in a world resembling a prison planet of total centralized control where all our freedoms are taken away for our supposed security. It’s time for people to start being individuals and to create independent thought. Since 2001, government officials have repeatedly said, “Terrorists hate us for our freedom.” Now it is clear that the true terrorists are the ruling establishment working through those who are elected to represent and serve the people.
by: Aaron Franz
written for PUPAGANDA.com
Visual symbols represent a language of their own. The most powerful symbols are ironically the most common things in our daily lives, those things that we all too often take for granted. All of the basic things that we see on an everyday basis have the most influence over our lives, both physically and mentally. Images of the sun, moon, food, and water have always been potent symbols within the “ancient mysteries.” Anyone who is wise enough to understand the importance of the basic elements of life can use them as symbols to influence the minds of other people. Life can be interpreted in any number of ways, and the most popular interpretation on any given day has everything to do with the deliberate use of symbols by an “intellectual elite.” Throughout the ages this has been the case. Within “civilized” society there has always been a priest class who understands the power of symbols, and has used that power to guide the minds of the masses.
One very powerful symbol that we have taken for granted is that of the dog. Dogs have become another “normal” part of our everyday lives that we unfortunately take for granted. However, in the ancient language of symbolism dogs are very important symbols of duality. Their very nature is twofold: one part wild beast, and one part domesticated animal. By the hand of man the dog was taken out of the wild natural kingdom and brought into civilized society. The taming of nature is a very important aspect of the so called “great work” of secret societies. The domestication of wild animals is representative of the power to mold and shape nature according to the will.
As a symbol of duality the dog is said to have the power to walk within “two worlds.” Because of this they are often depicted as guardians at the gates which stand between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Dogs are often shown accompanying souls traveling from life to afterlife. In ancient Egypt, Anubis was the dog-headed god of the dead. He played the role of guardian and caretaker of those who travelled from one world to the next. Anyone who is at all familiar with the “ancient mysteries” understands that death and rebirth rituals are extremely important. The philosophical ramifications of this process are far-reaching, and it is important to understand that dogs play an important symbolic role within this mystic rite of passage. Another dog from ancient mythology is Cerberus, the three headed dog which guards the entrance to Hades. He lets souls travel to the “underworld” freely, but does not allow them to come back out. Cerberus represents one of the more fearsome depictions of dogs as well as death itself. It is exactly this “dark” side to death which is again displayed in the Christian belief in Hell. As a high mystery which has forever captured the imagination of man, death is forever to be depicted through the powerful language of symbology. The prominent view on life and afterlife in any given age has everything to do with the specific use of symbols.
Life/death, day/night, light/dark, good/evil are all ways of expressing duality. The dual nature of man has been depicted over and over again through the use of many powerful symbols. The dog symbol, if it is to be understood completely, must be viewed in this context. The dog is actually a symbol of man himself. The dual nature of man can be understood by the classic struggle between good and evil that takes place within our own minds. This dual nature has been symbolized by the dog. The dog is one part wild beast, and one part domesticated animal. The unpredictable wild beast is symbolic of the “emotional body” within the soul of man. It is exactly this chaos which is to be tamed by civilized society. The “rational” aspect of man understands the need for “civilized” life, and can thus act appropriately. When he makes the choice to deny his “animal instincts” he rises above the state of natural chaos, and walks into the order of civilized society. To overcome the dark/ evil chaos of our natural emotions is equivalent to the triumph of good over evil. Our emotions are considered to be the base level function of our own minds. Anyone who is a “slave” to their emotional body is viewed with contempt by those high level initiates within the secret societies who have symbolically overcome their own base nature and “risen” into the light. This light is symbolic of the intellect itself. This is why there is an “intellectual elite” who is in control of the rest of society. They believe that the mass of the population is unable to rise above their most basic reactionary level of thinking, and therefore must be led by those who have been “raised.” Because most people are unable to use their intellect, they must be trained like dogs by those who can use their “higher” brain functions. This is the meaning of “order out of chaos.” The taming of nature by those who are wise.
Within the mystery school itself, the dog is a symbol of the perfect disciple. The neophyte must be completely obedient to his master. By taking orders without question he is eventually brought into the “light.” Total obedience is required to learn the ways of the order. It is very interesting to realize that the supposed “philosophical elect” only become enlightened by following strict orders. They aren’t allowed to succumb to the base level behavior of natural humans. In truth, they are not allowed to think for themselves, at least not at first. Ever wonder why FRATernal BROTHERhoods are so wild about humiliating initiation rituals? To become a god among men, you must first become a dog. It is by this process that the death and rebirth ritual can be played out by those who are worthy. To overcome duality is the ultimate goal of the ancient mysteries.
The artwork of Nathan Janes depicts dogs in strangely appropriate situations. Pieces such as “Total Indoctrination” show the dog as a symbol of the mass mind of society. By way of propaganda tools such as the television, the modern priest class controls the mass mind of society as a whole. The media purposely exploits our “lower nature” through the use of “programs” that target our emotions, desires, and survival instincts. The fact that people are compelled to watch such trite material is proof that they are no better than animals. Because of this we are trained like dogs to obey the rules set forth by those intelligent few who have the apparent right to guide us. This is the prevailing mindset of those who control the airwaves. We are being degraded, kicked, and beaten by our “owners.” Good people are enraged when they see someone abuse an animal. By analogy, these same people should be furious about the wide-scale abuse of the human population. The problem is that of perception itself. Because we do not recognize our own slavery, we are unable to do anything about it. We are living the lives of abused dogs, and we unfortunately feel powerless to do anything about it.
I commend Nathan Janes for recognizing this horrible abuse for what it is, and more importantly for making the decision to do something about it. By using the powerful symbol of the dog in a way which draws attention on our unfortunate situation he has taken us one step closer to actual freedom. The control of the mass mind of society is ancient, but so too is the desire to break free from the bonds of slavery. As good human beings we have the duty to recognize abuse for what it is, so that we may put an end to it. This is the true power of the mind. Please don’t take your own nature for granted, because when you do, someone else is free to use it for their own gain.
We are Living in an Artificially Induced State of Consciousness
Since its inception in American homes in the late 1930’s, television has essentially given America it’s culture. Today, television watching is the most popular leisure activity as more and more people are choosing the fantasy world of TV over engaging with others in real communication and experiences. Where people once wanted to explore the wonders of the world and nature, now many explore the world outside their homes only through what they view on television. Once a vast majority is living the same reality through television, then they are more predictable and easily managed. The television does an excellent job placing everyone that watches it on the same page, all sharing the same views, worries, interests, and idols.
Through the television, we are trained from birth to death as to what to believe. Many studies have demonstrated that the young unquestioningly accept whatever reality is presented by television. Impressionable children will often spend hours in front of the television each day as it is used as a trust worthy babysitter. As they sit down for their daily intake of cartoons, children’s programming and commercials, many parents fail to realize what lessons the television is teaching their children. And so culture and norms of behavior are often more strongly influenced by what is on television rather than by what parents are teaching children. The parents of today grew up in front of the television as well and so the television is not often questioned and instead accepted as a part of the family’s daily life. Children who grow up in front of the TV learn to arrange their lives around TV programming and will likely grow up to be adults who get their entertainment, news, and information from it.
Heavy television watching is culturally accepted and expected in our society. In fact, the act of not watching TV can actually offend some people. With the average American adult watching more than 4 hours of television each day, the television plays a major role in continually creating the reality in which we live. Those who create the television programming- the 6 corporations and little over 100 board members who control all American mass media outlets shape this reality. The interests of these corporations and those who lead them are to make money for both the media corporations and those corporations that the board members have special ties to. Rather than creating television shows that engages critical thinking and keeps Americans well informed on topics that may affect their well being, the TV causes us to see ourselves as consumers who need to be entertained. Television is creating a culture of occupied minds- an apathetic and passive population only interested in being entertained by mindless trivia with no interest in analyzing information and instead relying on the TV for all answers.
TV has lead us into a world controlled by science and run by experts. In predicting a “Scientific Dictatorship,” Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World and well known for his studies on the development of new techniques by which to control and direct human behavior, described a world run by experts, which isn’t hard to imagine when we’ve been trained through our television sets to always listen to experts. Major media promotes experts on just about every topic you can imagine while implying that the public is too dumb or uneducated to make their own decisions about such topics as vaccinations, financial management, and medical interventions. In this way, the television is creating in individuals a sense of learned helplessness, leaving us dependent on those given to us as experts to direct our decisions and actions.
The act of watching TV regularly is obedience to those in control. For total control in any system, everyone must be predictable. TV creates a collectivism society, where to be an individual is seen as an enemy to the peace within the collective society. Groupthink is essential in a society where everyone is to be controlled by those in power. Aldous Huxley once said, “It is possible to make people contented with their servitude. I think this can be done. I think it has been done in the past. I think it could be done even more effectively now because you can provide them with bread and circuses and you can provide them with endless amounts of distractions and propaganda.”