Is no one immune? Besides myself, I can categorically claim that NO one I know….doesn’t watch television. From the most programmed to the ‘enlightened’…they all claim that “well, I just have this one show that I watch”. I can see it on their faces. I hear it in their pre-fab prurient humor. I see it in how they choose to live their very lives. It is like the gambler that discovers ‘tells’. Once you see that your opponent at the poker table always unconsciously plays with the ring on his finger when he has a good hand, it sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb. This tv addict will even lie about his tv habit as do most drug addicts. Knowing that it is a mundane entertainment venue for the brain-dead, most will use the “I only watch…” phrase out of sheer guilt.
Now I am not here to foist any more guilt upon you. Because I know you are one of those lying addicts. But I am here to comment on your addiction. I will venture the following:
If no one ever watched television, culled their movie habits, and refused to read anything in the papers other than the weather report(and even those are suspect), most of the problems of our modern world would grind to a halt and vanish.
Pretty ridiculous, huh? Such a claim. What am I, nuts? Well, perhaps…but let’s examine my postulate.
From the above mentioned brain-dead to the enlightened, consider what they see as problems. Economics? War? Jobs? Crime? Politics?
Well, of course these categories have many sub-headings…but there are problems in our world that we all see and seemingly can’t fix. We know of these problems because they effect us personally in our everyday lives. Or do they? When is the last time a bunch of religious fanatics fired assault weapons at your house from the back of a Toyota pickup? You see it every day on tv. It must happen everywhere…and it must be stopped. If you join the army you can feel that you have had a hand in stopping it. How do you know this? Because you just minutes ago, saw a brave man in his dress military blues walking down the street of his home town while on leave, and all his friends and neighbors looking up to him in admiration. On TEEVEE. He must be doing the right thing with his life, AND he is getting paid for it.
Okay…okay. This is an extreme example. But what is it that is so difficult to understand about the glaring FACT that all media is propaganda packaged in puerile scat? ALL. Even that ‘one show’ that you watch is a fantasy. And not a good one.
I just watch this one show. “So you think you can dance”. I mean where is the harm? There was this one episode where this 8-year-old whose parents were in jail for something and he danced his heart out and I like voted for him like 17 times(you can do that…you can call in as many times as you want). And he won and now his parents are out of jail and he got a contract to dance on Broadway and I was part of his success.*
Are you serious? How can you live in this world of fantasy and still get through life? Well the answer to that is that you don’t. Get through life that is. You are being pulled through it by your nose.
I recently watched this film adaptation/condensation of Chris Hedges’ “Death of the Liberal Class”, called OBEY. This is to represent the views of possibly the most pro-active political thinker of our time. The man that sued O-bomb-a and actually won. The film pissed me off to no end. Besides being so gloom-and-doom that if one took it at face value, one would slit his wrists instantly…well, it and Hedges are SO right…and yet SO wrong.
There are two glaring ‘wrongs‘ that stick out like the above mentioned sensitive digits. One: not once in his book nor this film is even the suggestion to opt out of the medium by which the Corporate devil controls us all, mentioned. And two: the illusive perpetrators of the philosophy behind such Corpocracy remain unnamed as if they are just the ‘greedy elitists‘ among us.
What Hedges got right obviously, is that since WWII, we are all going to hell in a hand-basket. What he refrains from mentioning is WHO is carrying said basket, and how the hell to get out of it. I cannot help but think that with all the research this man has done that he doesn’t understand what philosophy lies at the root of such social sickness. By not naming the beast, his books, films and prescriptions are more or less ineffectual. And will remain so. Like so many other ‘cautious’ writers and activists, they will stop short of naming said beast, and in the same breath condemn those that act out of ‘political correctness’ to protect their jobs. And they tell you that they have the snake-oil to solve your ills?
In his book and the film he is ready to inform you of propaganda and yet all he preaches is civil disobedience. Disobedience to what? To laws enacted through the very influence of said propagandized media. It baffles the brain. The lack of logic.
If you close your ears to those that would enslave you with their charm and their lies…you have won. If everyone opts out of such shit…the WORLD wins. And they that would control us, lose. That seems pretty simple to me. Odysseus resisted the sirens by NOT listening or looking at them. Surely we are so smart.
“Well how would I know what is going on if I don’t at least read a paper or catch the evening news”, I hear you saying. I guess, my answer to that is “why do you feel the need to know what is going on outside of your world?” If some drunk runs over people in a parking lot outside a bar in Bumfuck, Iowa…exactly how does it benefit you to know about the details of such an occurrence? And don’t you know that the purpose of such sensation-driven ‘journalism’ is loaded? Loaded with VERY harmful ideologies. The very instant that you push the ‘on’ button. The very second that you pick up that Jew York Times…you have given them the power to enslave.
And who are these that would so harm? Well, as Voltaire told us, the ones that you cannot criticize. No matter who you feel those people are…they are the ones. I can guarantee one thing. They are the ones “As seen on TV”.
I have written many times about the inevitable positive aspects of our species, and how I foresee that we will indeed survive as a species, no matter what. I guess what I am saying here and now is…’when do you want it?’ Do you want to turn them off and see your grandchildren benefit. Or do you want to rely on the self-preservation instinct that I tell you will eventually overpower the TV-monsters?
*-paraphrased from Corner Gas