Entertainment?: PART II

You might not actually realize how much you are watching television. But think for a moment. When you come home, you turn the television on, if it isn’t on already abi?. You read the paper with it on, half glancing at what is on the screen, catching a bit of the news, or the plot of a show. You eat with it on, maybe in the background, listening for a score or something that happens to a character in a show you follow.
When something you are interested in, a show or football game, is on, the set becomes the center of attention. So your attention to what is on may vary in intensity, but there is almost no point when you are home, and inside, and have the set completely off. No be so? The studies did not break down the periods of time people watched television, according to the intensity of their viewing. But the point is still made: you compulsively turn the television on and spend a good portion of your waking hours glued to it. And the studies also showed that many people can’t sleep without the television turned on! Brainwashing Now, I’m sure you have heard that watching too much television is bad for your health. They put stories like that on the evening news. Bad for your eyes to stare at the screen, they say. Especially bad if you sit too close. Well, I want to make another point.
We’ve already shown that you are addicted to the tube, watching it between six and eight hour a day. But it is an addiction that {brainwashes} you. There are two kinds of brainwashing. The one that’s called {hard} brainwashing is the type you’re most familiar with. You’ve got a pretty good image of it from some of those old Korean war movies. They take some guy, an American patriot, drag him into a room, torture him, pump him full of drugs, and after a struggle, get him to renounce his country and his beliefs. He usually undergoes a personality change, signified by an ever-present smile and blank stare.

This brainwashing is called {hard} because its methods are overt. The controlled environment is obvious to the victim; so is the terror. The victim is overwhelmed by an external force, and a feeling of intense isolation is induced. The victim’s moral strength is sapped, and slowly he embraces his torturers. It is man’s moral strength that informs and orders his power of reason; without it, the mind becomes little more than a recording machine waiting for imprints. No one is saying that you have been a victim of {hard} brainwashing. But you have been brainwashed, just as effectively as those people in the movies. The blank stare? Did you ever look at what you look like while watching television? U just tink am abi? LWKMD

If the angle is right, you might catch your own reflection in the screen. Jaw slightly open, lips relaxed into a smile with your indomie hanging in the air. The blank stare of a television zombie. This is {soft} brainwashing, even more effective because its victims go about their lives unaware of what is being done to them. Television, with its reach into nearly every home, worldwide, creates the basis for the mass brainwashing of citizens, like you. Ok ..ok..and me sef.

It works on a principle of {tension and release}. Create tension, in a controlled environment, increasing the level of stress. Then provide a series of choices that provide release from the tension. As long as the victim believes that the choices presented are the {only} choices available, even if they are at first glance unacceptable, he will nevertheless, ultimately seek release by choosing one of these unacceptable choices. Under these circumstances, in a brainwashing, controlled environment, such choice-making is not a “rational” experience. It does not involve the use of man’s creative mental powers; instead man is conditioned, like an animal, to respond to the tension, by seeking release.

The key to the success of this brainwashing process is the regulation of both the tension and the perceived choices. As long as both are controlled, then the range of outcomes is also controlled. The victim is induced to walk down one of several pathways acceptable for his controllers. The brainwashers call the tension-filled environment {social turbulence}. The last decades have been full of such {social turbulence}–economic collapse, regional wars, population disasters, ecological and biological catastrophes. {Social turbulence} creates crises in perceptions, causing people to lose their bearings.
Adrift and confused, people seek release from the tension, following paths that appear to lead to a simpler, less tension-filled life. There is no time in such a process for rational consideration of complicated problems. Television is the key vehicle for presenting both the tension and the choices. It brings you the images of the tension, and serves up simple answers. Television, in its world of semi-reality, of illusion, of escape from reality, {is itself the single most important release from our tension-wracked existence.} Eight hours a day, every day, through its programming, you are being programmed.

If you doubt me, think about one important choice that you have made recently that was not in some way influenced by something that you have seen on television. I bet you can’t think of one. That’s how controlled you are. Who’s Doing It? Me sef no know. But don’t take my word for it. i read this article about an event some ten years ago. These guys spoke to a man from a think tank called the Futures Group in Connecticut, USA. Hal Becker had spent more than 20 years of his life manipulating the minds of the leaders of his society. Here’s what he said, “I know the secret of making the average American believe anything I want him to. Just let me control television.
Americans are wired into their television sets. Over the last 30 years, they have come to look at their television sets and the images on the screen as reality. You put something on television and it becomes reality. If the world outside the television set contradicts the images, people start changing the world to make it more like the images and sounds of their television.
Because its influence is so great, so pervasive, it has become part of our lives. You lose your sense of what is being done to you, but your mind is being shaped and moulded.” If that doesn’t sound like brainwashing, I don’t know what is.

My people, i don try, make i stop here.


2 thoughts on “Entertainment?: PART II

  1. More greetz Dayo – I finally got time to read both parts of this excellent piece.
    What you say here is actually true now in many countries, and it’s a sad indictment of our societies and of parents too.
    I couldn’t imagine watching TV for more that 1 hour per day (if that), and then only if it’s a program that’s going to increase my education.
    A quote:
    ‘Well, gentlemen, you have now invented the biggest time-waster of all time. Use it well.’
    So said Isaac Shoenberg to his development team at EMI following a successful demonstration of their first electronic television camera in 1934.
    The rest, as they say, is history.

    Phil O


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