Posts Tagged ‘media’

2
Nov

Turn off your TV

   Posted by: Rasputin    in video

In his 1995 book Abandoned In The Wasteland, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow had this to say about television:

“In the 1930s and 1940s, television’s creators expressed their hope that the new medium would be the greatest instrument of enlightenment ever invented, a blessing to future generations. They were wrong. . . . No other major democratic nation in the world has so willingly turned its children over to mercenary strangers this way. No other democratic nation has so willingly converted its children into markets for commercial gain and ignored their moral, intellectual, and social development.”

With cellphones, email and the internet the dumbing down of humanity is getting even worse. Did you know Email destroys the mind faster than marijuana? Watch the video. I will have more to say about the internet as soon as I get done checking my email.

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6
May

Media Manipulation

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Issues

You are being manipulated. Some would have you believe it is for your own good. As Edward Bernays, widely considered one of the fathers of public relations said 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. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

Bernays stance makes sense when you realize he wanted to be the one doing the manipulation. It should scare the crap out of the rest of us. Keep in mind Bernays’ book was written over 80 years ago. Before radio, television and the Internet.

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