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  •  We're the most heavily propagandized (9+ / 0-)

    population in all history; and the most skillfully so. With the ubiquity of electronic media... Stalin and Goebbels and Mao would all be salivating at the thought of how perfect our little part of the Matrix is run.

    Shit, we just had an election where almost no single actually important issue -- war and foreign policy, rampant criminality among banks and corporation, the purchase of government officials, the not-creeping-but-galloping police/surveillance state -- was even mentioned through the whole campaign.

    We have not so much a democracy as a de-mock-crazy.

    I see some comments here on how fearful US people seem to be. In this connection, look at various studies which show that when asked how violent and dangerous the world is, people with the most hours watching tv/movies rate the world as the most dangerous. At the same moment, there are no major programs showing how people solve problems or work together.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 07:48:48 AM PST

    •  Totally agree (3+ / 0-)
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      Note who the most fearful people are: usually old people. People with time on their hands and end up using much of it watching TV, often because of health problems.

      I recently had a discussion with my retired father that was rather enlightening.
       I told him how the news media was causing people to be more fearful than necessary, and that crime rates had been dropping since the early 90's.
        His response was that I was being foolish because "all you have to do is watch the news" and see how violent everything had become.

       Then I made a mistake of actually producing facts: I tried to show him a chart of crime rates in America.
        Not only did he refuse to look at it, he started mocking me.
        The discussion did not end well.

        This is a man who I have respected my whole life. But when it came to questioning what he saw on TV and questioning the reasoning for the fear in our country our relationship had a break down.

      ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

      by gjohnsit on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:34:07 AM PST

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      •  BBC's 4 part series "Century of the Self" (2+ / 0-)
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        goes into detail about the public relations/psychologist/corporate/government alliance, now 90 years strong. And not at all hidden. President Hoover praised Bernays, the founder of public relations, for turning Americans into consuming "happiness machines." And what a world of woe that's opened up!

        It amazes me how many people even at DKos don't grasp the pervasive, and malevolent, effects of mass-reach Media; nor do they see how this is the lynch-pin for things as we have them.

        There was a productive stream of TV research in the late '70s which showed that moving images bypass the brain's critical faculties: after all, seeing is believing. So, like your Dad, people believe their own eyes. Even when what they see is literally channeled by someone else.

        The BBC series to watch online or download:

        The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

        by Jim P on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:46:50 AM PST

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