Television

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A tool of 20th century commercially-controlled media, now used as a tool of mass surveillance.

Television was the first technology to allow images to be transmitted for remote viewing. It was quickly adopted by governments worldwide as an effective means of broadcasting.

Concerns

“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.”
Bill Hicks [1]

Truthstream Media opines that TV consumption has over decades enforced an attitude in society where most of the people believe whatever the mainstream media tells them without critical analysis. Technical research from the 60s onward, into how different flickering frequencies, among other things, lead to different brain wave patterns that make people absorb information in an uncritical way, may have played a role in this if it has been applied on a wider scale.[2]

Worldview

Full article: Propaganda

Television, through repetition of the same notion over and over again, enforces a worldview that on the political side assumes certain things and questions very little. The enforcing of this worldview starts at a young age through TV program for children and goes from there to cover all sections of society and all entertainment aspects (shows, movies, video games, etc). While critical content is produced, it is outweighed by those productions that enforce this worldview - which in general follows the line that America is fighting for what is right, not so much for it's own gain and empire. Domestic television productions around the world, especially in Europe, are generally concerned with other topics, but the outreach of Hollywood and the productions geared towards children, which are produced by the American entertainment complex, are factoring in as explained above. News reporting in Europe again, is very much in line to US foreign policy and overwhelmingly uncritical.

Example

The Delta Force (1986)

The movie "The Delta Force" depicts a successful rescue attempt of American hostages from Iran. It is based on what the real operation Eagle Claw would have been, if it had been successful. Unlike the movie, however, it ended before any firefight.[3] The operation is described and remembered as a debacle,[4] but the movie does not give a clue as to what really happened and the viewer is left with the impression of good American soldiers fighting Islamic "terrorism".

Talk shows

Full article: Talk shows

Spying

CIA and MI5 have developed software to use televisions as surveillance tools.[5]

BBC

Full article: BBC

In the UK, television development was organised by the BBC , which was founded in 1922 under John Reith.

Brainwashing

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On average, US citizens spend about 5 hours/day watching television. John Whitehead suggests that they "are being programmed to accept the brutality, surveillance and dehumanizing treatment of the American police state as things happening to other people."[6]

Weblinks

Hendricus G. Loos - Nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors[7]


 

Examples

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CNN
NieuwsuurA state-funded TV program that replaced several award-winning current affairs programs that were "too biased"...meaning not following the official narrative.

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthor
Peace“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”John Lennon
Police“If you think about it, this is a really ingenious trick. Because when most of us think about police, we do not think of them as enforcing regulations. We think of them as fighting crime, and when think of “crime,” the kind of crime have in our minds is violent crime. Even though, in fact, what police mostly do is exactly the opposite: they bring the threat of force to bear on situations that would otherwise have nothing to do with it... most violent crime does not end up involving the police... Why are we so confused about what police really do? The obvious reason is that in the popular culture of the last fifty years or so, police have become almost obsessive objects of imaginative identification in popular culture. It has come to the point that it’s not at all unusual for a citizen in a contemporary industrialized democracy to spend several hours a day reading books, watching movies, or viewing TV shows that invite them to look at the world from a police point of view, and to vicariously participate in their exploits. And these imaginary police do, indeed, spend almost all of their time fighting violent crime, or dealing with its consequences.”David Graeber

 

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