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Dumbing Us Down
Television is in fact a great accomplishment, is it not ? What a great invention the cathode ray
tube signifies for humanity. It
helped make possible computers. Millions that ordinarily would live their lives
without being able to travel or see the marvels of the planet, can easily watch
programs that run the gamut of information, documentaries that feed the thirst
of knowledge and educate or perhaps something else. But more often than not, the
TV, the tube, the TELE, is used to beam smut, propaganda and the worst kind of
programming-- that basically retards the mind’s development-- to billions of
people around the globe.
in point, the A&E network, dubbed the Arts and Entertainment channel, is a
misnomer, it should instead be called the Crime and Entertainment channel. Although it airs occasional
documentaries and programs that reflect the arts, it nonetheless spends half of
its program day, airing docudramas on crime. It also seems to have an affinity for
glorifying gangsters and the ‘gangsta’ life. As an example, every Monday for one
hour, a program entitled ‘Growing
up Gotti’ shows viewers what the gangster, known as the ‘dapper
don’, John Gotti's family are up to.
One is left agape at what the point of the program is ?
As the ‘dapper don’s’ grandsons parade around New York in
chauffeured limos, they are treated like royalty, presumably both on and off
screen. One wonders what
impressionable young minds are supposed to think and deduce from this ? Is A&E creating ‘heroes’, models to
be emulated ?
The networks and the satellite channels are not far behind
with their level of programming, whether it be with on screen violence that can
leave one numb from the excess, or the constant sexual proclivities that can
make the most liberal viewer left squirming in his/her seat at the extreme
graphic content. As one is exposed
to such programming is it no wonder that core family values have eroded and
continue to erode in our society ?
And not just here, lest one forget that American television programming
is being beamed around the world thanks to today’s technology. Eskimos in the furthest reaches of civilization as well as
cultures in Africa that cannot even
comprehend the nuances of the programming, are being exposed to this lopsided
interpretation of human behavior.
Car chases, drug usage, sexual corruption, homicidal behavior,
‘normalization’ of unethical behavior and crime—this is what billions are
Programming in other countries has its own shortcomings, as the
American cookie cutter approach to marketing is cloned by other societies. Hollywood style shock and awe is being
duplicated in India, Brazil, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom. Britain’s Channel 4, for example,
announced recently that it would air a new special, entitled ‘Dust to Dust’—the filming of a decomposing
human body over a period of two months.
It has been advertising for a dying person to donate their body for this
‘worthy cause.’ One would
presume that network anchors would spend some of their time making cute remarks
about the event. Is this sick, or
is this sick ?
As if this isn’t enough for channel 4, viewers can also choose
to tune in to another of its program ‘specials’ entitled ‘Sex Inspectors.’ The anchors, a gay man and an
heterosexual female, will observe dysfunctional couples having sex on the air,
and then make suggestions on how they can improve their ‘performance.’ Gadgets are part of the program. If you think these programs are deranged
and sick, then you are not aware of past channel 4 ventures, such as one program
called ‘Beyond Love’; about a woman who had her misadventures in necrophilia; or
another entitled ‘Beijing Swings’ about a
man who ate dead babies. Then there
is the news program that uses naked anchors, referred to as ‘Naked News.’ There are other programs, but I think
you get the idea.
Who is sicker, these poor excuses for humans who are depicted on
such programs, or the media executives who think this stuff up ? Great damage is being inflicted on
society and it is a tragedy that a medium with such great potential to help
educate and liberate minds from the darkness of ignorance is used instead to
push viewers further down into the abyss of prejudice, and idiocy, all for
the benefit of ratings and profits.
Recently, in the United States, the FCC is entertaining the idea of mandating that
all future televisions sold, have the ability to be turned on by electronic
signal, emanating from a governmental or network source. The rationale given, is that emergency
announcements would be available to a greater audience. It’s a national security
thing. Frankly I couldn’t make this stuff up, even if I tried.
It seems we truly have entered not just a new century, but a
‘new’ world. Television it seems,
is ripe to be used as a medium not to inform, or to educate, but rather as a
tool of mind control, propaganda and indoctrination.
Time to unplug that zombie producing gadget, and crack open a
perhaps Brave New
World, and READ !
L.M. / Contributing
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