Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Truth Will Not Be Televised

Arguments against television go back to its inception. Over thirty years ago Jerry Mander's Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television was published, presenting the case that the medium made it easier to control people. This is why the emergence of the Internet has the ruling elite running scared, as it is a powerful and populist alternative, and why they're now seeking to control and restrict it.

A flow of information is constantly streaming from the television set; a bombardment of words and pictures. The speed at which this information is communicated makes it easy for the signal to take control, switching the viewer's brain to stand-by as information is absorbed without analysis or question. Today the television's constant signal shapes the conclusions of the masses and produces the collective norm. The signal prescribes what is news and what is truth through the words of so-called experts and authorities, gelding the consciousness and independent thoughts of those subjected to it. Through television, the masses can be made to accept the most monstrous distortions of reality. The signal is a chill wind of continuous oppression over the minds of the masses. It controls the management of society and culture, creating uniformity across all subjects.-Unplug the Signal


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