Is Your Brain Sharp, Clear, Blended, Fuzzy or Washed?
by Alex Cosper
Saturday, April 16, 2016
It's no secret among people with critical thinking skills that the dumbing of society project has left many humans dumber than rocks in the 21st century. It sounds like an insult, but it's really the nicest and most humorous way to describe this phenomenon, engineered by media and its top advertisers, big biz. No, it's not a wild conspiracy theory - many people's attention span have been annihilated from watching too much network television, which really does conspire to condition people to turn off their critical thinking skills and accept certain norms.
One of the ways we know for sure people are losing touch with critical thinking is just scrolling through Facebook's news feed. In April 2016 I found four examples of media personalities mistakenly posting fake news stories (in which the sources admit they're fantasy or satire sites). That's ok if you know what you're posting and making a point, but if you take a fake story seriously and most of your responses are people who also take it seriously, then you are spreading ignorance and distortion, which fuels the dumbing of society phenomenon.
Here's a grading scale I invented to help you determine the degree that you've been brainwashed, either by big media or alternative media websites that lack credibility. I use the A, B, C, D, F grading scale for evaluating your brain power because it's already a familiar system. The descriptions are terms that reflect the quality of your critical thinking skills.
A = SHARP = Very educated, perceptive and able to make brilliant decisions
B = CLEAR = Capable of critical thinking
C = BLENDED = Your brain is at least in working condition, but mixes in lots of distortion
D = FUZZY = You believe lots of propaganda that isn't true but you can at least take in opposing views
F = WASHED = Your brain is empty, broken, frozen or stuck on stupid
Many TV addicts fall into the C through F categories since TV teaches you that the solution to attention span burnout is to just keep changing channels until after an hour you've realized there's nothing worth watching. TV, more importantly, sets norms that lead to mass conformity to the point if something isn't on TV, then it must not be normal, so it has no value. TV also destroys critical thinking by influencing a love vs hate attitude, especially when it comes to angry talk shows where two sides trash each other, not with facts, but with emotion and myths.
If you're able to think for yourself, regardless of how much TV viewing you absorb, then congratulations that your brain is either sharp or clear. Your brain is blended if you fall somewhere in between clear and fuzzy thinking. Fuzzy thinking is when you need help determining the pros and cons of content of an event, personality, show or product, although you're still able to consider facts from reliable sources. You are brainwashed when you have lost touch with reality, as in believing that all products at a supermarket are safe just because they are advertised on TV or that something is true just because you saw or heard it on the news.
Think of your brain as the gas tank of a car. Whether the tank is empty, clogged or disconnected from the fuel line, it can't start or move - so it's all the same difference. It gets an F if the car can't drive. But once the problem is fixed, the tank gets a higher grade.
It's a relief that it's very possible to deprogram yourself should you fall into the trap of being overly programmed by big media, which comprises six large corporations that own tons of different cable channels and other media outlets. First you have to admit to yourself if you watch over four hours of TV per day that you have in fact been programmed, which meets the goal of network programmers.
The next step is to ask yourself how you could better spend your precious time. Usually a hobby that inspires creativity is the best answer, otherwise use the internet to feed your brain with genuine knowledge from credible sources. In order to upgrade your critical thinking, you need to sort out fact from opinion and fiction, otherwise you'll just absorb more distortion. Facts are objective things you can verify. The strongest opinions are based on facts while the weakest are based strictly on bias. Fiction is often embedded into commentaries to enhance a story, so be careful not to post fake news stories on social media without knowing they're based on opinion, satire or fantasy.
Most people know The Onion is a satire site, but not everyone knows a satire or fantasy site when they see one, especially if they just look for interesting headlines to post on the Facebook news feed. Helpful sources that expose fake news sites are: FakeNewsWatch.com and RealorSatire.com. Another great source for looking up trust scores of websites is ScamAdviser.com.