Ways To Ridicule the Anti-Education Movement|
by Alex Cosper
Saturday, March 19, 2016
You may have noticed in recent years a trend known in some circles as the "dumbing of society project." It's found in many places in everyday life, but its driving force is mainly via big media. Researchers have tried to intellectualize this "anti-education movement" in bland scientific terms such as "television reduces attention span," but sometimes it's easier for humorous critical thinkers to just come out and say how they really feel about it.
Despite competition with the internet for leisure time, television remains a powerful medium that influences people's perceptions of social norms. If you tell someone, for example, that "big biz distorts reality through its big media channels" you might be labelled a "conspiracy theorist" by people who get all their information from television. But if a prominent figure made the same statement on television (before getting yanked off the air), it might send an alert signal to the typical idiot box junkie who watches television programming all day long.
All the studies on what television does to your brain seem to be inconclusive, yet it's pretty easy to prove the average TV viewer is hypnotized by the electronic dots flashing through lines on a big screen, perceiving it as "the real world." Even the more conscious people who understand the concept of "willing suspension of disbelief" that goes along with pop culture escapism, can easily slip into a similar trance.
Most TV junkies won't listen to criticism about television because they feel it's their choice to watch in their living rooms and that no one is manipulating their thinking. Of course, these same people have no idea who owns the networks or that their motive is to pursuade, not so much to entertain of inform. The result is huge globs of the population becoming obese from lack of exercise and absorbing the repetition of fast food and pharma commercials as just the norm and nothing disruptive or questionable in their boring lives.
The biggest consequence of becoming a TV addiction in many individuals is that it strips them of their individuality as a free-thinker. Instead, TV squelches out critical thinking and replaces it with brain fog that turns every type of analysis into simplistic love/hate extremes, or even worse, a non-commital attitude about important issues in favor of an apathetic mindset where nothing matters but the constant stream of inconsequential but captivating sounds and images on the tube. In other words, people who act like they're in another world are actually giving television programmers exactly what they want - a terminally captive audience.
Can TV Make You Dumber?
Since the goal of network TV is rarely to educate and mostly to condition people to keep watching as much as possible, it doesn't take a scientist to figure out what the stimulus and response is to television programming. When you call it brainwashing, conditioning or programming, something is actually happening that involves shutting off parts of the brain. A person who religiously stares at a TV screen usually does not want to be interrupted by anything from the real world as they absorb the one-way communication from big biz that's drilled into their head.
As any experience, including watching TV, becomes part of an individual's history, excessive viewing inevitably pushes the mind more and more inside a cage that shuts off curiosity about science, nature and other elements of the real world. The more someone just absorbs messages from a few big companies that trick the mind into thinking they have zillions of choices on their remote, the more distant a person becomes from knowing or questioning what the relationship between media and audience is really about.
The answer to the riddle about whether TV makes society dumber is obvious. The more people throw their time away on staring at a screen full of illusions that appear to be real, the more they forget that all they are watching are staged events meant to be filler in between commercials. Even nightly news is staged and scripted, as news anchors are hired for their looks and ability to read a teleprompter. Most people absent-mindedly perceive such newscasts as important information, not realizing that most of it is just disposable stories that no one will care about the next day.
So, with this ignorance about what is really happening in mind when you watch TV, the answer is clearly, yes, TV can indeed contribute to the dumbing of society. To take all that acting and script-reading as the real world is pretty absurd and laughable. Once you learn that a lot of news is just pre-packaged PR for commercial or government interests, then you begin to finally see through the mirage.
Jabs for Making Fun of Zombies
Again, the most seriously brainwashed viewers do not find any humor or intelligence in attacking their favorite garbage on TV that they just have to watch. It's just like a religion, as anyone severely indoctrinated into a belief system will instantly defend their faith. So you kind of have to be clever the way you approach attempting to rehabilitate them. Here are things you can say that drop the hint TV is not as important as they believe it is:
What shows are you going to watch that drain your precious time?
What's the latest soap opera you've seen disguised as news?
How often do you change the channel as soon as TV insults your intelligence?
Did you hear about the marketing scam that an aspirin a day is good for your health?
How often do you come across a health food show sandwiched in between junk food commercials?
Do you ever wonder why TV shows come and go but the commercials stay the same?
Who's your favorite script reader on TV?
Even though TV is a big deal to you, have you ever thought of how you're just a tiny statistic to the big networks?
When your favorite show got cancelled, did it make you feel like you were in a small group of millions?
How much money can watching TV help you make?