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The idiot’s lantern

01 Jun

The merger between corporations and government is Not Seen

If I gave you a pill that would cause you to be vaguely amused by looking out the window for about five hours (with breaks), would you take it? I forgot to mention–this pill sometimes puts you to sleep, and usually slows the metabolism to sleeplike levels, so you’ll probably gain weight. The effects on the brain are profound but hard to measure, so I didn’t bother. Would anyone like a truckload of these pills? Other people manage to sell them, even if both the pill and the window are a metaphorical lie.  The ‘we’ll tell you what you will want to believe’ pill will be given to you should you use the ‘lectric (0RPG0\/ idiotbox wiiidscreen window–with the lash of $¢¥€₦¢€ to ensure the pill is sheeple-swallowed.

“Television is altering the meaning of “being informed” by creating a species of information that might properly be called disinformation… Disinformation does not mean false information. It means misleading information – misplaced, irrelevant, fragmented or superficial information – information that creates the illusion of knowing something, but which in fact leads one away from knowing.”  Neil Postman

“A kind of group think corporate consensus, steeped in market logic and deeply inbred by an un-brave news culture, breeds conscience-free conformity and self-censorship. This makes frightening sense in a globalized economy where consumerism is more desired than active citizenship, where power is increasingly concentrated and the public is increasingly unwelcome in a public discourse defined by the powerful. If your goal is to numb people and drive them away from active participation, then TV as “weapon of mass distraction” and wall to wall entertainment makes sense. Shut up and shop is the now the message, one that makes sense to advertiser dominated media outlets…”   Danny Schechter

Those who pay for making TV shows and those who watch them want addicting audiovisual stimuli. However, viewers will watch ‘programming’ that is less than ideal. (500 channels and nothin’ on, but how did it get to be bedtime already?) In my humble opinion, human viewers must be taught to tolerate the current programming, or ‘reality shows,’ or ‘sit-coms.’ I view this as a symptom of cultural insanity/suicide. The loss and/or distortion of our cultural stories becomes inevitable if the profit-seekers are depended upon for such potent entertainment. ”The Great Symbol Drain’ is what Neil Postman called this in his excellent book “Technopoly.”  The collection/library/treasury of stories/histories/ideals that made a bygone culture has been replaced with the best-tech-available moneywhore stories that can be easily and quickly produced, copied, and sold. The stories that make a country worth defending have been replaced by hot bodies unending and consumer brain-bending. Follow the TV money and it comes from the wea1%thy and/or connected. T\/iewers and cable companies are merely products and pipeline, and the conned-sumers will buy their own foreign-made electronic wiiidescreen chains. Eyeball-hours and currentseized and fresh digital stimuli traded 24/7. Everyone is ‘happy,’ including the addicted viewers and Black Ink addicts. (Can internet users avoid paying with eyeball hours? Y(our) video will start after this brief message.)

Will you watch? You might sit passively for hours while insidious advert!sing echos in the halls of your mind. How could you decide that T\/ ”pr0gramming” and advert!sements have little or no power to alter your behavior? How could the enjoyment you get out of it be worth the self-determination that you will likely lose? Would you like TPTB mercenaries to tell you who your ‘enemies’ are, and use every trick they have to make you believe them? What happens to the participating brains trained to sit still while watching hours of audiovisual stimuli? Shut up and watch the hot bodies and cold-blooded murders, over and over and night after night for years and years… Would you like 2 B trained 2 B angry about abortions and gays, trained to sit motionless as stupid wars kill innocents so Corpse can chase ¢urren¢y? Can you sit motionless and do nothing as bank$ters receive mega-giga-tera-6ailout$?

It is not natural for a human to be that still and silent save when asleep. You are a g0ddess or a g0d, and you should decide what mira ¢1€$ you create. Why waste an hour? Time, once gone, is forever lost. Do something! Become! A tiny bit of the universe is yours–and you could be whatever you make of yourself.

So sayeth this arrogant ape, a no6ody who is ignorant of most things psychiatric yet sees damaged minds everywhere. Sayeth this storytelling ape, the T\/ is a dream-killer, a taught-con-troll expert, a teller of insipid stories stripped of wisdom, created by fallible humans with the sole goal of acquiring the local ¢urr¥€₦¢y [ chasing their 90l) ]. If the old stories could still be told… modern tales could be even better. This ape hopes that his colleagues, the other g0ds and g0ddesses on this planet, will waken and become what is in their nature rather than what serves the paper 90I) of wea1%th.

“Brisk men, energetic of movement and speech; the dollar their god, how to get it their religion.” Mark Twain

e-lessons from e-morons: any real human is smarter than the e-peeps on the idjit bahks. What can be learned from the present dumb ersatz people made of sound and light? One lesion, easily learned, that no6ody thinks is important–that the viewer/consumer is smart, intelligent, and so much BETTER than average. What a nice lesion! It has nothing to do with reality, but all human beans have natural-born arrogance and a tendency to egoism and are susceptible to such mindbending. A human is easily fooled into thinking of him/herself as superior to other humans, especially mentally. It is easy to forget that other humans have to use balky tools like ‘words’ and ‘text’ that practically ensures that these other humans will appear less than intelligent–especially when there is little time for thinking things through and editing. The ‘Lake Woebegone Effect’ brain lesion is potentiated by FearChannel babbling and disinfo inkstains on the McFishwrap. To reject is to select.

“(…) alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another-slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision … people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.   What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture(…)  Neal Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death    [No6ody thinks that both Orwell and Huxley were correct.]

Is it fun? It must be fun, because we wouldn’t spend a lot of time on it otherwise, right? RIGHT? Couchlock equals ENTHRALLING, right? Superstimuli only happen to other species. Eyeballs enslaved to the tube… Poor primates. Especially that stupid no6ody who can’t stop playing that pointless video game, even though s/he knows better…

“This [the Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism… when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”   Benjamin Franklin

Watch!ng 5 hours of c0rp-T\/ a day is exactly as bad for your mind as a diet with many corp-tech pseudophoods is to your body. T54 agents who spend time touching other people’s pr!vates wind up mentally whacked, and those who allow themselves to be groped are in the psych danger zone. Perhaps the Emp!re seeks such whacked and/or submissive minds for they will never upset the status quo, and also seeks to identify and discourage those who, like Aragorn son of Arathorn (bearer of The Sword That Was Broken), would never willingly submit to a crotch grope or irr4di4tion–much less surrender his sword. The original, Tolkien version of Aragorn is too potent for the M5M, for his story was noble yet humble, courageous and compassionate, a healer and a warrior. INSPIRING. WORTHY OF EMULATION. Just possibly, Tolkien’s Aragorn story makes certain lying humans appear as evil as The Lieutenant of the Tower of Barad-dûr.

“(…) his name is remembered in no tale; for he himself had forgotten it, and he said: ‘I am the Mouth of Sauron.’ But it is told that he was a renegade, who came of the race of those that are named the Black Numenoreans; for they established their dwellings in Middle-earth during the years of Sauron’s domination, and they worshipped him, being enamoured of evil knowledge. And he entered the service of the Dark Tower when it first rose again, and because of his cunning he grew ever higher in the Lord’s favour; and he learned great sorcery, and knew much of the mind of Sauron; and he was more cruel than any orc.”

If I was to behave evilly, I might apply these words to a certain person who, in my opinion, has been pledged to the Elite Gents.  The more honorable path consists of pointing out that certain wars continue, occupations of other countries continue, and evil prisons still blight the landscape in direct opposition to often-repeated campaign promises. I could also say that bankster fraud is not investigated and goes unpunished, as does the deadly lies of the war-mongers and the M5M. These are facts, not insults. I value reason and rationality and despise the mercenary manipulation of unaware minds. I will not become my enemy and do what I hate.

There are ideas too powerful for sheeple hearts and minds, instantly changing sheeple to people. Sorry, I lied. Such ideas work slowly, if at all. Such ideas can be suppressed, mocked, corrupted, trivialized, bastardized, infantilized. Add cognitive dissonance, superstimuli distractions, ignorance, dumbingdownpsych-chems, bio-accumulated toxins, ST8 educa-shunnn, and the daily grind of living in an Empyre with crumbling infrastructure… brains can become incapacitated. There seems no shortage of ignorant and ignominious sheeple herded into dead-end jobs and taught to e-graze Tee\/ee in solitude afterwards. These sheeple might be trained to distrust each other–or even worse. “I can hire one-half of the working class to kill the other half,” said the bankster Jay Gould. Add high-tech leverage and a culture might be driven insane by accident even if human leaders mean well (LOL!). Seeg Hell, teh sequel.

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