posted on Mar, 14 2005 @ 01:22 PM
When people ask me if Tv is brainwashing me, I answer than I've got a dirty mind, and so probably needed it. Seriously, though, TV does tend to
reduce , or surpress, brain wave activity. This is why it has a 'tranquilizing effect' on the viewer.
You can observe this for yourself. The next time you are with a group of people, perhaps in an 'orientation session', and they slide out the TV and
VCR, to give you their presentation, watch what happens to the other people in the room.
They generally start out bored, restless, and figity. As the televised presentation begins, they start to relax. Their eyes widen, and their jaws
drop. After about 20 mins, the 'energy level' of the room as gone down considerably. By the end of the presentation, people are completely docile.
That's usually when the lecture starts.
By that time people are usually pretty out of it. One of the side effects of the supressed brain activity is that people tend to lose the critical
faculties. They can't ask the important questions anymore. They're more inclined to accept what they're told, and go along with it. That's why
it's so important to start with the TV presentation, and move on to the lecture after people have become 'receptive'.
It has something to do with the frequency at which the cathode ray tube, which is the TV's picture device works. It projects a single dot, in rapid
fire repetition, across the TV screen, in successive rows, several times a second. The picture changes as the color and tone of the dots changes, as
it moves across the screen. That creats a 'rythimc blinking' effect.
Walk passs ome ones house at night, while they are watching TV. Notice the pulsing effect of the TV's light on the windows. Just like a fire from a
fireplace. So it tends to lull people into a relaxed and suggestable state. This is why TV is so good a selling things.
Incidentally, the same CRT, or 'picture screen', is used in video gambling terminals. Look at the trouble people have with those. As their brain
activity gets supressed, they get sloppier at gambling. Add alcohol into the equation, and most normal people are in no position to hold their own in
a poker contest with a random numbers generator! So people tend to lose more heavily to VLT's then old fashioned slot machines!