posted on Jun, 19 2005 @ 03:23 PM
It's not exactly the television that's brainwashing you, right? It's the ideas. The television is a device that transmits ideas to large
So it's undeniably powerful.
Ideas are these amazing things that have been evolving our knowledge generation after generation. Whoever controls the mass distribution of ideas
controls the evolution of culture, it pretty much boils down to that.
Given just a few generations of immersion, a culture could be entirely wiped out, replaced, and manipulated in just about any way imagineable. Given
a nearly complete influence, and a well-considered programming schedule, over just a few generations one could feasibly make hairy legs sexy, or
create a society of utter hedonism, or 'prove' the existence of god-like alien rulers and change the face of religion forever.
The possibilities, the power..practically endless.
One should be wary of that sort of power, as it inevitably leads to control issues. (that idea was widely popularized in America by Walt Disney &
Co., do you think we can trust it? )
Our ideas evolve and make us better, sometimes. We can learn things, make righteous choices, act in a noble fashion, display compassion. Those
things can be taught. Television offers the oppurtunity to literally remake society, to alter the ideas going forward. We could craft a society of
hard working, compassionate, spiritually inclined, respectful, honest violinists..or something.
So television, like any other tool, is good or bad only in connection with its use. Part of me says, "Kill your television!" while the other part
says "Create an ATS channel!"