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Originally posted by FredT
Its an interesting premise. John Carpenter explored it quite well in the B Sci/Fi movie title "They Live" which is one of my favorites. It essentialy revolved around alien control of the media which was using subliminal messages to influce humans.
If you wanted to control a population usurping thier media/entertainment would be the way to go IMHO. But, in terms of Sci/Fi its seems to be all over the place with good aliens, bad alients etc etc rather than a predetermined push towards something.