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Originally posted by Vinadetta
I'm really starting to believe that there is a conspiracy by the elite and the mass media to effectively dumb down the American Population. I hate to say it but, I fear there are a lot, and I mean a lot of people who are so uniformed and very oblivious to what is truly going on in the world today?
Just look at all the crap that is "news" and the influence that is the Mass Media and advertising. To go along with this, I feel that are schools are failing teaching kids to learn how to think critically about issues and have any independent thought process.
With show's like Flavor of Love, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, not to mention the media hype over Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie, and Lyndsey Lohan. How can any "News Agency" actually report on this stuff and call it News. Are our lives so boring and inadequate that we are really interested in these bimbo's drug use and DUI's?
I think we are being conditioned by the elite and programed in any matter that we see fit!!!!! It's no wonder how they are able to control with fear!!!
What are your thoughts?
Originally posted by jaamaan
and this video
"Deliberate Dumbing Down of amerika"
[edit on 3-8-2007 by jaamaan]
Originally posted by desert
I truly believe that people are born with a certain "IQ", which BTW came about as a way to determine how well a student might perform in an academic setting, i.e. school.
Originally posted by desert
We have to remember, the US school system is the same system that produced engineers to put a man on the moon.
Looking at the question more broadly, where did your children get most of their values, if not from what they saw on television? Parents might counteract the influence of the infernal box, but they could not overcome it. How could they, if they themselves have been brainwashed by the same box and if their children spend more time with it than them? Studies show that most of television programming is geared to a less than 5th grade comprehension level; parents, like you, are themselves being remade in the infantile images of the television screen. All of society becomes more infantile, more easily controllable.
As Emery explains: ``We are proposing that television as a simple constant and repetitive and ambiguous visual stimulus, gradually closes down the central nervous system of man.''] Becker holds a similar view of the effect of television on American's ability to think: "Americans don't really think--they have opinions and feelings. Television creates the opinion and then validates it.''