Here is a quote from the dumbingdown web site (main page):
"In an experiment in 1969, Herbert Krugman monitored a person through many trials and found that in less than one minute of television
viewing, the person's brainwaves switched from Beta waves-- brainwaves associated with active, logical thought-- to primarily Alpha waves. When the
subject stopped watching television and began reading a magazine, the brainwaves reverted to Beta waves. "
Here's an article on how TV can become addictive and how it can hinder an individual's problem solving abilities and critical thinking skills.
As you can see, television is the most powerful goddamn force in the whole godless universe and woe is us if it ever falls into the wrong hands. Well,
as we have already established, this awesome propaganda force is already in the hands of the CFR. Maybe this is why so few people know about the
Bohemian Grove, Fractional Reserve Banking, the Illuminati, or the role that the occult has played in human history. The ignorance of the public is
not so astonishing once you have grasped how powerful this tool is and how it has been used to produce an apathetic society.
I do not think however, that either typing or the Internet is the end. It is a switch from the Gutenberg Galaxy - as long as we have secure servers
and backups and printouts of most important materials, there is no danger of losing significant information. Too many people want to keep it secure so
unless a world catastrophe happens to several servers and backups the Internet is safer than many other things in our lives. We can think about the
effect of digitalised writing though.
The Gutenberg Galaxy has produced its own backlash. Namely, most members of pre-literate societies have shown to have much better memory spans and
skills than those who commit things to writing. They usually remember all their oral history, myths and relatives etc. By special exercises you can
gain that power back - just try to recall all your weekly schedule for a few weeks without any paper notebook, calendar, or without a cell phone or a
So far this like comparing shamanism with the religions of the Book. It has its advantages and disadvantages.
The modern tube-watchers have become passive, that is true. I think TV and cars are not the end though.
It is mind-blowing for an individual who grew up in an European city environment to contemplate the new space brought about by cars and freeways. When
I moved to America in the 80's, I felt that most of it had been recently physically conquered.
People in the car-determined space no longer have the freedom to walk out of their houses and meet various other castes or layers. In most postmodern
settings, the same kind of people are supposed to live near each other in quarters - e.g. a certin quarter is mainly middle class Black people etc. -
and most people go everywhere with cars except the underclass who are supposed to live in "inner cities."
Can Americans today imagine that the term "inner city" used to mean the seat of culture and meeting points and cafés and publishers, and the place
where people staged protests and revolutions and strikes - as little as sixty years ago?
Can you go to the streets now and do something with others? There is no place to go where you are exposed to others except shopping malls - and those
temples of consumption are tightly controlled.
The world of cars and TV and shopping malls reorganised space radically (mostly during the 80's). I think consumer society wanted most communities to
disappear. Control by merchants and manipulators is infinitely easier in the new postmodern space. You do not need to think about background powers,
all you need as an explanatory principle is the merchant mentality and the segregation of the various kinds of people by their money and power
situation. This spatial reorganisation is further complicated by racism, caste-ism etc.
If you want to prevent a revolution today, all you have to do is block the freeway exits, control TV, and people will be physically unable to organise
anything, a strike or a revolution for example. They won't be even able to get out of their neighbourhoods - the place of protests would be far for
I think the Internet is the only thing that saves us from this brave new world type of organisation. There are virtual communities etc. Sure, if
someone cuts the line, only telepathy remains.