posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 03:23 PM
I've suspected that such was the case for quite some time now. Perhaps the justification is "Oh, it's ok.. I can read between the lines" or
"Looking for the brainwashing techniques those bastards are using".. or whatever. It's entertainment. A justification to watch TV and escape for a
bit into an exciting fantasy or intrigue. Or maybe it's a sort of "TV is brain rotting trash, which I plan to turn off right after my shows are
over". Whatever. It's all just entertainment. Different themes for different channels, perhaps, none of them have any inherent incentive to do
anything other than keep you tuned in through the commercial break. Lopsided issues are homogenized, minor issues MAY JUST become a threat to your
life or family (more after this), reason is supplanted by speculation, accuracy is dependent upon demographics, celebrities trump all, and if you
notice THE VOLUME OF THE COMMERCIALS ARE REALLY LOUD SO YOU CAN STILL HEAR THEM IF YOU GO INTO THE NEXT ROOM.
Television is alright so long as you remember that you're being entertained. This doesn't mean you can't get good info from the tube... but if you
want accuracy, it's up to the viewer to seek out in-depth coverage of the issue and do the fact checking. A task that's perhaps delegated in the
spirit of mail-in-rebates. Ideally, we should as individuals take the initiative to seek out contrary views and actively challenge our preconceptions
for the sake of greater context and depth. Such generally isn't the case though. Research can be a bother, and people don't tend to like willfully
engaging views in a hostile environment or try to falsify their own beliefs. We tend to gravitate towards similar views and positions, avoid hostile
environments, and reinforce our preconceptions via confirmation bias. Most people just aren't going to do it.
Still, it can be amusing to watch the soapbox-moralistic tirades against the "lies and deceit" these devils of the airwaves weave so perfectly that
the masses will never have a clue as to what's slapping them in the face... but OOOOHHH BOY, should UFO Hunters or Monster Quest or MKULTRA or
NLP-Pseudoscience, 2012, End Times prophecy conspiracy topic shows up on the History Channel (of all places) - Oh, then it's "MUST SEE
PROOF!" DISCLOSUR IS NEAR!
Yeah, that's probably a good indication you should shut the tube off and read a book. Or get online and answer that question which has been bugging
you.... like, Do robotic visual processing systems designed to function similarly to our visual cortex fall for the same optical illusions? (They do)
Or; Maybe this would be a good time to investigate that knocking in my car's engine?