reply to post by TheWill
I believe that there are a number of factors which contribute to the results of this study. First of all , there is the problem of habit forming. I
would have thought that a considerable collective of the surveyed people, would also have had other compulsions learned over time. Because Fox fluffs
the egos of, and panders to the psychological damage done to its viewer base, it is easier to watch if you happen to have the opinions reflected in
the programming. This is not only more comfortable for the veiwer, because it does not involve self examination, but actualy reinforces previously
Second of all is the sheer intelligence behind the way the programes are made, and the way a news story is delivered. The people behind the scenes
know that in order to make thier veiwer base feel good about being themselves and having thier veiws, they have to spin the articles a certain way, in
order to show the most pleasing aspects of the veiwer bases attitudes. When the veiwer sees his veiw being reflected in the words a newsreader uses to
attack his guest, or support a riduclous position, he feels good about himself, his brain releases feel good chemicals, and the veiwers attitude is
again reinforced, and his addiction to the network becomes stronger.
The third aspect which comes to play on this subject is of addiction. I like a particular brand of rum. Once I had that one, nothing else will do
(incidentaly , its called Sailor Jerry's and its bloody marvelous, a jolly good drop). Its the same with news. Having exposed themselves to the
neurochemical effect of having thier right wing propegandist fear based nonsense views announced on air as fact, and every article spun to suit thier
mind set, a Fox News veiwer may decide to see what the other networks are saying. Upon turning on a different network, they may find that it doesnt go
as far as Fox does toward thier end of the idiot meter. While not repulsive to the Fox veiwer, it may seem a little wishy washy. They may decide to
continue to find what else might be out there. Upon comming across a genuine news outlet, they will be appalled and outraged , because the news reader
might not be talking the same "good sense" they are used to . What a buzzkill !!! Thinking , as they probably do, that only newsreaders who aggree
with them are telling the truth, they will hurry back to Fox for thier dose of media crack, and slowly but surely the little bead of drool at the
corner of thier slack jawed open mouthed expression, will turn into a drop, and then a torrent.
The secret , to watching the news, is to watch ALL the news. The problem comes when there are no media outlets that arent controled by large
corperate interests , and right wing propegandists. In Britain the BBC have a reputation for impartiality , and although I watch the BBC news every
lunch hour, I do so under no false impression about its worth as an outlet for unbiased information. The bias is more sublte to be sure, but its there
, in the tone of voice, the way a question is asked, and the general attitude of the newscaster. Again, its subtle but its there. In order to counter
act that effect on my mind, I come to places like this, and get my news from all over the web. I look at left and right wing veiws, and centrist
views. I check out the current activities of the same people from maybe four or five different media veiw points before even thinking about making up
my mind. Either that , or I have made up my mind on a subject before there is even news about it , but monitor the news anyway so that I do not become
The forth factor here is that a large number of people are dumb as sticks, no matter wether you are in the USA , Russia, the UK or Japan, Pakistan,
India , China... there are some really idiot people out there. They will be drawn to media which doesnt make them feel to dumb. Thats a simple fact.
People who are just lacking in even the rudimentary intelligence required to name and measure a cucumber for instance, are going to be drawn to a news
outlet which caters for people who cant pass basic science, ethics, and social studies classes. They are not going to buy a membership to the
Smithsonian visitors club, no more than a British numbnut is going to want to visit the natural history museum every month to keep up on the latest
from the archaeological digs around the nation. They are going to want to know how to cram more calories into thier fat dumb useless bodies, and how
to cram thier minds with thoughts which lead to zero growth, because its easier, and life according to idiot should be easy.
Its all a fallacy though. Life should be hard, its what makes us aware that we are alive. Struggle improves mental accuity , it does not stunt it.
The people who watch avidly this mind bending news show, do so not because they want to be informed, and they are not being mislead. They are
specificaly watching it BECAUSE it makes them dumber, and to them ignorance is BLISS. They are the direct opposite of everyone who takes denying
ignorance seriously . Some of them are only watching Fox, because otherwise they would realise that every lesson they ever learned from thier parents
about respect for thier nation was a lie, that every word about obeying your betters, and always keeping the law, is bogus, and that thier entire
lives, and the premise on which they base thier characters has been based on a toxic, dangerous mess of non thought, designed to make them nothing
but slaves to little bits of paper with numbers on them. Either that or they have seen so much of the truth that they cannot handle it anymore.
No matter the reason though, these people, and the media outlets who feed thier psychological disorders, are dangerous. They are dangerous, because
they vote, and they vote in a nation which has a nuclear arsenal, and has had at least one slack jawed drooling halfwit as president in the last ten
years already, and is garun-damn-teed to have another one at some point. Halfwits plus nukes equals bad. I couldnt make that any simpler now could I ?