reply to post by drockEst1983
As far as the media's influence over society...just watch an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show and then watch almost any popular sitcom from
today; or listen to a Buddy Holly song and then almost any modern pop song and think about the state of our society.
Ah, the 1950s and 1960s. The age of innocence, of Buddy Holly and Dick Van Dyke and all-American apple pie...
Wasn't that the era of anti-Communist paranoia that ruined the lives of hundreds of innocent people, of racial segregation, of racist lynchings and
violence in the South, and a Cold War that had two frighteningly tooled-up world powers glaring at one another, eyeball to nuclear eyeball?
Wasn't that when the United States got itself into pointless and debilitating wars in Southeast Asia—wars that divided your society, set the hawks
against the doves and the young against the old, made your country an international villain, and ultimately ended in defeat? Wasn't this when you
tried to invade Cuba and failed ignominiously? When you supported evil dictators in banana republics across Latin America, as well as in Africa and
Wasn't that when a President of the United States of America was assassinated? When a state governor was turned into a wheelchair case by an attempted
Wasn't that when the FBI had its noses in just about everybody's business, and J. Edgar Hoover was compiling his 'enemies list' (of prominent
Americans) while all dressed up in drag and having sex with Clyde Tolson?
Wasn't that when the abuse of children and the mentally ill by teachers, priests and institutional caregivers was rampant, but evidence and testimony
were ignored because the perpetrators were too 'respectable' to be suspected?
Wasn't that when women were expected to be housewives and helpmeets to their lordly husbands and have no interests and opinions of their own? When
they had to be content with derisory wages and habitual insult if they had the temerity to get themselves, God forbid, a job?
Wasn't that when children often carried bruises (and worse) inflicted on them by parents, teachers and others in authority over them, and nobody
thought to (or could) do a damn' thing about it?
Wasn't that when millions of middle-class Americans were addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol, and didn't even know it, while their doctors just
kept prescribing more and more?
Wasn't that when processed foods were marketed as being healthy and nutritious, and when residual food additives in their bodies meant that Americans
were officially unfit for human consumption?
Wasn't that the era of American rivers and lakes too polluted to support life, of DDT-contaminated eagle eggs that shattered before they hatched, of
choking smog over the cities of the Union?
Wasn't that when the mentally ill were stigmatised and made fun of, or locked away in institutions described by contemporary observes as 'snake-pits',
and 'treated' with electric shocks, mind-killing drugs and castration?
Wasn't that when street crime was commonplace, murder rates were sky-high, and respectable women frequently died from filthy back-street abortions?
Do you think society is in a worse state today than it was then?
And can you prove that the influence of 'the media' over society then was any smaller than it is now?
Overall, I thought there would be more people with open minds on a site called "Above Top Secret".
Oh, there are, there are. You have yet to prove that you are one of them.
edit on 7/3/13 by Astyanax because: of some niggles.