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September 22nd, 2009

Roots; Forensics @ 01:02 am

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Date:September 22nd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
I couldn't've written this, for I'm not a poet, but I heartily agree. There's no TV set in the house, and when there was it was hooked up only to a DVD player. In grade school "social studies" they taught us to point and laugh at the communists for carpet-bombing their populations with endless brainwashing and propaganda via TV. There was, of course, no discussion at all of the fact we got the same shit here they had over there. The content is slightly different — it's adapted for a consumer economy based on ever-expanding consumption fuelled by a carefully-cultivated, insatiable dissatisfaction that can only be quelled temporarily by buying more stuff. At the same time, it discourages deep or critical thinking and enforces other social programming — for all the selfgratulatory crap the TV industry spews about how this or that show was instrumental in breaking down stereotypes, it's obvious many shows require an "other" to mock. When it becomes socially unacceptable to mock one particular kind of "other", they move on to another kind.

Of course, as transairn points out, the internet is just as addictive. This brings problems, but they seem a good bit less severe because of the internet user's active content selection and rejection.

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