From the February 2006 Idaho Observer:
Changing the channel
In the two cartoons appearing in the hardcopy version of this month’s edition of The IO, French cartoonist Andre Bickel has captured the essence of the common man’s modern existence: Our mass minds are held in trance-like states by communications technologies and mass media so that we will sit still for a multi-directional physiological assault. In both cases, the cause-and-effect relationships mass media, drugs, and chemicals have on individuals and societies are known and fully exploited by government and industry. The question then becomes, "How do we, as communities and individuals, awaken from our psychological warfare-induced trance long enough to look around and see the biochemical bombs exploding around us?
Coming soon, our leaders tell us, is an expansion of the war on terror, another terrorist attack here at home and the bird flu. Coming online right now also are the mass trance-inducing/people tracking technologies that have been reported over the last decade by alternative presses as being under development. Apparently "they" are hurriedly deepening our hypnotic state so that when war and chaos cause TVs and radios to stop working and we collectively awaken to Big-Brother’s brave new world we will be too sick to do anything about it. Welcome to Orewll’s 1984—and you thought it was futuristic fiction.
The solution is stop watching corporate TV programming, stop listening to corporate radio programming and stop reading corporate newspapers and magazines—and don’t forget to throw your cell phones away.
TV: The most powerful psychological warfare weapon
by Steven Jacobson
Television is the most powerful weapon of psychological warfare in history. This fact is so important it bears repeating: Television is the most powerful weapon of psychological warfare in history.
Most people do not think of their televisions as weapons because they are regarded as members of the family in many households across the country. Television has been entrusted with the care of the youth of this nation as a baby sitter. For many people, it is the primary source of news, information and entertainment. After a hard day of life in America, many people come home tired and plop themselves down on the sofa or their favorite easy chair, reach for the remote, turn on the TV and put their mind on hold.
Think of the times you have observed young children or senior citizens motionless in front of the TV. They wear a vacant, glassy-eyed look on their faces because they are in a trance-like state. Although it is not consciously perceived, the picture projected on the TV screen is actually flickering. We do not see the flickering consciously, but subconsciously the repetitive pattern of the flickering image induces a hypnotic state of mind in those who are vulnerable to that form of psychological suggestion.
Since television is literally "plugging" itself into the brain and central nervous system, our bodies are physiologically, as well as psychologically, responding to television.
Though there are an innumerable progression of examples, one stands out as memorable to many. In December, 1997, 700 children in Japan were hospitalized after watching an episode of the popular "Pokemon" TV cartoon. On this particular episode, stroboscopic flashes of light pulsated from the eyes of one of the cartoon’s characters, causing epileptic-like seizures in some of the children who were viewing it. Other children experienced muscle spasms, dizziness and nausea.
Attention deficit disorder was practically unheard of before the advent of television. Constantly changing camera angles and quick cutting from one scene to another, techniques that were developed for TV commercials and music videos, have been more common among the various types of programming. These techniques effectively train into the brain a short attention span for the beholder. Programs edited in this manner cause corresponding electro-chemical changes in the brain which releases endorphines to cause viewers to experience a drug-like effect.
A child sitting motionless while fixated on the TV screen is getting an electronic "fix." Children who are fidgety, unable to focus and demonstrating nervous energy will often calm down quickly when allowed to sit and watch TV. This scenario infers that children can become psychologically and physiologically-addicted to television in a manner every bit as serious as an addiction to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.
The principles of mind control, hypnotic suggestion and mental programming are ancient. Modern technology allows the implementation of these age-old principles on a scale massive enough to influence the thinking and behavior of large numbers of people. The goal of those using modern technology to program the thoughts and actions of entire nations is to suspend the thought processes of the conscious mind and leave them open to suggestion.
The first objective of the commerical advertiser or the government propagandist is to create the conditions that will produce a state of mind favorable to receiving their message(s). That state of mind is the hypnotic state and television is capable of inducing this altered state of consciousness automatically, regardless of program content, due to the nature of the medium itself.
This makes television the most potent instrument of mass persuasion in the history of the world.
Think for a moment about the way newscasters speak and you will realize that they all talk the same way regardless of ethnic background. Whether they are black, white, hispanic or oriental, with few exceptions, they all sound alike. The patterned speech of the newscaster is similar to that of a hypnotist. The newscaster looks directly into the camera and into the eyes of the viewer—a technique that has been used by hypnotists for centuries. Coupled with the newscaster being a trusted and respected authority figure, his ability to encourage acceptance of the information being presented as true and accurate is magnified.
It is no accident that television networks have "programming" departments, that the lineup of shows is called "programming" and each individual show is called a "program." The Orwellian world of mind control is a present day reality. It arrived unnoticed because people were conditioned not to notice. There could be no effective propaganda without the support of the mass media in general and television in particular.
The consolidation of the ownership of presses, radio, television and movies makes the coordination of propaganda possible. Though generally regarded as a classic work of fiction, the novel "1984" by George Orwell was a warning of what would happen to people who lost their freedom of mind without being "aware" while it was being taken from them through artful abuses of emotional and intellectual mind manipulation/control techniques.
Most people do not pay conscious attention to things that affect them subconsciously. They do not usually know what to look for until these things are pointed out to them. The most effective way to protect yourself, your family and your community from subconscious manipulation is by being aware of how it works.
According to Homer Simpson, the underachieving father figure on the long-running adult cartoon "The Simpsons," the answers to life’s problems are on TV. And, like cartoon characters, the American people have been programmed to turn on the TV and select network programming for answers.
Our world has devolved to a state of perpetual war and conflict. That the people tolerate this state is due largely to psychological warfare being waged on them through television programming. This places mind control at the top of the list as the most important issue facing society today.
Ask yourself, if the people were in control of their own thoughts and not influenced by a barrage of media-induced propaganda, would they, on their own authority, tolerate the world as it exists today or would they demand a more just, compassionate and cooperative world?
The first freedom from which all other freedoms are derived is freedom of the mind. If the present state of world affairs is to change, we will have to break free of the programming and begin thinking independently again.
Steven Jacobson spent 13 years in the film industry and is a graduate of the Boston University School of Communications. Once he realized how the mass media was manipulating the minds of Americans without their knowledge or consent, he abandoned filmmaking. Jacobson then dedicated his energies to researching the hypnotic techniques being used to trance-form free-thinking individuals into mindless conmsumers and malleable tools of government. Jacobsen’s research has culminated in the development of the "Mind Control in America" audio series available on cassette or CD. To order these educational audios, write MCiA Media, PO Box 15734, Winston-Salem, NC 27113. You can also call Jacobson at
(336) 723-6535 or visit the website atwww.mindcontrolinamerica.com
Who owns the media?
(newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, music, movies, wire services and photo agencies)
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote "in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media." He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. In 2004, Bagdikian published "The New Media Monopoly, showing that only 5 huge corporations—Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) — now control most of the media industry in America. General Electric’s NBC is a close sixth.
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