Updated 8/21/11. Another small add-on in the Music section, concerning looks, and lead singers…………
Updated 8/15/11. New bits added throughout, with general improvements and updates of the existing material.
“But don’t be fooled by the radio, the TV or the magazines
They’ll show you photographs of how your life should be
But they’re just someone else’s fantasies
So if you think your life is complete confusion
‘Cause you never win the game
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same.”
- Styx, “The Grand Illusion”
“And my dirty dreams all come alive on my TV screen
And assassination plots
Show me what I haven’t got
Show me what I love, who I’m supposed to be
Show me everything I need
Show it all to me
Show it all to me”
- The Goo Goo Dolls, “Flat Top”
This is the write up where I examine the various aspects of the media, from television, movies, radio, magazines, the internet, etc. and what sorts of agendas and strangeness I’ve noticed over the years…..
Television – aka “The Glass Teat” or “The Zombie Box”
Television is an interesting topic, because pretty much most of the population owns a TV and watches one on a regular basis. The idea of television is so ingrained into our society that to not watch it is to be an anomaly. To live in two worlds usually means to have given up most aspects of the media, including television. For myself, I haven’t had cable hookup since 1998. All these years being TV-free, save for those times I’ve glimpsed it while traveling or while at work or in public. It’s nice.
Watching television is an avenue for disengaging your mind where you sit in a trance state, absorbing what is presented to you on the screen, in between being bombarded with commercials telling you what to do and who to be. Following is a good summary of what my biggest peeves with TV are: (note…this was originally compiled in 2007; recently, due to being on the road again and staying in motels with access to TV I’ve noticed a few more things, so have updated the list to include the latest observations as well….)
1. “Dream logic” and absurdity. Commercials – and even show plots – that increasingly make absolutely NO sense. It’s disjointed randomness slapped together, or people acting like buffoon clowns, not even remotely resembling anything going on in the real world. Here’s one interesting example of the current state of “dream logic” within TV show plots. Henry Makow felt that the plot was depraved; maybe so, but it was also completely absurd. !!! The more I read, the worse it got, just disintegrating into complete nonsense. What does watching disjointed illogical (gross out/depraved) nuttiness do to people over time I wonder? Rhetorical question, of course.
[On a side note – Kid’s cartoons also have to be noted as well. Comparing today’s cartoons with those of previous decades, the “animation” is often times second rate, with purposely ugly and assymetrical character features, and plots that play out in a spazzy, disjointed way. Hyper choppy movements, chaotic backgrounds, and lots of visual “noise.” And nothing happening in these cartoons really makes any sense. There’s no real coherent plot going on. Compare some of today’s cartoons to old cartoons, such as Scooby Doo, The Jetsons, Muppet Babies, The Flintstones, and so on. !! It all serves a very calculated purpose though – create scramble brain. When people are scrambled, they can’t think and be effective. I feel sorry for the kids born in the 90s and beyond, because they really got the short end of the stick with their entertainment. “Stuff” moved in to kick things up a few notches for them, not just with cartoons and television programs, but with their toys, video games, and everything in general. The cartoons and entertainment they watch is just one component of a mass attempt at brain scramble.]
2. Desensitization of the masses/Agendas. During the summer of 2007, while taking a trip to the northeast, I was staying in a hotel room, giving me access to TV. I was a bit shocked to say the least at what I was seeing. A commercial featuring a couple in their mid to late 20s driving in a car – the car goes BUMP over something in the road. The guy driver is grinning from ear to ear. It turns out they just ran something over – the girlfriend asks, Shouldn’t we go back? looking over her shoulder at the road behind them, wondering what it is. Still grinning with that maniac grin, the guy laughs that he just ran over a raccoon. Back in 2004 while staying at a motel during our move to Virginia I saw an episode of Fear Factor, and before I realized it was going to happen, the host of the show took a container of live maggots, dumped them into a blender and put it on high. Then the contestants had to drink it.
Animal cruelty, sexual degradation, violence, these are all the normal parts of television when you flip it on nowadays, and the younger generation who’ve been raised on it don’t know any better. They think this is normal. Things get worse, and worse, with every passing year. Back in 2007 I was watching one of those VH-1 countdown shows in a motel room during a road trip and couldn’t believe the things that were coming out of some of the “talking puppets’” mouths who were giving their irrelevant two cents on the various people who had made it onto the list. As crazy as this sounds I actually questioned whether it was real. The things that the people were saying made me wonder uh, is this broadcast really real?? Or is somebody playing with me??? I had good reason to wonder this, since the talking heads had these big grins and big empty crazy eyes. They didn’t look like real people. When I got back from my trip I even posted at my then-favorite message board about my experiences with what I saw on TV, and concluded Okay people, we have officially been taken over by the body snatchers. Those were NOT humans I was seeing. I remember what VH-1 used to be years ago, and it’s not even the same network anymore. Why they still call it VH-1, “Video Hits 1” as it originally was, is beyond me. Now it’s a “Hot List Countdown” network full of bizarre/gross commentary given by puppets with crazed grins and empty eyes.
3. Tabloid and/or “news” shows that will do and say ANYTHING to get your attention and get you tuned in. One example being the OJ interview that had been in the works, called “If I Did It.” As soon as he announced he was going to write a hypothetical account, with accompanying interviews, the media was clammering all over it, desperately trying to hook viewers’/readers’ attentions with it. “LOOK HERE! LOOK HERE! HERE!HERE!HERE!!!!” Then when the public backlash kicked in, it was later revealed that the whole thing wasn’t real, and that OJ never planned to do that. So what’s really going on here? Do we even want to know? !!! So many of the stories being featured on these tabloid news shows are just transparently desperate in their sensationalism.
4. Condescending. The way so many programs talk down to people, using simple vocabulary and sentence structure geared at about a fifth grade level, while keeping everything super short because they believe you wouldn’t be able to sustain attention for longer than one minute here, and one minute there. If you’re dumb you won’t notice it. If you’re smart you’ll have no tolerance for it.
5. CNN and any nightly news program. All gloom and doom and fear and terror, propaganda, lies and more lies, all the time. A ‘net friend once forwarded an interesting movie featured on Google called Militainment, which discusses the way in which television is controlled by the Pentagon, the huge propaganda machine with the war in Iraq, and the way the war is being portrayed on CNN and the nightly news like a fun and exciting movie from Hollywood.
6. Pointless chatter puff pieces. One time back in 2008 or so I was sitting in the waiting area of a car repair shop, waiting for my car, and they had a TV set up and going for the customers. There was no way to turn it off either, apparently, because trust me I looked. ;) I was subjected to a whole hour of “Regis and Kelly” and then a whole hour of Kathy Lee and Hoda, and after two hours of hyper amped up chatter about absolutely nothing, and then all the commercials on top of it, let’s just say….I actually felt like I was going slightly bonkers. My head was swimming and I felt agitated. I don’t know how people watch this stuff every day and can tolerate the manic, fake chatter and nonstop “listen to what I have to say!” aggressive ego posturing. (Same thing with all the “news” shows that are on every morning, and the manic bantering and nonstop forceful commentary on everything.) A big part of what’s going on here is an attempt to program listeners with the opinions and insights given by these manic puppets. “This is what you need to think! This is how you need to view these situations! This is the way you need to be!!!!!” Shaping you into their particular mold. TV also wants to keep your head busy with pointless chatter/internal dialogue so that you never have time to clear your head and be focused. Why? Because then you might actually have your own thoughts, and think of meaningful, important things. And the Powers That Be definitely don’t want THAT now, God forbid. Society is programmed to believe that it needs to listen to the inane banter of what other people have to say about everything, all the time. How about a nice dose of silence instead? shhhhhhhhhhh……….now there’s a novel idea.
7. “Reality” TV. Again, I don’t even own a TV so I know I’m out of the loop with most of it, but even I can tell from where I sit (and thanks to the ‘net) that “reality” shows are what now dominates the airwaves. Everybody wants to be famous, even if it’s for nothing. You no longer have to have actual talent, and you didn’t even have to do anything. So long as the public somehow knows your name from somewhere, or you’re connected to somebody that the public may have heard about, that’s good enough. You’re in. Now you get a camera crew to follow your every mundane move, script out the situations and scenarios you want to have happen, cleverly edit everything, and voila! I’ve watched clips on YouTube of various “reality” shows to see what the fuss was all about, and it’s interesting just how mundane these people’s lives really are. But because they’re on TV, and glammed up with the hair, makeup and wardrobe, it somehow convinces the average person that they’re better than you…..and actually worth watching. Even though they’re usually not nice people, have zero talent, dull personalities, and are dumber than a box of rocks. Or to put it another way: People are throwing their own lives away in order to watch these dull, talentless, low IQ robots living theirs. It’s insane. There are endless “reality” shows, way too many to get into here, but its absolutely epidemic by this point in 2011, and it’s safe to say they’re all scripted, and feature talentless idiots. It’s time to wake up from the illusion. The movie “Network” from 1979 has a great quote from Howard Beale that’s very fitting for this aspect of TV in particular: “We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true! But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We’re all you know! You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here! You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal!” Indeed.
8. Dramatized mundanity. Shows about absolutely nothing, basically. That’s the latest that I noticed in 2012 while recently spending about three weeks staying in various motels, giving me lots of access to TV. Forget the “old school” reality programs where you have like, the “real” housewives of New Jersey, or cameras following around Kim Kardashian who became famous for a sex tape and for being the sidekick of Paris Hilton (who became famous because she’s a socialite granddaughter of some hotel owner…..) now you have shows that are just totally dramatized mundane nonsense. I saw one about “bidding wars” where shipping companies compete to have the lowest bid for some person looking to ship something across the country. Another one was about “parking wars,” and something about people fighting in parking lots to park their cars in the same spot or something. I don’t know. But this is what they’re making shows about now. Absolutely nothing.
And that’s not even counting the spy technology in your cable boxes, all the subliminal ads and messages inserted in at every turn, whatever wave beams may be emitted by your TV and its accessories, and the new mandatory switch from analog to high definition (HD) TV. With millions upon millions of people tuned in and “plugged in” worldwide, you have to wonder how that is……exploited, by those with the technological know-how. Even though I don’t own a TV, the switch to HD in particular has still gotten my interest. Just the idea that TPTB have made HD mandatory, giving viewers no other option but to either buy the converter or else have a TV that’s now useless junk. That’s a bit……..weird, wouldn’t you say?! O.o I’ve never heard of something like that. At least with other conspiratorial agendas the public still has options….from microwave ovens, to fluoridated water, vaccinations, aluminum and Teflon cookware, etc., we the public still have the freewill choice to say no. For TV owners, the option has been removed. If you don’t switch, you can’t watch. Sorry. Maybe this will encourage many TV owners to just give it all the heave ho and quit, which is always a good thing. But most will probably just begrudgingly convert. And that leaves many aware types wondering what’s really going on with HD TV, how it interacts with the brain, and how it can be used to better program the people watching it. We’re already surrounded by many asleep zombies in the world, but I’m wondering if we’ll see a sudden spike in even more tranced-out asleep people when the switchover to HD is finally complete?
I have two of my “ultimate TV anecdotes” which I’ll relay here, because it’s so fitting: But back in 2005 I briefly worked at what I nicknamed the “Illuminati hotel”, and which had a one-channel TV going in the break room. It was mandatory for this TV to be on, to CNN, all day long. Any time I was in the break room by myself though I always shut it off. I have no tolerance to even hear stuff like CNN going in the background. It agitates and amps me up. Can’t deal. So I’d be sitting in blissful quiet, eating and reading, and guaranteed, somebody else would come into the room and become just as “!!!!!!” about the fact that the TV was off. Complete opposite reaction. They’d visibly get nervous, or even frown at me, trying to make me seem like a weirdo, and turn it back on and be glued to it the rest of the time they were in the room.
Another time I was passing through the crowded break room and saw one of the HR girls sitting at her table, fork suspended in mid air, mouth hanging open, face transfixed by the television set mounted from the ceiling in front of her. I turned to look at what she was so mesmerized by and saw a manic commercial with people jumping around like clown buffoons, hyper music going, just total ridiculous nonsense. I turned back to her and announced loudly to the room, pointing at the television as I continued walking past, “THAT’S why I don’t watch TV!”
She looked at me like, Huh? pulling herself out of her trance. Slowly and confused she said, “Why? Because you don’t like ____?” (insert product name, can’t remember what it was.)
I was like, !!!! “NO! Because of commercials like THAT!”
Hello, talk about missing the point. She didn’t even know that her fork was suspended in mid air or that her mouth had been hanging open, didn’t realize she was entranced, totally missed the point of what I was saying and STILL didn’t get or “see” it even after I pointed it out to her.
In that break room I was surrounded by employees of every color, from multi cultural backgrounds, many of them not even from America, but nobody else got it. People thought I was weird when I’d point stuff out or question what we were seeing. Like the time there was some interview going of a woman whose daughter had been kidnapped back in 1985 and never found. The interviewer furrowed her brows, trying her best to mimic how we humans do the emotion called “concern” and asked, “How did that make you feel when you learned your daughter had been kidnapped?” I heard that and said “WHAT?!” my head whipping over towards the TV. “How does she think it made her feel? Happy?” Yeah, I realize I was talking at the TV ;) but still, nobody agreed with me or nodded. Most people don’t see it I’ve learned, no matter what their background or where they’re from, a fact that truly mystifies me…and scares me.
Two of the biggest shows of the 90s (and maybe ever, as far as I understand) “Friends,” and “Seinfeld”…….never seen one episode. Seen only a couple of random clips from each, but never a full episode. Same goes for others 90s biggies “ER,” “Home Improvement”, “Law and Order” “Ally McBeal” “Spin City,” “Party of Five,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “NYPD Blue,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Will and Grace,” “Mad About Your,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” etc. etc. etc. and pretty much any show starring a stand up comedian. Never seen one episode of any of them, even when I did have TV. I’d constantly hear these shows names being mentioned (and I had to do a Google search on the phrase “90’s TV shows” to remember the names to mention here ;D ) but I’d always be lost as to what they involved. With no interest in finding out either. And the last time I saw an episode of “The Simpsons” was in 1990 in 10th grade. But apparently that one won’t die. Kind of shocking. In retrospect I realize how rare that actually is, to have been a part of mainstream life, not living in a cave, and yet, never having ever watched one episode of any of these shows. Because I was too busy reading, writing, taking pictures and trying to experience life. :D More recently in the post-2000s there’s shows like “Lost,” “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “30 Rock,” “Scrubs,” “The OC,” “Survivor,” “Charmed,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Curb your Enthusiasm,” “Alias,” etc. many of which were/are watched religiously by people I’ve known over the years. Never seen one episode. (had to do google searches for these ones too, trying different search phrases.) It doesn’t mean I haven’t seen any TV shows….ones I have watched since the early 90s were Roseanne, Beavis and Butthead, My So Called Life, Daria, South Park, American Dad (which I stopped watching after it began having too many questionable moments in it, including “killing innocent animals” and such), Stargate SG-1, Fringe, V, Falling Skies, Revolution, The Walking Dead, and on YouTube I’ve looked up clips of random things, like late night talk show stuff and other things. It just means over the past 15 years or so I’ve been out of the loop with probably 99% of TV, which for me is a good thing. All most of it is doing is telling people “This is how you’re supposed to interact with each other, this is how you’re supposed to talk and react and look and walk and be.” I will say this…..now that TV shows are more readily available on the internet it means I’ve found myself more susceptible to watching downloaded shows. But even then I have my boyfriend to thank for it. It’s usually his idea, stuff he brings to my attention. It’s all his fault!!!! :D Otherwise I never would have watched the last six shows mentioned in my above list.
Newspapers – Forget it and go make your own news.
The newspapers are mostly all lies, so since they serve no real purpose, out the window they go too. Most papers have content that is 99% negatively oriented, with stories that have no relevance to anything that’s happening to you personally, and they usually concern things that you can do absolutely nothing about. What purpose does it serve to know about who’s slaughtering whom half a world away?? Especially when the incidents in question have already taken place, so there’s nothing anybody can do about it now? You know, just wondering. It’s all just another avenue for The Powers That Be (TPTB) to peddle a version of reality that they want you to believe and accept. The real incidents of a conspiratorial nature rarely if ever get covered by any paper that’s corporate owned. So if you never read the newspaper, you’d be no worse off in my opinion. It would not directly affect you, or your day-to-day happenings, other than you’d have to find some other substitute to read on the bus, subway, or on your lunch break at work.
Actually, I forgot, newspapers do serve one useful purpose — they make great absorbent liners to go underneath my cat’s litter box for those times when she misses the box and accidentally pees on the floor. ;) But if you’re looking for truth, you’re not going to find it on those black and white pages. The newspaper’s “truth” is not your truth. Your truth is all around you. Just start paying attention. It can be found within the events of your life. The real news is outside your front door. Grab a camera and go poke around and investigate. Make your own news. You’ll be surprised what you find, even in the most seemingly boring of small towns.
The internet…personally, I love the internet, it’s probably the greatest modern invention of Mankind. It least it has some usefulness and doesn’t have forced, mandatory commercials. And with ad-blockers, you can eliminate even the annoying still-frame ads. There’s 50 billion websites to choose from on every topic under the sun, you can actually learn something, and, there’s at least some sort of interaction going on between you and others. The internet is fascinating, because basically, it’s changed life as we know it. For better or worse, it’s hard to tell sometimes. Shopping online, banking online, finding mates online or friends with common interests, books online, movies online. Email. If you want to know anything – anything – you just hop on your favorite search engine and do a search. You can access anything you want, the world over, instantaneously. Most people use the internet so often that they no longer take a moment to comprehend this fact. Remember the days of going to the library? No? Me neither. ;) The entire planet is connected. There has NEVER been anything like it. It wields awesome power. And it’s scary to think of how much will be lost when and if civilization ever does go down…again. For one brief shining moment in Version 5.0’s history, we had something like this. Use it wisely, is all I can suggest. Take every advantage of it while it lasts.
But, there are the drawbacks that we all have to be very mindful of, of course. It can be as addicting as television. It uses up hours of people’s days, keeping them from interacting with their families, or engaging in meaningful hobbies. It can be abused with “negative content” of an exploitative nature, and used to spread lies and disinformation…and at insane speeds like never before. It can be information overload, encouraging a short attention span, as people rapidly click from site to site to site. Not much difference between a television remote control and a computer mouse in that regard. Information overload also leads to busy mind with non-stop chattering internal dialogue. And sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time has negative physical effects. On the eyes. On the body due to lack of physical exercise. And from the electromagnetic waves pouring off the screen. Being around electronic equipment isn’t healthy by any means.
While the internet is fantastic for networking and finding like minded people all over the world, it simultaneously encourages people to become disconnected from each other. Go to any internet gossip blog or message form and you’ll often find people saying the most vile things not only about entertainment performers, but back and forth to each other as they fight and rip each other apart in anonymous giddy glee, safely protected behind their computer screens. People say things on the internet that they’d never say to someone’s face, and this encourages dehumanization. “People” are often times now just words on a screen, and images to rip apart. By this point in 2011 it seems nearly every news site and blog out there has a corresponding comments section, but I’ve learned to stop reading them. It’s always the same old predictable nonsense, every time, like a computer program or script, and it’ll just make you lose all hope for humanity pretty much. IF humans are actually even writing these comments, which I do seriously wonder since they’re always the same, no matter what the site. A lot of people probably don’t notice “patterns in the chaos” and the repetitive, almost textbook nature of the comments that appear all over the ‘net……. but I do. So just don’t even bother to read them anymore, is what I’ve learned.
And on a deeper metaphysical level, there’s the concept of Rudolf Steiner’s Ahrimaic Consciousness, which is the mechanical, robotic side of Man, that is already spreading like wildfire. It’s too large of a topic to get into here, but planting oneself for hours a day in front of a computers and electronic equipment will do something to your personality and life force. And with an interconnected medium such as the spiderweb internet, be mindful of the “critters” that reside in other realms who use it to their advantage.
Magazines – Somebody pushed the “repeat” button and walked away….
In my “Thoughts” section I have a blurb about the repetitious nature of the mass media, specifically radio and magazines, and how the world around us seems to be on “repeat” mode. The world changes…but so much stays the same. Women’s magazines run the same stories, month after month. The same topics, the same issues. Simultaneously pushing food, while in the next breath trying to convince you that you’re fat and need to diet. How to find a man, how to keep your man. Sex sex and more sex. The latest fashion/hair/cosmetic trends. Celebs. More food. More sex. More celebs. Repeat. Hello! Can we wake up from this looping nightmare already?? Hasn’t anybody noticed that most magazines, women’s especially, all have the same format and run the same interchangeable stories? What a colossal waste of trees.
Not too long ago it was discovered that some magazines, like Men’s Health and such, were running the same covers from several years before. You want to talk about being on “repeat mode.” Nothing tops actually re-running content from several years back. And doing it multiple times, no less. I can’t imagine who would actually pay for a subscription to these men’s and women’s fashion/health/lifestyle mags anyway, and actually pour over the content like it’s brand new and innovative, real and meaningful. These mags are basically wallpaper background. They keep people employed, annnnnnnnd…that’s about it. And while we’re on the topic of “Men’s Health” magazine, if you click on the link that I posted and then look closely at what these repeating headlines actually involved, you’ll see things like “30 Red Hot Sex Secrets,” “Look Better – Instantly!” “Make Good Sex Great!” “What Sexy Women Love!” “Dress For More Sex!” “More Sex, Hotter Sex!” “The Sex of Your Dreams (And Hers)!” I don’t know, doesn’t that sound exactly like the crap that’s all over the covers of the women’s mags? Talk about shallow and idiotic. The covers of other men’s mags are even more telling, with their emphasis on looks, hair, diet/body sculpting and clothes. Why only target 50% of the population for selling health, beauty and fashion products to when you can target everybody and make twice the money? First they distorted the women, then they turned the men into those same, distorted caricatures of women. Get everybody neurotic and fixated on their bodies and fashion, get everybody obsessed about sex and how well they “perform.”
The Music Industry
There’s so much conspiracy going on within the music industry I wouldn’t even know where to begin, from who really controls things, who dictates who gets to make it and who doesn’t, the occult underbelly, the mind controlled performers, and of course the social engineering agendas. It could be whole article in itself. This is just my surface scratching commentary on a few random things. (If you’re interested in this subject see my ‘Media Conspiracy Links’ writeup for links to other sites and blogs that dissect things more in-depth.)
But with mainstream radio it’s the same repetitive deal as the mags. Excluding independently owned stations that play a variety of music and encourage local musicians, the corporate owned radio stations all run on the same format. Goofy morning show in the a.m., with over caffeinated perky hosts guffawing through your speakers; “Two-For Tuesdays,” the “All Request Lunch Hour”; and the afternoon show for the ride home. And the worst offender of all: The repetitive play list. Playing the same 100 songs, over and over and over and over and over. With Top 40 stations, it’s the 100 most popular songs of the moment, endlessly pounded into your head. With stations that cater to the 60’s – 90’s, it’s the same select few songs from certain artists….as if they never recorded any other songs or had multiple albums. And never mind the programming that occurs from all the manic, amped up commercials that always have the volume turned up higher than the songs.
The world of music also seems to have reached a stagnant stalemate. I’ve seen many a comment on the internet saying the same thing that my boyfriend and I have noticed, that the music coming out nowadays….sucks, basically. It doesn’t seem able to duplicate what was going on years ago. The biggest offender of them all in my opinion of all modern mainstream music is the so-called “Emo” genre. It agitates me when I have to be subjected to it in public, and when finding examples of it on YouTube with my boyfriend it actually pained my ears when we were listening to it. !! I kept involuntarily plugging my ears. It is seriously the most god awful “singing” I’ve ever heard. Nasally whining and screeching. So many bands and singers, male and female, do that screeching thing nowadays, like somebody somewhere is dictating to every new band out there “This is how you have to sing. You can’t sing in the old style.” Whatever happened to guys singing like guys with a deep voice, bass, vibrato, and utilizing harmonies?? If somebody wants real “emo” then look no further than “Black,” by Pearl Jam, though nobody called it “emo” back then. It was just considered alt rock. It’s one of those songs that whenever I finish listening to it I think “Now that’s a song.” Same thing with “Down in a Hole” by Alice in Chains.
When I was a kid in the 80s I felt out of place in this time period (major past life holdovers I take it, missing the time period that I used to be in, etc. etc. ;) ) so I didn’t appreciate much of the music that was going on back then at the time….but I do now. From my current vantage point in the post 2000s, the music from back then almost seems genius compared to what’s going on nowadays. Take a listen to a handful of my personal faves from the late 70’s to late 80s, and compare them to what you’ll hear if you turn on the radio today – INXS, “Don’t Change”; The B52s, “Private Idaho”; Pat Benetar, “We Belong”; The Church, “Under the Milky Way”; Rush, “Subdivisions”; Love and Rockets, “Haunted When the Minutes Drag”; The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”; Duran Duran “Save a Prayer”; The Police “King of Pain,” Til Tuesday, “Voices Carry”; and pretty much anything by Siouxsie and the Banshees, or the Cars. The music back then, even from the more restrained British and Australian bands, displayed life, soul, melodious harmonies, quirkiness, innovation and experimentation that’s lacking in most of what you’ll hear today. Why is that? Seriously…what in the hell happened?!! As my boyfriend and I were agreeing, something seemed to die by the late 90s, something changed.
And here’s an idea/question concerning music – how is that seemingly unrelated bands from different areas of the country that get “discovered” by talent scouts and signed on to recording labels somehow all managed to come up with the same exact sound, so that when they are featured on the radio and MTV, every band’s sound matches with the others creating that “sound of the moment” ?? This isn’t something that pertains to just the present day either, this is something that goes back decades. Why is it that every time period must have a “certain sound”? And who determines what this sound will be? Also, if society was able to come up with a particular musical sound or genre in one decade, are we to believe that it wasn’t feasible several years prior? It seems almost too silly and obvious to ponder. It’s something that really hit my boyfriend and I several years ago, and which I’ve been wondering about ever since. The whole “sound of the moment” thing is another programming tool when you think about it, because it forces the herd into accepting limited choices and options. “This is all you have to listen to at the moment. This is all that has been ‘invented’ as of yet.”
Let’s look at 80’s rock/glam rock and metal as a good example of something relating to this. Anybody who’s ever listened to this type of music has probably noticed that many of the lead singers of most of the well known bands were all good looking, sometimes ridiculously so, to the point of rivaling women, and usually blond. You could almost say there was a formula. I don’t know, isn’t that just an amazing coincidence that so many of those bands that supposedly all formed independently on their own, with no outside help, just so happened to land lead singers who could double as male models, and all managed to come up with the same interchangeable sound? hmmmmm. ;) A short list of glam rock and metal bands and their blond, often times blue eyed, good looking singers that could double as male models: Van Halen, and David Lee Roth; Poison, and Brett Michaels; Guns and Roses, and Axl Rose; and we’ll throw in this compilation as well for fun. Skid Row, and Sebastian Bach; (there were so many pics of Sebastian Bach looking like a model I couldn’t decide which one to pick :D so I found a page that has a whole compilation of them.) Bon Jovi, and Jon Bon Jovi; Let’s throw this one in there too for fun. Hanoi Rocks and Michael Monroe (he’s the only blond one, obviously ;) ) Winger, and Kip Winger Warrant, and Jani Lane; Slaughter, and Mark Slaughter (he’s the middle guy on the top row) White Lion, and Mike Tramp; Europe, and Joey Tempest; And then to a lesser degree there’s also Motley Crue and Vince Neil; And there are of course the hair metal/glam rock bands that have dark brunette leads but who still look way better than the average guy. So again, the male model thing going on.
And then relating to that, I’ve thought to myself on multiple occasions that if it wasn’t for the fact that the blond, blue eyed Kurt Cobain looked as good as he did, then I don’t think Nirvana would have gotten their break, let alone the huge fan base, and let alone the insane amount of media attention when he died. And Eminem may be a great rapper, but I’m thinking the fact that he’s blond, blue eyed, and as good looking as he is probably explains a whole lot about how he found himself going as far as he did. If he looked like a yokel then it wouldn’t have mattered how well he rapped. 8 Mile Road would have been the end of the line for him.
Basically you can find this repeating pattern throughout mainstream, successful music. It’s all about the looks, which makes sense when you want to appeal to people and get them motivated to buy the albums and the posters. (Anybody with common sense knows that if Justin Bieber didn’t look the way he did then it wouldn’t have mattered how talented and precocious he was. He simply would never have been signed, end of story. And then you have another figure in the music industry who, despite being dead for decades, has become an absolute icon that will never die. Jim Morrison. Was it because of some sort of amazing singing ability? Um no. More like, he was one of the most insanely good looking rockers to ever grace a poster. ) But you have to wonder how these record execs manage to hit the male model jackpot so consistently in terms of their male leads. (To the point where in some of these bands you have the male model looking lead singer surrounded by total Gollums. :D ) What are the odds of consistently finding bands out there that all just so happen to have lead singers with model looks who also just so happen to also be able to sing (or rap) and play instruments and write music so well? ;) Rhetorical question as food for thought. I’ll let readers come to their own conclusions about what may be going on there. But I will direct people to peruse over Dave McGowen’s Inside the LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation. It starts off talking about Jim Morrison and who his father was in the military, and goes on from there, winding its way through all the other major players of the 60s music scene and the way they all connect like a giant spider web with military intelligence connections at their core. If that’s what was going on back in the 60s, extrapolate from there to imagine how things had gotten in more recent times.
Movies and Hollyweird
Movies, with the rare exception of those meaningful message movies loaded with symbolisms and analogous truths about our reality, are for the most part completely useless. The average movie is geared toward the mindset of a twelve year old, complete with gross out toilet humor and physical “comedy” where people being maimed and killed is now played for laughs. A ha ha! A ha ha!
There’s the standard sadistic horror gore bonanza, involving people being maimed and killed in grotesque and demonic ways for fear harvesting purposes, numbing the audience with endless scenes of dehumanization. The “Saw” series, the “Hostel” series, etc., and the never ending parade of movies centering around serial killers. Every famous serial killer out there now has a movie about them. “Become a serial killer and attain eternal fame and glory!” I keep “joking” to my boyfriend over the past year [this was years ago, back when this article was first written] that there’s no point in going to Blockbuster to find a movie because there’s only going to be demonic ghastly movie covers every other movie. Have you noticed that, what’s going on with movie stores? C-level straight-to-video demonic freak fare has taken over the shelves, with their DVD covers that have the same cookie cutter gritty coloring and graphic design and images of people bound up with torture instruments, decaying flesh and bones, dismembered body parts, blood, knives, mouths and eyes stitched up, demonic faces, etc. With every year it gets worse, and worse, and worse. They’re nearly on the brink of mainstreaming snuff films. Because that’s what these movies almost amount to. Agendas. Desensitize the masses. As a result I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to Blockbuster. And I’ve been a member since ’94, so, that says a lot. I’m just sick and tired of the crappy movie selection and DVD box covers. In fact I may as well just cut my membership card in half and call it a day since I’ve resorted to getting movies online now! [Update: ha. All the Blockbusters in our town closed, which is pretty much the case nationwide. Bye bye Blockbuster!]
Related to this is the way in which many movies nowadays try to slip in shocking scenes and material out of nowhere. It’s stuff that doesn’t need to be there and may involve injury, rape, torture or death of innocent people, children and animals. It’s like you can’t watch anything nowadays without seeing some animal/pet getting killed for laughs, or a baby or child getting injured for laughs. It’s one thing when a movie advertises itself as demonic freak fare – you know going in what it is, you can’t pretend to be shocked – but when a movie slips in shocking gratuitous stuff out of nowhere that has nothing to do with the movie’s plot it makes you feel like you just had the rug pulled out from under you, and that you were tricked. Sometimes you’ll see this on a more minor level, but it’s still stuff that would not have previously been seen in a movie in the past. A recent example would be the movie “The Hangover.” I was watching the trailer on YouTube and there’s the scene where one of the guys asks the other guy who’s got the baby strapped on his chest, “Should you really be the guy taking care of that baby?”…….right as the guy with the baby opens the car door and accidentally conks the baby in the head/face with it. The baby lets out a wail, and I guess the audience is supposed to crack up. I understand the humor they were going for, emphasizing the guy’s bumbling ineptness, but there’s something a bit not right with humor that comes at the expense of wounded babies (or animals) getting bashed in the face. I can’t laugh. It’s our instinct to get upset at the sight of an injured baby. Well…it’s the instinct of true humans, anyway. That’s alright though, in the trailer for “Hangover 2” they have the running joke about a baby’s “weenis,” including taking the baby’s balled up fist and moving it up and down to simulate him jacking himself. When it comes to animals, I was watching the trailer for “Paul Blart, Mall Cop” and at the very end of the trailer you see Paul rolling along on a Segueway, being chased by a yap yap dog….then the dog accidentally runs underneath the wheels, letting out a painful yelp, going silent. The implication being the dog just got killed. Oh, that’s just so funny. Aha ha ha! Aha ha ha! (eye roll.)
Toilet humor has also completely taken over all the “comedies” going on in recent years. I don’t watch most of them, but all you have to do is watch the trailers, because it’s in there. Shitting and farting, and now “sharting,” dominates, and especially if it involves women. Saw the trailer for “The Change Up” which of course featured what’s supposed to be a good looking female pulling her pants down……but not for sexy time, as it at first seems, but rather so she can quickly sink down onto the toilet seat to relieve herself of diarrhea right in full view of her appalled man who waits for her in bed. Wow, yeah, that’s just hysterical. In 2006’s “Along Came Polly” it was actually a plot point that Ben Stiller’s character had Irritable Bowel Syndrome, just so they could work in all the toilet humor situations and up close sounds of his gurgling intestinal gas. Comedy genius right there I tell ya. That’s not even counting Alec Baldwin’s “farting while at the urinal” scene, where it’s a shot of his ass cheeks squeezing one out, and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “oops I just sharted while at a swanky event” scene in the movie. They also managed to work in the requisite “injury to animals” thing with a half blind ferret that’s always running and slamming itself into things. 2011’s “Bridesmaids” has an extended sequence revolving completely around all the women in the bridal party getting food poisoning with the intestinal gas, burping, vomiting and diarreah that goes with it. Including one of the women shitting in a sink and another shitting herself out on the street while trying on the bridal gown. Saw a recent trailer for a Jonah Hill movie called “The Sitter,” which looks to me to be a remake of 1987’s “Adventures in Babysitting,” only now R rated with a male in the lead, and just in the trailer alone we have a bratty girl in the car (no more cute innocence like the little girl in the original) who of course announces that she “just sharted.” ahahaha! ahahaha! She said “sharted”! ahahahaha! In this case we have sharting, with a female, who also happens to be a little kid, all rolled into one. (eye roll.)
Mike Judge saw it coming a mile away though in his movie Idiocracy, where he envisions a future 500 years from now where Mankind has devolved so much that their idea of a great movie is Ass, The Movie – 90 minutes of nothing but an up close shot of an ass, farting. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to take us 500 years to get there. But let’s not forget about the TV show Ow! My Balls! (don’t worry if you laughed watching “Ow! My Balls!” It is actually funny for the total absurdity of it. :D )
Over at Henry Makow’s site he did a write up recently comparing the trauma and filth found in most media/movies, comparing it to a completely opposite Japanese animated children’s movie called “My Neighbor Totoro” from 1988, which was very uplifting, innocent and positive according to him. The reader’s comments are just as interesting, as more than one person talked about how they now gravitate towards entertainment from decades ago because it’s so much nicer than most everything going on today. Unfortunately for all the kids who were born after the 80s all they know is the cynical, jaded nastiness that is the present state of the media where abuse, injury, rape, torture and all around degradation is played for kicks.
Then of course there’s the increasingly endless parade of ‘remakes’ and parts 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 15……Hollywood’s lack of original material has become epidemic by this point in 2009. It seems fully half of anything coming out anymore is just a remake of something that didn’t need to be remade, or the continuation of an ongoing series that should have quit after the first movie. o_O (sometimes the first movie in itself should never have been made, let alone its endless spawn. ;D ) I was asking my boyfriend about “Why all the remakes? What’s the conspiracy there?” His theory was that in these crazy economic times (however manufactured and planned….) Hollywood is trying to play it safe, and so they churn out these remakes that are guaranteed to attract in moviegoers for their sentimental value. It’s not a risky venture, as far as investments go. People loved the original, so they’ll go see the update. That’s probably what it is, although my additional take on it is that like music, something seems to have died in mass culture. Original music and movies infused with spirit/soul and innovation have mostly disappeared. Simulacra. A photocopy of a photocopy, and infused with a virus that has weasled its way in bit by bit, pushing the envelope further and further with every passing year, thriving on degradation, despair and trauma.
Movies are not all completely useless though. That would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. There are those occasional movies with meaningful analogous truth about reality and great symbolisms, and those that are totally unique and ground breaking and actually deserving of being labeled “artistic.” But finding the meaningful, clever, intelligent and artistic movies among the ever increasing nonsense is like finding a needle in a haystack, to use a totally unoriginal cliche.
Back in late 2008 I had a coworker at my then part time night “catalog order taking over the phone” job who received a mini DVD player as a gift, which plugs into a laptop. So in her free time at our job she watched movies. Back to back movies. As soon as one finished, she was pulling another one out of her bag, and then another, with no time in between movies to digest them and “come down.” You could see there was a slight addiction/need going on with it all, and I watched as these movies amped her up and made her edgy in a negative way. When she’d get a call the movie would get paused while she answered her calls, sounding bitchy and rude, all amped up from the negative movie content. I cringed just watching her in action. Another guy at this same job always had his laptop going, watching crazy movies and DVD shows in between taking calls. His favorites involved those real life “fight club” things, where guys give each other the beat down. He’d be leaning forward, totally glued to his laptop, all into it, then his phone would ring and he’d be all agitated because the phone call – his job that he’s being paid to do – was interrupting his fight club beat down movie time. Technology has now ensures that people will be able to watch piles of movies nonstop anywhere, on the go. It’s kind of neat on the one hand, you have to love technology I suppose. But it definitely has its drawbacks, and seems to create an addictive need within many to have diversion entertainment constantly going. No down time. No quiet moments to just think, and be in their own heads, coming up with their own ideas and creativity. :(
By-product of Media Obsession – Celeb Worship
Another aspect of the media that has to be noted are…the celebrities! Of course. Right off the bat I’m going to confess that I have partaken in the celebrity gossip. I won’t be a hypocrite. I’ve gotten bored at work, and there I was, clicking on mindless celeb stories to pass the time, or I’d find myself grabbing a mag while at Barnes and Noble, or while waiting in line at the check stand at the grocery store. For me I’ve kind of viewed the whole thing as “personal entertainment by the jokers and the clowns.” Basically, what crazy antics are celebs up to today, which can distract me from my boring life. :D Although admittedly half the time I don’t know who the supposed “celebs” are that are being covered anymore, and don’t care, so I mostly just do a lot of skimming. And actually I don’t just view it solely as entertainment, I do a lot of analysis about what I’m seeing/hearing, taking mental notes and making comparisons, which I’ll get back to in a moment. But for others I’ve come to realize that they project their own personal identity onto celebs, probably because they lack one of their own. Besides the entertainment factor, celebs become an actual extension of their own self. So don’t dare talk any smack about their fave celeb, they take it very personal. Those are the sorts who argue in a heated way on the ‘net against other people about celeb stuff, taking sides, making it personal.
To say that Hollyweird is the land of smoke and mirrors and illusions is putting it mildly. Something is very much not right about the entire celeb scene. As just mentioned when I’ve perused and skimmed the entertainment blogs and mags I’ve done a lot of mental noticing, analysis and comparison. In no particular order are various random things I (and others in corroberation) have noted about Hollyweird’s celeb entertainment:
- “Celebs” who are famous for nothing. Nobody knows what they’ve done, other than to be the spawn of celebs who have actually done something, and/or having been on a reality show at some point. Yet there they are, in every mag and being obsessively tracked on blogs, as if they’re actually interesting. To me this is akin to a psy-ops experiment. More on that in the next bullet point.
- The same group of celebs, over and over. A few years ago, an email acquaintance told me that that he swears he hadn’t not seen one of the former Mousketeers – Christina, Britney, Justin – on a cover of some magazine at the check stand over the past seven years at that point. (This was around 2007.) Over the past decade others on the Repeating Obsessive Celebrity Coverage list have included Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton/Nicole Richie, Lady Gaga, Jessica Simpson, the Olsen twins, Amy Winehouse (now deceased), Miley Cyrus, the entire useless cast of “The Hills,” the Highschool Musical crowd, the ever present Madonna who never goes away, and now the whole Kardashian thing. They’re always there, every time you turn around. And I had to ask…..why is that? What’s going on here? I only semi-jokingly complained on a message board forum back in 2006 that Paris Hilton’s mug being on every other magazine cover and all over the internet, to the point of no escaping it, was a “psy-ops experiment” on the population. (Even at my favorite weather website, www.wunderground.com, they had an ad that featured Paris. I wanted to see if it was going to snow, and instead I got hit with another image of her.) But if I thought the Paris Hilton coverage was madness then whatever’s been going on with the Kardashians takes the cake. I’ve never in my life seen a group of people become so famous for absolutely nothing. The magazines track every minute details of these clowns’ lives as if they actually matter. I really do believe there’s an ulterior motive going on here by those at the top and in the know wielding the power over the programmed masses. Anybody with even a smidgeon of understanding about the techniques of brainwashing has to recognize this. Brainwashing 101. You park somebody down and bombard them with repeating audio and visual, until they walk away convinced of something they wouldn’t have accepted before. Would the mass public “accept” these people as their entertainment distraction gods and goddesses, becoming obsessed with following their lives, if they weren’t bombarded with non-stop images everywhere they turn convincing them to do so? I think not.
In particular over the past decade there’s been a huge issue with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. For whatever reason the media latched onto these two years back……….and never let go. Week after week, month after month, year after year, it’s endless, repetitive coverage of these two. Even now in 2011 it has yet to let up. There isn’t a week that goes by where you don’t see them on the cover of all the supermarket tabloid covers. It will be 2030, and we’ll still be seeing endless obsessive weekly coverage about every little thing these two do. Why are we being told over, and over, and OVER, and OVER, that these two are the end-all, be-all of physical beauty? Why does stuff want everybody fixated on every detail of their lives…….for years on end? Why does stuff want people to be judged on physical beauty alone? What the hell’s so interesting about Brad Pitt? Nothing. He’s a freaking actor. He memorizes lines that he regurgitates in front of a camera. He’s not saying or doing anything interesting. Who decided that that the people who make movies should be the modern version of “royalty”?? And if we’re going to be base interest on looks alone, I’ve seen actors out there that were way better looking than Brad Pitt, yet, who don’t get nearly the same attention, if any at all. You have to question why that is then. What deals were made that maybe other actors weren’t willing to do? (George Clooney is another one that the media wants women desperately drooling over, on and on and on, for years on end. The psy-ops brainwashing where they reiterate over and over to the public how supposedly good looking he is, and where they obsessively track his relationships never stops with him either. Sorry, but I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about him, not interesting, never was, and I couldn’t care less about his relationships, no matter how much he’s shoved in our faces. So what deals did he make for that level of treatment? My boyfriend who writes mind blowing articles and composes amazing music and creates scientific experiments for fun and who I can sit down and have an in-depth conversation with about “what is the nature of this reality??” is a far more interesting person than any of these “memorizer of liners in front of a camera” that “They” shove on people.)
If you didn’t know any better, at any given point in time you might think that there are only 20 actors/actresses/singers total in the business based on the fact that only 20 or so celebs seem to get the focus on every magazine cover. Who is determining who gets to be “it” ? And why is there an “it” system in the first place? It’s a system where some invisible force tells the sheep herd, “Okay, everybody obsess about these twenty people now!” Then the circus music cues and the herd stampedes off in the direction they’re pointed to. Part of the explanation probably has to do with bloodline, as any good synchromysticism/conspiracy blog or message board will note. So many of these celebs have pedigreed lineages, even if it’s not apparent at first glance, with celebs turning out to be related to other celebs, hailing from the same bloodlines. And because of who they are bloodline-wise, they’re at the forefront of the Powers That Be-controlled media. That’s one explanation I think for a lot of what we’re seeing in Hollyweird.
- Paid walking adverts. The paparazzi constantly swarm around these celebs wherever they go………….and just so happen to always photograph them toting Starbucks, Marlboros, Red Bulls, Pinkberry fronzen treats, and other strategically placed corporate food/drink/smoke products, wearing designer bags and shoes and accessories and toting the latest “in” cell phone/texting gadget. Being walking mannequins and billboard advertisements for various corporate products and clothing lines. This is an accident? Think again.
- In cahoots with the tabloids? I know I’m not the only one who’s pondered on whether certain celebs aren’t in deals with certain weekly mags and tabloids. They agree to be incessantly photographed and gossiped about and make a boatload of money, and the mags in turn make a boatload of money off of them from the mags they sell. So not only is it a psy-ops programming distraction tactic on the masses, getting them diverted from things that really matter in life and obsessing about empty celebs that they wouldn’t have otherwise, but it’s also a money making scheme to boot. The weekly reports about the relationship status of Brad and Angelina, already mentioned in the previous point, is absolutely out of control. There it is, in my face every time I’m in the check stand at our local Giant supermarket. It’s obvious that 99% of the stories are outright lies, just made up soap opera for people who love to see others going through negative drama – even if it’s not true – but I’ve had to wonder….why is this being allowed? Week after week it’s lies, the rags don’t even bother to try to sound truthful. Just the most desperate and sensationalistic headlines they can think up. And most of them contradict each other. Yet, nobody questions it or protests or seems to care. No lawsuits. In fact people actually eat it up, contradictions and all, and the stories keep flowing. Seems a little weird when you think about it. Read between the lines on that one. Anybody who actually spends money on these mags is playing into a lie and a scheme. It’s the equivalent of saying “I’m a chump.”
- Stars who seem to share the same DNA even though they’re supposedly not related. This one has been discussed on various synchromysticism blogs and messageboard threads, and while I think the subject can sometimes be taken to an extreme (being called “clones” and “robots”), there is also no denying that there are stars running around out there who look like they should be siblings. Near identical features, to the point where you sometimes almost can’t tell them apart, and yet, they were born to different parents in different parts of the country. What’s going on there? Could be many things, from mundane explanations (“Hollywood has a penchant toward a certain look, so it makes sense that they keep selecting those that have this same look to become famous”) on up to the fringe conspiracy. (“Their personal lives are cover story fronts, and they were the by-product of an actual breeding program going on behind the scenes [even if they themselves don’t know it!]”) What’s funny is that one time I was posting a comment about this to the Pseudo Occult Media blog, and before submitting my comment the computer wanted me do a word verification test, you know, “type the word that you see below,” make sure I’m not a spam bot or something. Word verifications are usually always mumbo jumbo, just random letters and numbers that the computer picks out of thin air. And the word in question that I needed to type in order to submit my post about genetics? genes. :0 The odds on that are astounding. Does it mean there’s something to the fringe conspiracy theory that many of these stars have something weird going on with their genes/DNA, and might very well be the by-product of some breeding program? Who knows. Very well might be, and considering how strange and Hollywood is in general, nothing would surprise me at this point. :D Getting “genes” as my word verifcation to me seems like the universe was giving me a nod about this theory. ;)
- Young starlets looking like Gray alien hybrids. This one was really prevalent back in 2003-05 it seemed. Huge piercing eyes and/or huge sunglasses, blank stony faces, tiny little 80 pound emaciated bodies with big bobble heads on top of them and wayward wispy/thinning hair. A very odd trend indeed. Technically it could be explained away by saying it’s a bad combination of anorexia and drugs with all its physical side effects. But the more conspiracy oriented idea was that this was to get the public acclimated to the look of hybrids.
The thing that many people are in denial about is the effect of long term media consumption on the human psyche. I don’t need formal scientific studies to validate for me what I’ve already seen and experienced for myself…..back when I indiscriminately watched any ol’ movie and TV show, I was numbed to violence, human suffering, and had less empathy overall. After going without television for years, that slowly changed. Things that didn’t used to faze me, because of my numbed stupor, suddenly became shocking and distressing to me. It’s become much harder to view gratuitous violence anymore in movies, and in those times when I do come across television in my travels I’m always disgusted by what I’m seeing. It’s amazing to think that I used to watch it all without a second thought….and thought it was normal. When you’re raised with TV, then it’s all you know. (although granted, I didn’t watch half the amount of TV growing up that other kids did. I spent a huge amount of time reading, or playing outside, which was good.)
The longer you go without mass media, the more you begin to realize just how un-natural most of it is. Always remember that besides serving as a distraction tactic, TPTB are using the media to re-wire the human brain, program belief systems into us, mold our personalities, numb us to violence and human degradation and send us in a downward spiritual spiral overall. Everybody has to do what’s right for them, so this isn’t an attempt to try to tell people they’re wrong for engaging in the media (I still do) but rather, it’s just putting my ideas and observations out there to encourage people to engage in it all with more awareness, if they weren’t already. Because the worst thing we could do when it comes to consuming media is to do so from a place of mindless tranced out autopilot, never questioning what we’re seeing, and not noticing the agendas.
Media Conspiracy Links
compilation. A nice sampling of other sources out there that discuss various aspects of the media and its various agendas and conspiracies.
One of the great speeches from the 1976 movie “Network.” (Click Here to view the scene on YouTube)
Howard Beale: “So, a rich little man with white hair died. What does that got to do with the price of rice, right? And why is that woe to us? Because you people and 62 million other Americans are listening to me right now. Because less than 3 percent of you people read books. Because less than 15 percent of you read newspapers. Because the only truth you know is what you get over this tube. Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube. This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation. This tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers. This tube is the most awesome goddamn force in the whole godless world. And woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people. And that’s why woe is us that Edward George Ruddy died. Because this company is now in the hands of CCA — the Communication Corporation of America. There’s a new Chairman of the Board, a man called Frank Hackett, sitting in Mr. Ruddy’s office on the 20th floor. And when the 12th largest company in the world controls the most awesome goddamn propaganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this network. So, you listen to me. Listen to me! Television is not the truth. Television’s a goddamn amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business. So if you want the truth, go to God. Go to your gurus. Go to yourselves, because that’s the only place you’re going to find any real truth. But, man, you’re never gonna get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you wanna hear. We lie like hell. We’ll tell you that Kojak always gets the killer and that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker’s house. And no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don’t worry. Just look at your watch. At the end of the hour, he’s gonna win. We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true! But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube. You eat like the tube. You raise your children like the tube. You even think like the tube. This is mass madness you maniacs! In God’s name you people are the real thing, WE are the illusion!
“So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off. Turn them off right in the middle of the sentence I am speaking to you now! Turn them off!!”
Interesting article from the L.A. Times regarding a movie theater owner in Illinois who would rather shut his theater down for several weeks then play the drivel that Hollywood is releasing:
Instead of Bad Movies, Cinema Shows None
HOOPESTON, Ill. “The “closed” sign went up a few weeks ago on the flashy neon marquee outside the Lorraine Theatre, but the 84-year-old movie palace on Main Street hasn’t played its last picture show. Business isn’t bad. It’s the movies that are wretched.
Both theaters in Hoopeston are closed … “because of such poor film choices available,” explains a recording on the Lorraine’s customer hotline. “Go to Danville to see ‘Jackass 2.’ “
Lorraine owner Greg Boardman put his two screens on hiatus rather than sell tickets to the gross-out and freakout fare he said Hollywood distributors had made available in recent weeks. Boardman said he’d rather show nothing than such recent offerings as “Beerfest,” “The Covenant” or the “Jackass” sequel, which topped the nation’s box office last week despite being panned by critics.
“There’s just so much lousy material out there, people vomiting on the screen,” said Boardman, 52, who grew up watching movies in the Lorraine and now runs the business from Northern California. “I have one of the finest sound systems in the world, and I don’t want to waste it on such drivel.”
When the town got its break from Hollywood, so did the Lorraine staff: two paid weeks off.
The protest ends today, when the Lorraine resumes operation with the new animated children’s movie “Open Season” as well as Disney’s recently released football movie, “Invincible.”
This isn’t a crusade launched by a G-rated puritan. The Lorraine has featured its share of R-rated fare, including “Brokeback Mountain” and “Miami Vice.” And there are plenty of action movies, the better to show off the rippling eight-channel digital sound system, a top-of-the-line feature rare even in big cities.
The Lorraine, opened in 1922 as a vaudeville house, was purchased in 1987 by Boardman, who repaired and reopened it.
In a business dominated by nationwide chains, Boardman is a small fry. But he says that keeps the business fun and gives him the freedom to do what he wants…including making his screens dark.”