I was thinking and considering this recently. TV is such an influence on all of our lives. In a world of consumerism that is relatively new to us, and a world of computers --how much more powerful has the influence of TV become.
I recently watched a documentary on a guy named Eddie Bernase who was really one of the most influential people of the 20th century. He was Frued’s nephew and learned to employ the use of marketing consumer need by appealing to the unconscious using his knowledge of Freud’s psychoanalytic theories…
Before this century American culture was marketed goods and services based on need, not desire. Interesting shift. He was also used in many propaganda media campaigns to gain public support for various wars, police actions etc. He thought in general the American people were stupid and easy to manipulate through TV. Joseph Geobbels (however you spelt it…) was quoted as saying he was very influenced by Bernase’s tactics.
Ok, now that we have come from 85 or so corporations owning our media down to like 4 in the last 20 years, how informed are we really as to the truth of things? Is it all just corporate media hegemony trickling facts and figures down that benefit the few? Distracting our minds from important events or ideas with dumb talk about Brad’s Pitt and Angelina Jolie?
Are the politicians in Washington real? Is there really 2 parties, or just one party that gives the appearance of 2 to separate us diverting our attention from the truth that corporations are in bed with big govt??
Just a thought, I am not saying I am right but one has to consider such things when we are talking about all these bailouts that Greenspan says is “socializing losses, while privatizing gains”. And when we have a monetary policy that is based upon exponential expansion of debt to stave off collapse. An inflationary money system that degrades the value of our dollar, and makes it so you need to work and compete even harder to maintain the lifestyles you are so accustomed.
I am speaking from an American perspective of course.