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Go2Peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 03:14 PM
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The Mosque "controversy" is proof that much of our population lives via TV
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The "ground zero" Mosque controversy is a wake up call. It shows how deeply Television influences the mind of the common citizen. Many in our population are taking their "que's" on how to live life from the TV.

I have long felt that people were living vicariously through the TV. It first became noticable to me when I recognized that a lot of our social interaction mimics the passive/aggressive tone of our sitcoms. At work people often have to communicate through comedy, as if they are in a work related sitcom. In many marriages the interaction mimics that of what we grew up watching.

Our daily interactions are often centered around what we have all shared via TV recently, what shows we watch, what information is provided on news. Many even get their religious beliefs from the TV.

The trouble is that while TV includes and can show real life events, what we see on the TV can only be a 2 dimensional slice of a many faceted reality. In a way it is a fantasy, and never fully reflects reality. TV attempts to influence and replace reality, by subtly twisting reality to get an emotional response or add excitement. It's purpose is get you "hooked", so you will return day after day, or week after week.

At it's worst, TV purposely tries to influence the viewer, to make them think the fantasy they are providing is pure reality. In essence "manufacturing" a reality. Because when they actually manufacture the reality and tie the audience to it, they gain power over perception that can be used to sell products and lift salaries. This is where we are now.

The fantasy of the "ground zero" mosque, is a demonstration, that they *have control* of a large part of the population. It provides evidence that it is not simply the "Teabaggers" that are under this form of control, but much of the general population.

It is important to distinguish this phenomenon, in order to know how to counter it. It is essentially a mass illusion, a mental illness, from the politics that are gripping and trying to control it.

My point in mentioning this, is we do not have a "conservative nation", we have a heavily influence/controlled nation. Controlled by a media with a significant conservative/corporate, slant.

That is the issue we must find answers to. And the normal political approaches will not work to change it.
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