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The Cultural Wasteland of Television


"The whole entertainment component of television is dominated by men and women who have a unified, idiosyncratic view of life." - Ben Stein*

"Television has allowed us to create a common culture, and without it we would not have been able to accomplish our goal." - Morris Janowitz* psychologist, Chicago University, December 1, 1984

"One function television news performs very well is when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if it were." - David Brinkley

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"Any technology gradually creates a totally new human environment."

Marshall McLuhan

"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially,
I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming."
Lee DeForest, 1926, radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube

"Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months.
People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
Darryl F. Zanuck*, head of 20th Century-Fox, 1946

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The "opiate of the masses" generates an image.

Television converts all of reality into entertainment.

A dream reality as vivid as life and inextricable from reality.

"The nearest analogy to the addictive power of television and the transformation of values that is wrought in the life of the heavy user is probably Heroin™.

Heroin™ flattens the image; with Heroin™, things are neither hot nor cold; the junkie looks out at the world certain that what ever it is, it does not matter.

The illusion of control Heroin™ engenders is analogous to the subconscious assumption of the television consumer that what is seen is 'real' somewhere in the world.

In fact, what is seen are the cosmetically enhanced surfaces of products.

Television, while chemically non-invasive, nevertheless is every bit as addicting and physiologically damaging as any other addictive drug.

Most unsettling of all is this: the content of television is not a vision but a manufactured data stream that can be sanitized to 'protect' or impose cultural values." - Terence McKenna

"The story-telling function has by and large been usurped by remote professionals: the television and movie producers on the one hand, and the news media and educational establishment on the other.

Corporations provide us with stories to answer the question, "Who am I?"

The entertainment world feeds us stories about total strangers.

Dramas and soap operas bestow the illusion of being intimately familiar with celebrity lives.

Such shows tap into the inborn identity building function of the psyche, but that function is truncated when those intimately viewed lives off in television-land never feed back into our own." - Charles Eisenstein

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Image creation technologies transform our way of thinking.

Once television was in the home it became the primary source of social culture modeling.

The television forged an epistemology in which all information had to become entertainment to attract attention.

Television allows an endless source of raw material to be processed into entertainment.

Entertainment removed from reality by the naturally occurring bias' of all those responsible for the presentation.

The hunger for entertainment allows for monumental fiction.

Television provides a common window on public reality, the window through we are conditioned to apperceive those parts of life with which we do not have direct contact, entertainment had stealthily become the standard of value for reality itself.

"This may be 2007, but when we consider the power of mythology the psychology of the average man hasn't changed in 4000 years.

And when everyone in the political community believes the same myth, it becomes a parallel reality.

With TV reinforcing the 911 myth every single day, it has become stronger than any belief system that I can remember." - Jeff Rense

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"The most potent propaganda tool is television."

Rodrigue Tremblay

"No matter what is depicted or from what point of view, the overarching presumption is that television is there
for our amusement and pleasure
." - Neil Postman

Television creates expectations that weigh heavily on the subconscious which actually changes brain architecture.

"Advertising gained considerable momentum after World War II, especially with the advent of television.

The average American adult sees about 21,000 commercial messages a year; the largest 100 corporations in America pay for about 75% of commercial television time and about half the public television time.

With advertising for a 30 second segment in prime time costing over $200,000 on network television, only the largest corporations can afford it.

Advertisers cultivate desire by hitching their wares to the infinite yearnings of the Eternal Soul." - Donald O. Mayer

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"Reason requires a high degree of discipline of concentration; impression is easier." - Raymond Price

The main thrust of television is to create a dissociative from reality, to convert a mental image into a symbol.

The audience reacts rather than thinks -inter tenere rather than ekstasis.


A series of experiments Herbert E. Krugman regarding the effect of television on human brainwaves revealed startling results.

In less than one minute of television viewing human brainwaves switch from beta waves associated with linear logical thought - to alpha waves.

When the subjects stopped watching television and began reading a magazine, the brainwaves reverted to beta waves.

A 'beta' state is considered a normal, awake state, while 'alpha' states are experienced in a deep relaxation or 'daydreaming' state.

In the alpha state, a person is subjected to a passive learning experience with visual information being directly downloaded into the subconscious without any conscious thought.

Television effectively numbs the left brain while engaging the right brain disallowing proper decoding and critical analysis.

Essentially, you go into a hypnotic trance. You are on 'auto-pilot'.

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Herbert E. Krugman, who spent decades at General Electric (GE) headquarters as director of public opinion research, concluded:
  • Internal alpha responses can be stimulated by appropriate external rhythms or frequencies.
  • Corporate media may create special programs to help people modify certain attitudes or behavior.
  • Passively learned material has an important 'advantage' which some have also associated with so called subliminal perception, extrasensory perception, or hypnotism.
  • For early education there may be an opportunity to accept the fact that many children fidget in class, and that this interference with their attention is not to be blamed on parents, teachers, or the child.

    Mild drugging of these children, or training in relaxation through Alpha driving, may be dramatically helpful to their educational achievement.
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"Let me try to explain the special qualities of one, two and three exposures. I stop at three because as you shall see there is no such thing as a fourth exposure psychologically; rather fours, fives, etc., are repeats of the third exposure effect:

Exposure # 1 is a "What is it?" type of response.

Exposure #2 will elicit some response of the remembrance of the first time and attempt to find something new or novel, not seen the first time if only to discard the image or object as of no further interest.

The second exposure response is "What of it?" ... does it have personal relevance ?

By Exposure #3 the viewer has been through "What is it?" and "What of it?," so by the third viewing, the image or object is locked in through interest.

Given the proper future contextual stimuli, such as a corporate logo, immediate recognition of the image or object occurs.

There is a myth in the advertising world that viewers will forget your message if you don't repeat your advertising often enough.

It is this myth that supports many large advertising expenditures.

I would rather say the public comes closer to forgetting nothing they have seen on television.

They just 'put it out of their minds' until and unless it has some use and then the response to the commercial continues." - Herbert E. Krugman

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"The way in which you restrain people from doing a wide variety of things, not compatible with the social order of which they are members, is that you subject them to ritual.

The process is simple: you make them dance round a totem pole until they are wild with excitement and become jellies in the hysteria of collective frenzy; you enhance their emotional state by any device, by all the locally available audio-visual aids, drugs, dance, music and so on; and once they are really high, you stamp upon their minds the type of concept or notion to which they subsequently become enslaved.

The savage wakes up with a bad hangover and a deeply internalized concept.

The idea is that the central feature of religion is ritual, and the central role of ritual is the endowment of individuals with compulsive concepts which simultaneously define their social and natural world and restrain and control their perceptions and comportment in mutually reinforcing ways.

These deeply internalized notions henceforth oblige them to act within the range of prescribed limits.

Each concept has a normative binding content, as well as a kind of organizational descriptive content.

The conceptual system maps out social order and required conduct, and inhibits inclinations to thought or conduct which would transgress its limits.

I can see no other explanation concerning how social and conceptual order and homogeneity are maintained within societies which, at the same time, are so astonishingly diverse when compared with each other.

One species has somehow escaped the authority of nature, and is no longer genetically programmed to remain within a relatively narrow range of conduct, so it needs new constraints.

The fantastic range of genetically possible conduct is constrained in any one particular herd, and obliged to respect socially marked bounds.

This can only be achieved by means of conceptual constraint, and that in turn must somehow be instilled.

Somehow, semantic, culturally transmitted limits are imposed on men."

- Ernest Gellner, Anthropology and Politics, 1995

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"If you were a kid in the late 1950's, there's a good chance your thinking was shaped by two television programs, The Mickey Mouse Club and Howdy Doody."
Bill O'Reilly, The No 'Spin' Zone

"The television has invaded every aspect of our culture. The lack of proper stimulation, due to television watching, is damaging the brains of children.

Children have limited cognitive abilities to process and cope with television violence which leads to aggressive behavior, emotional desensitization and due to the excess amount of violence in television shows for children, many viewers develop a distorted brain along with a distorted sense of reality." - Wayne Eastman, Ed.D

"Exposure to sexual content on television predicted teen pregnancy, with adjustment for all variables. Teens who were exposed to high levels of television sexual content (90th percentile) were twice as likely to experience a pregnancy in the subsequent 3 years, compared with those with lower levels of exposure (10th percentile)." - Rand Health website 11/03/08

"Our findings suggest that television may play a significant role in the high rates of teenage pregnancy in the US." - Anita Chandra, RAND Phd, Mph

"We live with a cultural backdrop where children increasingly and at ever-younger ages are being sexualized, eroticized and exposed to torrents of inappropriate messages about sexuality." - Kathleen Kelleher

"Research has shown that "mindless" television or video games may idle and impoverish the development of the pre-frontal cortex, or that portion of the brain that is responsible for planning, organizing and sequencing behavior for self-control, moral judgement and attention." - Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. American Academy of Pediatrics May 1998

The brain is the source of emotion.

For modeling purposes of this exposition we will use the term right brain as the source of emotion.

The brain reacts to stimulus is the surrounding environment.

The brain is the master controllor of health; informs competency; develops coping skills; is the repository of self and filters environment factors into multiple aspects of cognition.

The brain directs all aspects of bodily functions through established biological pathways.

The first two years of a child's life is when the most rapid development of the brain occurs.

The first five years of a child's life is the critical period for developing language and cognition.

The more a brain is stimulated the more it is capable of doing.

An infant is born with approximately 100 billion brain cells designed to store and transmit information.

Children's brains are at its most receptive stage in infancy and early childhood, when experiences, positive or negative, will affect how grouping of mirror neurons are either strengthened or disregarded.

Television has become the dominant method of distracting children.

Television watching deprives children of natural experiences that help to develop the neural pathways which are necessary for healthy brain development partially by limiting their participation in physical activity and dramatic play outside in nature but also by actual physically stunting neural networks leaving an octupus of cognitive impairment.

Heavy television watching during the early years when the brain is malleable prolongs the dominance of the right brain function, the culprit diagnosed as ADD or ADHD, by inhibiting left brain functions responsible for verbal-logical cognitive functions.

Neural network growth in young children is inhibited simply by watching an average of two to four hours of television per day prolonging childhood.

The more television children watch, the greater the negative influence on their lives.

Children's behavior due to television watching is further accentuated when one considers that children have difficulty separating reality from fantasy.

The inability to separate reality from fantasy creates an avenue for the mirror neuron system to pick up characteristics of the characters the child identifies with.

Children who admire aggressiveness in their heroes and heroines will see little reason for devoting time and effort to learning other ways of problem solving.

By the age of three children mimic television characters as readily as they mimic real people.

When a child decides to imitate a behavior, morality is not a part of this decision process.

Children are great imitators who often believe what they view on television as being true because many of the characters portray qualities that make them acceptable role models.

Children often can not distinguish between pro-social and anti-social behaviors portrayed on television.

As children imitate behavior they view on television, frequent exposure to television violence can make children think that violence is normal.

As many children's programs reflect violence in a humorous manner many children see violence as humorous.

This is why children laugh when they see someone being injured.

Children's aggressive skills are acquired earlier than mental or social skills as a survival mechanism.

Children who view large quantities of television violence tend to see the world as a frightening place and grow leery of neighbors and strangers.

Children that are taught that violence is an acceptable solution to problems will tend to work out their problems in the same way.

The number of acts of violence in children's programs is estimated at as much as six times greater than in adult shows.

The amount of television violence witnessed by average American children during formative elementary school years is about 8,000 murders and around 100,000 other acts of television violence.

Children lack the cognitive attributes to put these violent images into meaningful contexts as they can not articulate a rationale for the violence they witness.

Consequently, they will often imitate violent behaviors witnessed on television.

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As children view television violence the chemical transmitter, noradrenaline, increases in children's brains.

The brain's alarm network is located at the base of the brain and sends noradrenaline to other brain centers that control such functions as emotions.

As a reaction to the viewing of television violence, the brain adapts by rewiring trillions of cellular connections establishing the chemical pathways of aggressive emotion.

Neurological processing of television violence is not any different from processing real violence thanks to the mirror neuron system.

The mammal brain is hard wired to attenuate the senses and fix the eyes on any sudden movements in the environment.

Known as the biological orienting response this is a key cognitive component of survival.

Rapid changing television images in children's cartoon shows change approximately every 4 to 6 seconds reducing rational thought functions and keeping a child's instincts and emotions in a constant state of alertness for fight or flight - perfect for honing the instincts of a hunter !

The neural pathways that control response to stress are particularly powerful in shaping how we learn and respond to environmental conditions.

When neural pathways are shaped by violent aggressive emotions the sustained stress carves them into the brain like a sculpter carves stone.

When a child's brain is under prolonged stress, the child's brain sends a signal to the body to produce greater amounts of a stress hormone called cortisol. The constant release of cortisol means the child is constantly on high alert ready for fight or flight.

Television watching is a major contributor to insomnia, depression, and hyperactivity in young children.

"Children are the most ardent traditionalists. They like things stable and categorized.

Television, like it or not, teaches them a lot of these rules." - Jane Espenson*, television writer for 'Ellen' starring Ellen DeGeneres playing an 'average' lesbian, from an Opinion article in LA Times March 20, 2005

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