"Television has allowed us
to create a common culture, and without it we
would not have been able to accomplish our goal." - Morris Janowitz*
University, December 1, 1984
"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
Lee DeForest, 1926, radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum
"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
"The nearest analogy to the addictive power of
television and the
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 of control that 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 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
Image creation technologies
transform our way of thinking. Once television was in the home it became
the primary source of social culture
The television created 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.
removed from reality by
the naturally occurring bias' of all those
responsible for the presentation.
The hunger for entertainment allows
for monumental fiction.
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
"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
expectations that weigh heavily on the
"Reason requires a high
degree of discipline of concentration;
impression is easier." - Raymond PriceThe main thrust
of television is to create a disassociation from reality, to convert an image
into a symbol.
The audience reacts rather than thinks -inter
tenere rather than ekstasis.
1969 Herbert E. Krugman conducted a series of
experiments regarding the effect of television on a person's brainwaves. What
he found was pretty startling:
Herbert E. Krugman monitored a person
through many trials and found that in less than one minute of television
viewing, the person's brainwaves switched from
Beta waves - brainwaves
associated with active, logical thought - to primarily
Alpha waves. When the
subject stopped watching television and began reading a magazine, the
brainwaves reverted to Beta
state is considered a normal, awake state,
while 'Alpha' states are
experienced in a deep
relaxation or 'daydreaming' state. When in the
Alpha state, a person
is subjected to a passive learning experience with
the right side of the brain
at the wheel, leaving critical
thinking skills behind.
Type 'television' and 'low vibrational
energy' into a search engine, and it'll quickly return the fact that watching a
lot of TV is like undressing your mind and submerging it into a bath of
negative energy. TV effectively numbs the
while rendering your
brain incapable of properly decoding and critically analyzing the
information being presented to you.
Essentially, you go into
a hypnotic trance. You are
Herbert E. Krugman, who spent decades at
General Electric (GE) headquarters as director of public opinion research,
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.
[Televison flicker rate at 50
Hz (PAL, SÉCAM systems) or 60 Hz (NTSC).]
- Passively learned material has
an important 'advantage' which some have also associated with so called
subliminal perception, extrasensory perception, or
"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
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.
"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.
Next morning, 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
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.
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
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,
"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'
"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
"Our findings suggest that television may play a
significant role in the high rates of teenage pregnancy in the US." - Anita
Chandra, RAND behavioral scientist
"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
"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
"A ban on fast-food advertising to children would
cut the national obesity rate by as much as 18%, according to a new study
conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research and funded by the
National Institutes of Health." - Emily Bryson York, 11/19/08
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
Heavy television watching during the early years when
the brain is malleable prolongs the dominance of the
brain function, the culprit diagnosed as
ADHD, by inhibiting
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.
inability to separate reality from fantasy
creates an avenue for the
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
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
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
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.
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.
As children view television violence the chemical
increases in children's brains.The brain's alarm network is located at the base
of the brain and sends
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
Neurological processing of
television violence is not any
different from processing real violence thanks to the
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.
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 !
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
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
watching is a major contributor to insomnia,
hyperactivity in young
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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