March 14th, 2016, by David Risselada
Everything we witness in the political arena is nothing but a carefully contrived work of social science designed to push us towards the acceptance of a global governing system. Many Americans have painfully opened their eyes to the realization that the new boss is always the same as the old boss, and politicians are little more than skilled orators that know how to play on the emotions of the electorate. By now, most of us are familiar with idea that the two party system is little more than an illusion designed to keep us distracted just enough to believe that we can make a difference the next time around. The only problem is, there never is any difference, and sadly, the more we allow ourselves to be fooled by this dialectical contrivance, the worse off our nation becomes. The nation has been collectively conditioned to view everything through the prism of entertainment media, and that is all the political process amounts too any more. It almost seems as if Americans have lost their ability to discern reality from television programming, and that we have reached that point where art is no longer mimicking life, but life is mimicking art.
An education in journalism is no different than an education in social work. Everything in the liberal arts programs revolve around the concepts of social change. It is admitted in the course description of many journalism programs that the goal is to “inspire the public into political action” while developing awareness on issues concerning social justice. Consider, the following description from Berkeley University.
“The goal of this online course is two-fold: 1) to teach students of journalism, public policy and social work how to use journalism and media as an implement of social change; and 2) have those students become effective change agents themselves. This class is not theoretical – students should be prepared to dig in deep and make meaningful contributions to policy change on both the state and federal level.”
Americans watch a tremendous amount of television. Children on the average spend about 32 hours a week watching television while adults, according to the New York Daily News, watch an average of five hours a day. This is about 35 hours a week or more. This is significant because there is substantial research that shows that watching television actually affects the way our brain works. This, in my opinion, may explain why Americans are so easily fooled. The Presidential debates; for example, when handled by the right change agent moderators, are likely to resemble the average reality t.v. program to those who watch an excessive amount of television. Too much television actually increases chemicals in the brain that produce the same effects as opiates such as opium or heroin. Also, brain activity switches from the left to the right hemisphere of the brain. This may sound a bit ironic for those us frustrated by the fact that leftists seem to act purely on emotion, but the fact is that the left side of the brain is the critical region responsible for cognitive processes while the right side is more responsible for emotional reactions. While watching television, the left side of the brain shuts down; this leads to the production of the opiates while the right side of the brain is processing the information coming from the television. This is according to the research done by Herbert Krugman. Consider the following findings-
Herbert Krugman’s research proved that watching television numbs the left brain and leaves the right brain to perform all cognitive duties. This has some harrowing implications for the effects of television on brain development and health. For one, the left hemisphere is the critical region for organizing, analyzing, and judging incoming data. The right brain treats incoming data uncritically, and it does not decode or divide information into its component parts.
Also, it has also been discovered that while watching television, the Neo-cortex, or upper region of the brain, also shuts down while the limbic system, (the lower portion) becomes more active. These lower regions of the brain cannot process information the way the Neo-cortex does, therefore, the ability to discern reality from television programming is diminished. In other words, the more T.V. you watch, the more likely you are too think that what you are watching represents reality. Consider the following from Krugman’s research.
When you’re watching television the higher brain regions (like the midbrain and the neo-cortex) are shut down, and most activity shifts to the lower brain regions (like the limbic system). The neurological processes that take place in these regions cannot accurately be called “cognitive.” The lower or reptile brain simply stands poised to react to the environment using deeply embedded “fight or flight” response programs. Moreover, these lower brain regions cannot distinguish reality from fabricated images (a job performed by the neo-cortex), so they react to television content as though it were real, releasing appropriate hormones and so on. Studies have proven that, in the long run, too much activity in the lower brain leads to atrophy in the higher brain regions.
Is it possible that Americans, because of their fascination with entertainment media, have become unable to discern reality from television programming? Is it possible that that the Republican Presidential race and politics in general are carefully contrived drama designed to coincide with the conditioning of television programming in order to further distract the population? Given the current state of affairs, and the research presented I would have to say it’s more than possible.
Krugman, Herbert E. “Brain wave Measures of Media Involvement,” Journal of Advertising Research 11.1 (1971): 3-9. Krugman later became manager of public opinion research at General Electric.
To learn more about the psychopolitical agenda and communist indoctrination check out my book “Not on my watch: Exposing the Marxist agenda in education.”