Discuss Other Topics not related to the Paranormal or Conspiracies (within reason of course).
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Check out this funny and witty series called "How TV Ruined Your Life" with Charlie Brooker.
Here is the episode about how unreal fantasy images of relationships are, vs. relationships in real life. It's so funny.
And the one about how TV has given us unrealistic aspirations and a sense of entitlement.
“Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Here are some parts of documentaries about how TV hypnotizes you and controls your mind and how it has been used as a propaganda tool.
Two of the most terrifying movies (if you think about it) had to be The Cable Guy and The Trueman Show simply because of how both show faux life via corporate/media influence, something I became all too aware of during my short time working in both, Market & Research as well as with a noted PR company out of Burbank. It's quite eye-opening and yet, what I witnessed was trivial and nothing even close to how its all evolved since the 1980s.
If you want to look at conspiracy concepts, this is the best of all vehicles and unfortunately, the grandfather for what we now have via a media addicted culture; video games, movies, music vids, etc. Big Brother really does know how to place just the right carrots in front of us all
Here, what Chomsky says about professional sports makes sense. It serves no practical purpose other than to promote group cohesion and allegiance to authority. It's nothing but mind control. Anyone who doesn't believe in conspiracies should look at professional sports because it is so obviously a mind control tool that no intelligent person can deny it.
I disagree with him and you (again). Sports does not reduce a person's ccapacity to think. In fact, an argument could be made that it increases strategy, depending on how one views the sport. The first olympian winners in ancient greece actually became the authority rather than them showing an allegiance to others. Playiing and supporting sports at all levels is much healthier than spending your day watching youtube videos of people spouting their opinions. That only makes people not think for themselves. Don't you think?
I'm far from being a supporter of "Professional" sports and the gung-ho testosterone driven machismo lie that permeates the U.S. (in particular) and yet, I understand a few sides of this sub-culture -- the actual social benefit behind competition of this sort -- starting with the social need for "Team Players". Though the impetus behind many a conspiracy theory, the sense of loyalty and paternal/maternal & sibling-based rapport found amongst "team mates" (including Fraternal & Civic based organizations) is what literally makes the world go round, the buzz term in today's culture is "Networking" and the fact that people who share a common foundation tend to lend benefit & support to one another.
I do loathe the fact that sports has encouraged a very false ideology in society when it comes to the famed "Survival of the Fittest" concept; the Machismo addicts believe this pertains to physical might only, be it athleticism or military power. It wasn't until recent decades that a stronger, more series sense of acknowledgment has been given to those gifted in other areas where the macho types would seriously fail. The former "Warrior" attitude is something that has actually brought about a large amount of social issues such as hate-crimes, domestic violence, and of course the classic "going postal" antics of the suppressed, be it in regards to job or school bullies.
I honestly do believe that the money grabbers surrounding professional sports have robbed the games as well as society of "innocence". It's not even affordable for most to just drop in on a game as we did when I was kid -- $8.00 for a hot dog that cost the F&B service less than .50 cents to produce & market is BULL SHIT! Let alone the $10.00 Beer and $5.00 peanuts and outrageously priced nose bleed seating. Kids don't even have that long ago advantage of the "secret way in" (that most of the management knew about, truth to be known).
It's not sports that's "bad" as much as it is the rape of the consumer by way of Advertisers and greed driven elements that surround the world of sports. Frankly I think all sports needs to stick with their own specialized networks and leave commercial television networks alone -- get out and let those that want to relish in such silliness pay for the special viewing so the rest of us don't have to deal with it. But there's too much money involved for that to ever happen; tens of millions of dollars to be made around a single event -- a single 4-6 hour day.
I enjoy watching sports, but that doesn't meant I live it. But sports is like a lot of things when it comes to pulling for one side or another. Our political system is built around wanting one "team" to win over another (i.e. person or party), or business (wanting Sam Adams to be served at your local pub over Budweiser) or a myriad of issues. It just boils down to what one likes to watch. Competition is inbread in our society everywhere. Imagine where our country would be if no one pulled for either the North or the South in 1863...
As I said, I can understand this push-me/pull-you element and agree that it's more or less a part of our DNA. . . just look at the animal world and the constant fight to become Alpha. My gripe is how we now have the First Church of the NBA and how it blasts everyone (on site or watching the tube) with ad after ad. My gripe is how sports stadiums become a tax burden around which crime rates raise, property values bottom out and literally tons of landfill trash is generated during each event they host. My gripe is about the mind-set this kind of thing creates and how it contributes to domestic (spousal & child) abuse scenarios, alcoholism, obesity, and the general couch potato culture now prevalent throughout most of the U.S. and I'm certain, other countries as well. My gripe is about the number of kids that get bullied and brutalized both physically and psychologically by the "Jocks" during their school years, the Jocks being sheltered by school authorities that look the other way, sustaining the "weak" image of the actual victims of said harassment, slander and even vandalism.
The list of negatives is amazingly long and unfortunately, ignored in that we live in a culture that still believes in the lie of what is the "Fittest" -- viewing the Romanized idea that Might is Right rather than evolving forward as a culture. And please don't get me wrong, I'm not Mr. Pacifist by a long shot. I simply believe we have stood too far on the carnal extremes for far too long and it's time to actually grow-up and see the greater picture.
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