October 22nd, 2000


the insidious manipulation of your conscience by the entertainment media

i posted this in my other journal when it was my only journal and no-one was reading it. invisibella's post this morning prompted me to re-run it here.

By the way, I include the news media under entertainment, since they are purely ratings driven and no longer even put up a pretense of being balanced, accurate or even honest.

Have you ever noticed how you are manipulated into experiencing pleasure at the suffering and or death of another human being. This happens on a regular basis on TV and in movies. First, they show someone doing something particularly abhorrent, such as a particularly nasty murder, or, better yet, rape, or still better, the rape/murder of a child. Then they take you through a period of suspense building, chasing around trying to catch this evil person before another brutal crime. Sometimes they build up your hatred a little more by adding other victims, or putting the star of your favorite show in harm's way, but in the end, it is always the same thing. The killer dies, and you enjoy it. In the space of an hour or less (40 minutes without commercials), you have been manipulated into wanting and then enjoying the death of another human being. The news media does the same thing. They repeat the same sensationalist stories over and over and over until we believe we live in the most dangerous nation on earth, and we are all clamoring for the government to kill all the bad guys for us. We are a nation of sheep, and sheep can be very violent animals in the hands of clever wolves.
  • Current Music
    david & david - welcome to the boomtown

(no subject)

Today is one of those days when you can see what attracted people to Phoenix. 1 1/2 inches of rain has washed the exhaust and dust from the air. You can see mountains 30 miles away as crystal clear as if they were in your back yard. Colors that are usually bleached out of existence by the sun and smog have soaked up the rain and are rich and vibrant. five or ten different species of cloud populate a sky containing a myriad of blues. If only we could get away from burning fossil fuels, this could be the norm instead of the exception.
  • Current Music
    Rusted Root - Flower

more pearls from the pearlcorder s701 microcassette

I'm a born again virgin, a brand new version of the man I used to be. If you want inside my pants, you'll have to take a chance and get really close to me. I don't want to just fuck, I've had too much bad luck giving in to spontenaeity. I've had plenty of sex, the one I sleep with next will have to mean the world to me.

Heavy clouds caress the top of a water stained cliff.

The thirsty desert comes alive just long enough to suck up every drop of rain.
  • Current Music
    Pink Floyd - The Wall