"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Who Cares?

Sometimes I feel like the proverbial Voice Crying in the Wilderness, then I look at my bloglist and I know that's not true - other bloggers feel like this too.

ap·a·thy (p-th)
1. Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.
2. Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.
[Latin apatha, from Greek apatheia, from apaths, without feeling : a-, without; see a-1 + pathos, feeling; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.]

Or, how about:

dis·trac·tion (d-strkshn)
1. The act of distracting or the condition of being distracted.
2. Something, especially an amusement, that distracts.

It's time we grew up. It's time some people realised that there's more at stake than the fate of, for example, a character in a BBC soap opera or an MP accused of dishonesty. There's more to life than what's put before us by the msm and the tv channels as 'entertainment'. It's a form of product placement - it's lifestyle placement and has been happening for many years.

Have you ever wondered why Eastenders has been around for so many years? It's all part of the plan. "So true to life"; "a realistic enactment of the East End". No, it isn't. What it is is lifestyle placement which wants us to believe that the lifestyle portrayed is the norm ("If you've been affected by any of the issues shown in this programme, please call ...."). Who but the BBC, under the guise of being an 'impartial' state broadcaster (surely an anomaly?), could have such a catastrophic effect on the morals of a nation?

ITV isn't blameless: Northerners aren't all thick, fist-fighting on quaint cobblestones and congregating in pubs to watch a duel of words between two matriarchs.   Sky probably isn't much better - but at least I can choose whether to pay for it, or not.

Television is a medium of influence, not only in reporting but in its programming and tptb learned that long ago. Psychology gained ground in America after the 2nd World War. I've blogged about it before so I won't go over it again. I've heard & read enough for today.

There's more to life than being what people tell you you are.

In other news:

Three MPs take case to Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords) on legal aid
EU takes France to Court over expulsion of 'Romas'
Taxpayers in line to pay compensation to Loyalist terrorist
A 'sleb' is finally jailed for drug abuse but wait to hear the sentence before you hang out the flags

And the beat goes on.

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