I forget how bad TV is. We haven’t subscribed to cable in four years. I can’t image why we didn’t drop it sooner. And I can’t image ever re-subscribing again. It’s that bad.
I was reminded of its destructive power on this short road trip we’re on to Montana and Wyoming. In the hotel room, I’ve watched some TV shows. That was a mistake. The number of commercials made the experience unwatchable. You can have it. But that wasn’t the worst of it. Fox “News” was the worst.
To be fair, I didn’t tune in to any cable shows, so perhaps the left-learning shows are just as bad. I didn’t tune in to Fox either; however, it was on in the breakfast room at the hotel so I was a hostage audience. OMG!
Having watched it for a half hour or so, I can see how this propaganda machine helped destroy civic life in our country. Mainly, what I heard was venomous, mean-spirited, simple-minded propaganda untethered from truth and reality and deeply grounded in paranoia and fear-mongering. No one could bear a steady diet of this crap without being adversely affected.
Perhaps the entire schedule on Fox isn’t as bad as the morning show I saw. I hope not.
I don’t know if Fox will be around when you’re an adult, Vera. Or what might be on TV then. But I suspect whatever is on communication tools will be employed to try to tell you what to think and believe. Propaganda has been around for a very long time, and there is no obvious reason it won’t be around for a long time to come.
There is a simple antidote for this of course: independent critical thinking and a healthy respect for facts and reality. But remember: narratives, stories and myths are powerful mechanisms. If you’re not careful, they will suck you in. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself living in a narrative that may seem appealing but is nothing more than a figment of your imagination.
I’m not sure any of us live fully in the world of facts and reality. To some degree, narratives and myths form many of our beliefs and opinions. To some degree, most if not all of us are reluctant to challenge those beliefs and opinions.
But try. Question. Try to uncover the facts. Challenge your preconceptions, biases and beliefs. If they’re sound, they’ll hold. But if they become rigid, let that be a sign that you may have become complacent and cognitively lazy.
Do your best to keep propaganda at a distance. Do not allow small-minded shills into your home via the airways.
Respect your brain and the incredible ability humans have to think and process evidence.