“We live entangled in webs of endless deceit, in a highly indoctrinated society, where elementary truths are easily buried” (Noam Chomsky)
Prior to World War One, the British cut the Transatlantic cable that allowed Germans and Americans to communicate. They did that to control American news.
Today we have a wide range of information sources, but they all say the same thing. If we get our news from NPR, New York Times, Drudge, NBC, Fox, Daily Show, HuffPo, it is all the same story with a different tint. Marketing toothpaste requires different flavors and advertising claims for an identical product.
We have only one news source, a heavily censored news media.
There are dissonant voices out there, easily accessed, telling us things that do not “fit” in the New York Times. Censorship in 1914 was brute force, cutting a cable. Today we have a more sophisticated device … the illusion of varied news sources when they are all one voice.
Of course, there is more than that going on. Far more. We are dumbed down too. Schools spend years and billions upon billions doing what looks like education. And to a degree it is “education”,” but we don’t know how to think when they are done. We are Pogiebrained, imagining ourselves to be what we cannot even grasp.
Entertainment merely reinforces news and education. There can be no escape from the indoctrination Chomsky refers to. All media is one voice.
I engaged in a little exchange at 4&20 earlier this week. It had to do with the “killing” of Osama. That event was a bare-bones propaganda exercise, easily unraveled. The powers that did it hardly even tried. It has come this far. They don’t have to try.
It was an outrageous lie wherein they offered no evidence. They just said he was killed and they dumped the body into the ocean.
But all our media outlets said it was real. Americans did not learn how to think critically in school, and so didn’t know how to unravel the lie. And Hollywood and TV reinforced the message.
Our cables have been cut. We’re adrift, and don’t know how to swim.