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    This diarist implies that news reporting is designed to support the status quo, and I would by and large agree. But news is only a small part of the media culture in which we are immersed. Many people barely follow the news but their minds are still filled with corporate-produced versions of reality. Mass sports is a huge influence, soaking up many hours of people's lives. Sports metaphors color the reporting of politics as a simple contest between two teams. (MSNBC, which does virtually no investigative journalism, concentrates almost entirely on this approach)

    And the huge amount of narrative entertainment available, both fictional and "reality,"  absorb more time. Popular music is yet another force, filling our minds with melodies and lyrics. Video games are great fun. And the near-continuous texting and instagramming you see everywhere is another way in which our thought processes are part of a corporate activity.

    But I would not say this is some kind of conspiracy so much as a unplanned technological evolution. Electronic media becomes ever cheaper to produce and is so easy to consume, that people (me included) are sucked in. Sure, there are still books and I can always turn off the cell phone or laptop. We all know how much time we're wasting and that it's not good for us. But given a choice between chewing raw broccoli or gobbling down potato chips, how many of us can make the rational choice?

    "Things are in the saddle and ride mankind," Thoreau said about 180 years ago in a much simpler time. And Marx had some profound things to say about the ways in which human culture is shaped by the material and technical system on which it depends.

    All socieities make it easy to be a conformist. We are, after all, a pretty imitative species, better at it than even monkeys according to the latest research.  But we are always free and need never be "brainwashed," as this author describes, without our consent.

    If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

    by Valatius on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:16:21 AM PST

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