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    Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    I'm not using 'designed' in a conspiracy theorist sort of way. More like the media is packaged for what is perceived to be dumb audience, which ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it makes us dumb. We can't navigate political differences because the media tells us we can't. The media packaging machine doesn't give the audience any credit whatsoever. It's assumes we can't understand nuanced or complicated issues. So we get one side versus the other, in very black and white, almost child-like terms. Is it any wonder we're divided?

    I think Trump and Bernie pull from the same underlying premise. The system is broken, the processed media is not telling it straight, we're being told when to be outraged, we're getting ripped off from any angle and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight without foundational change. The difference, IMO, is that I think Trump is a con artist and Bernie is legit and sincere.

    On the conservative media spectrum, I do feel that it's more deliberate. Cultural anxiety is stoked over economic issues because the right-wing has convinced their base that the only thing they're allowed to have is their culture, which is always on the verge of slipping away. When's the last time your [insert conservative media source] has touted Trump's tax cuts or healthcare agenda?
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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dans La Lune View Post
    I'm not using 'designed' in a conspiracy theorist sort of way. More like the media is packaged for what is perceived to be dumb audience, which ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it makes us dumb. We can't navigate political differences because the media tells us we can't. The media packaging machine doesn't give the audience any credit whatsoever. It's assumes we can't understand nuanced or complicated issues. So we get one side versus the other, in very black and white, almost child-like terms. Is it any wonder we're divided?

    I think Trump and Bernie pull from the same underlying premise. The system is broken, the processed media is not telling it straight, we're being told when to be outraged, we're getting ripped off from any angle and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight without foundational change. The difference, IMO, is that I think Trump is a con artist and Bernie is legit and sincere.

    On the conservative media spectrum, I do feel that it's more deliberate. Cultural anxiety is stoked over economic issues because the right-wing has convinced their base that the only thing they're allowed to have is their culture, which is always on the verge of slipping away. When's the last time your [insert conservative media source] has touted Trump's tax cuts or healthcare agenda?
    Sounds to me like you are the media's audience.
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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dans La Lune View Post
    I'm not using 'designed' in a conspiracy theorist sort of way. More like the media is packaged for what is perceived to be dumb audience, which ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it makes us dumb. We can't navigate political differences because the media tells us we can't. The media packaging machine doesn't give the audience any credit whatsoever. It's assumes we can't understand nuanced or complicated issues. So we get one side versus the other, in very black and white, almost child-like terms. Is it any wonder we're divided?

    I think Trump and Bernie pull from the same underlying premise. The system is broken, the processed media is not telling it straight, we're being told when to be outraged, we're getting ripped off from any angle and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight without foundational change. The difference, IMO, is that I think Trump is a con artist and Bernie is legit and sincere.

    On the conservative media spectrum, I do feel that it's more deliberate. Cultural anxiety is stoked over economic issues because the right-wing has convinced their base that the only thing they're allowed to have is their culture, which is always on the verge of slipping away. When's the last time your [insert conservative media source] has touted Trump's tax cuts or healthcare agenda?
    Every watch the movie Network from the 70s?

    That is pretty much how the more biased media outlets work (except the movie hams it up a bit)
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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    1. The media are designed to entertain us.

    a. That is why there is always "breaking news."


    2. Because of the Internet, print media are toast.

    3. So media must do everything possible to get eyeballs for their Web publications.

    a. The New York Times, for example, was going broke. Then the 2016 election produced an unlikely winner in the person of Donald J. Trump. The Times saw an opportunity to stay in business by becoming the media leader of the Resistance. Reportedly, its digital subscriptions are doing very well, indeed.


    4. Most journalists nowadays are college graduates, having been duly indoctrinated by liberal professors. It is only natural that they let their liberal biases affect their "reporting."


    5. There are no impartial news sources in our country and to be honest, there probably never have been.

    6. Take everything you read or hear with a grain of salt. Many journalists -- like many other human beings -- are ignorant, misinformed, or simply liars.

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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dans La Lune View Post
    I'm not using 'designed' in a conspiracy theorist sort of way. More like the media is packaged for what is perceived to be dumb audience, which ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it makes us dumb. We can't navigate political differences because the media tells us we can't. The media packaging machine doesn't give the audience any credit whatsoever. It's assumes we can't understand nuanced or complicated issues. So we get one side versus the other, in very black and white, almost child-like terms. Is it any wonder we're divided?

    I think Trump and Bernie pull from the same underlying premise. The system is broken, the processed media is not telling it straight, we're being told when to be outraged, we're getting ripped off from any angle and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight without foundational change. The difference, IMO, is that I think Trump is a con artist and Bernie is legit and sincere.

    On the conservative media spectrum, I do feel that it's more deliberate. Cultural anxiety is stoked over economic issues because the right-wing has convinced their base that the only thing they're allowed to have is their culture, which is always on the verge of slipping away. When's the last time your [insert conservative media source] has touted Trump's tax cuts or healthcare agenda?
    I'd say yes. The media is capitalist, and we're more likely to purchase if we're stupid or angry, like when a woman is depressed she'll go shopping to make herself feel better. I'll admit that every item I've posted about on this board (save for one) was generated by the media, and isn't conducive to my mental well-being.

    Although I voluntarily expose myself to the trash that is the media, I do take some comfort in being able to call it trash. It's like drinking rum all night and cursing it as you drink.
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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dans La Lune View Post
    I'm not using 'designed' in a conspiracy theorist sort of way. More like the media is packaged for what is perceived to be dumb audience, which ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it makes us dumb. We can't navigate political differences because the media tells us we can't. The media packaging machine doesn't give the audience any credit whatsoever. It's assumes we can't understand nuanced or complicated issues. So we get one side versus the other, in very black and white, almost child-like terms. Is it any wonder we're divided?

    I think Trump and Bernie pull from the same underlying premise. The system is broken, the processed media is not telling it straight, we're being told when to be outraged, we're getting ripped off from any angle and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight without foundational change. The difference, IMO, is that I think Trump is a con artist and Bernie is legit and sincere.

    On the conservative media spectrum, I do feel that it's more deliberate. Cultural anxiety is stoked over economic issues because the right-wing has convinced their base that the only thing they're allowed to have is their culture, which is always on the verge of slipping away. When's the last time your [insert conservative media source] has touted Trump's tax cuts or healthcare agenda?
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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    Quote Originally Posted by marke View Post
    Stability in thought comes from trusting God for wisdom and guidance, not the media.
    Whose god? I should trust something I've never seen, felt or heard. Good one.
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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dans La Lune View Post
    I'm not using 'designed' in a conspiracy theorist sort of way. More like the media is packaged for what is perceived to be dumb audience, which ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it makes us dumb. We can't navigate political differences because the media tells us we can't. The media packaging machine doesn't give the audience any credit whatsoever. It's assumes we can't understand nuanced or complicated issues. So we get one side versus the other, in very black and white, almost child-like terms. Is it any wonder we're divided?

    I think Trump and Bernie pull from the same underlying premise. The system is broken, the processed media is not telling it straight, we're being told when to be outraged, we're getting ripped off from any angle and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight without foundational change. The difference, IMO, is that I think Trump is a con artist and Bernie is legit and sincere.

    On the conservative media spectrum, I do feel that it's more deliberate. Cultural anxiety is stoked over economic issues because the right-wing has convinced their base that the only thing they're allowed to have is their culture, which is always on the verge of slipping away. When's the last time your [insert conservative media source] has touted Trump's tax cuts or healthcare agenda?
    It's OK to embrace your inner CT. In truth we're all CT, but some keep tricking themselves into believing otherwise.

    Hell yes the media is designed to misinform its readers and listeners. Until the internet came along, the television set was the best propaganda tool ever devised. The media as we know it is meant to shape out thinking.

    Here is what Freud's nephew Edward Bernays had to say about it. It's not rocket science, just well known human behavior: "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of."

    Too true.

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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dans La Lune View Post
    I'm not using 'designed' in a conspiracy theorist sort of way. More like the media is packaged for what is perceived to be dumb audience, which ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it makes us dumb. We can't navigate political differences because the media tells us we can't. The media packaging machine doesn't give the audience any credit whatsoever. It's assumes we can't understand nuanced or complicated issues. So we get one side versus the other, in very black and white, almost child-like terms. Is it any wonder we're divided?

    I think Trump and Bernie pull from the same underlying premise. The system is broken, the processed media is not telling it straight, we're being told when to be outraged, we're getting ripped off from any angle and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight without foundational change. The difference, IMO, is that I think Trump is a con artist and Bernie is legit and sincere.

    On the conservative media spectrum, I do feel that it's more deliberate. Cultural anxiety is stoked over economic issues because the right-wing has convinced their base that the only thing they're allowed to have is their culture, which is always on the verge of slipping away. When's the last time your [insert conservative media source] has touted Trump's tax cuts or healthcare agenda?
    No, I don't think it's designed that way per se. It creates content and runs with whatever gets the most ratings, which is why the viewer is an active participant in what's played on media networks. The one thing to keep in mind though, is that ratings are based on segments of the population so what those ratings participants enjoy watching is what will dominate the air waves. There's certainly a strategy around content creation, but by and large it's centered around generating ad sales dollars; and that's based on ratings.

    The 24 hour news cycle upped the ante when it comes to having content to air; the pressure to do so has created this environment of sensationalism. You're not going to draw in viewers with news in the model of C-Span. While C-Span is informative, it isn't entertaining. People want to be entertained even when it's content that isn't necessarily "entertainment". A perfect example of this is The Weather Channel. They went from purely informational content to all flash and sensationalism. Media does its research to know us based on what we like to watch then creates content accordingly; as a general rule at least.

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    Re: Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dans La Lune View Post
    I'm not using 'designed' in a conspiracy theorist sort of way. More like the media is packaged for what is perceived to be dumb audience, which ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it makes us dumb. We can't navigate political differences because the media tells us we can't. The media packaging machine doesn't give the audience any credit whatsoever. It's assumes we can't understand nuanced or complicated issues. So we get one side versus the other, in very black and white, almost child-like terms. Is it any wonder we're divided?

    I think Trump and Bernie pull from the same underlying premise. The system is broken, the processed media is not telling it straight, we're being told when to be outraged, we're getting ripped off from any angle and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight without foundational change. The difference, IMO, is that I think Trump is a con artist and Bernie is legit and sincere.

    On the conservative media spectrum, I do feel that it's more deliberate. Cultural anxiety is stoked over economic issues because the right-wing has convinced their base that the only thing they're allowed to have is their culture, which is always on the verge of slipping away. When's the last time your [insert conservative media source] has touted Trump's tax cuts or healthcare agenda?
    Is the media designed to keep us stupid and angry ? Only if you let it

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