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September 19, 2013

“The genius of television is that,

to shape a people as you want, you don’t need unrestrained governmental authority, nor do you need to tell people what you want of them.

Indeed, if you told them what to do, they would be likely to refuse. . . . No. You merely have to show them, over and over, day after day, the behavior you wish to instill. Show them enough mothers of illegitimate children heartwarmingly portrayed. Endlessly broadcast story lines suggesting that excellence is elitist. Constantly air ghetto values and moiling back-alley mobs grunting and thrusting their faces at the camera—and slowly, unconsciously, people will come to accept and then imitate them. Patience is everything. . . . Few call this imperialism. It is, with a vengeance.” - - Foseti

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 19, 2013 6:45 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The same can be said for other media. Print papers, talk radio, the blog sites. All have an ideology, an agenda and a target audience.

The medium is the massage, to coin a phrase.

Posted by: chasmatic at September 20, 2013 6:28 AM

Satan is indeed able to present himself as an "Angel of Light".

Posted by: Denny at September 20, 2013 7:31 AM

I've been talking about it for the last two decades...just watch tv commercials (if you dare). Who is the bad guy? Who is the completely unenlightened, out of touch boss/shopper/dad/etc?

Always the white male.

And who is the smart shopper, the wise boss, the savior ready to help the hapless make the right choice?

The black man or woman.

And so you get an election where Romney is portrayed as "out of touch" at every turn, in spite of how correct he is (see his comment about the Russians being our enemy, for example), and obama portrayed as the savior.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at September 20, 2013 9:38 AM

Sure, look at how homosexuals are portrayed on TV. Always the good guy, the smart one, the artistic one, the wise one, always right, good, and so on. Its a deliberate attempt to shift people's thoughts and perceptions on homosexuality: how can you oppose this? They're so great!

And its worked so well that conservatives are all in on the concept.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 20, 2013 10:36 AM


A friend of mine referred to that syndrome as The Attack Of The TV Husbands - and that was in the '70s.

Even in the '50s, turning on a television set was to be greeted with a smirking haircut intoning, "Hi, Stupid!!"

Posted by: Rob De Witt at September 20, 2013 5:47 PM


Posted by: Eau2vie at September 22, 2013 4:44 PM

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