If Americans knew unequivocally that the food from their local supermarkets would eventually kill them, the likelihood is that most would change their grocery buying habits, regardless of the inconvenience.
Though not all.
As innocuous and seemingly essential as the supermarket is the television – and by extension, the media. This columnist has come to the conclusion that the media are more of a danger to our nation than any enemy foreign or domestic, or any social malaise we currently face. It is time for Americans of all persuasions so inclined to address this scourge as vigorously as they are able.
The press, or news media, rather than being a purveyor of information, has become the vehicle by which Americans’ political views are molded; the entertainment media, the vehicle by which Americans’ cultural views are molded. Both of these prevailing forces are controlled by groups of individuals whose goal is to subvert all that is considered positive, constructive and creative in American society.
Over the last few years, the establishment press has taken at least half of the American people from a place of fire in their hearts and blood in their eyes on Sept. 12, 2001, to believing that the terrorist threat revealed on 9/11 is one from which we must now retreat with all due haste. They succeeded in characterizing the president, who – all things considered – did a reasonably decent job of coordinating the response, as one of the most overwhelmingly inept individuals to ever draw breath. They even managed to get an uncredentialed, potentially dangerous man nominated as the Democrat candidate for president.
Most Americans, however, continue to perceive that which delivers their programming (there’s a dual definition at work here) as non-threatening fixtures that share their living space. The majority of us were raised with such as these; like the aging of a loved one, we have not seen the dramatic change that has taken place over the years since we have been in close contact for the duration.
In 2002, the cable channel VH1 aired an eight-part series called “Music Behind Bars,” a documentary chronicling how music is utilized as recreation by penitentiary inmates. This drew criticism from those who believed that VH1 was legitimizing the crimes of said inmates by “turning them into rock stars” and flaunting their newfound notoriety before their victims.
VH1 is owned by Viacom, the communications company that also owns CBS, CBS Radio (formerly known as Infinity Broadcasting Corporation), Showtime, Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central, The Movie Channel, MTV and more than a dozen other widely-viewed networks.
The latter is arguably one of the most odious venues on television. MTV has done more to advance far-left politics and libertine cultural values within the sphere of American youth than anything in the last 25 years.
A group of teenagers at a Massachusetts high school made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. Nationwide, teen pregnancies are showing signs of rising after steadily declining from 1991 to 2005. This trend was highlighted when Britney Spears’ 17-year-old sister Jamie Lynn, star of Nickelodeon’s popular TV show “Zoey 101,” gave birth to a baby girl, according to People magazine.
– MSNBC, June 20, 2008
Nickelodeon, a cable channel geared to children and preteens, is also a Viacom property. Ensconced between relatively harmless offerings are programs like “Zoey 101,” which showcases shallow teens in a progressive California boarding school. This show, like quite a few these days, places an inordinate value on sexual interaction for this age group; that is to say, flirting, primping, preening and dating.
Zoey’s star, Jamie Lynn Spears, has enjoyed an extended run in the tabloids due to her decision to have a baby out of wedlock. Did Viacom throw Jamie Lynn off the air like Bill Cosby did to Lisa Bonet after she performed an R-rated sex scene in the film “Angel Heart” while family-oriented “The Cosby Show” was in production?
Of course not. These are the cultural values Viacom has chosen to promote.
How many parents didn’t let their kids watch “Zoey 101” because it featured the sister of a well-known skank? How many parents banned the show from their homes after Spears’ pregnancy was announced? Evidently not nearly enough, given the Massachusetts pregnancy pact.
There are innumerable clear and unmistakable examples of our psychological manipulation by the media; all one needs to do is look and listen actively rather than passively. For the moment, the majority of Americans still hold to higher standards than media conglomerates and the deviants who captain them. The evidence shows that they will react to public pressure – but only if it is applied.