The Greatest Lie: How propaganda through mass media spellbounds us all

Kevin Scott King
Truth Shock

I started this article thinking I was going to list out the numerous deceptions and real issues that not just threaten residents of the USA, but humanity itself, the very health of the planet. I had written out almost 40 and realized I had many more to go. In fact I had already created categories; Financial, Governmental, Health, Technology, Environmental. The point of this article is not to list the numerous real issues that are a threat to us all. Nor is to create another Top Ten list of things to be AFRAID of!! Michael Snyder has that market covered. It’s real easy to sell fear. It might be the #1 product sold on American TV. And Alt/Truth media is just as guilty of selling fear as the MSM.

However many of these issues are very serious, and we all should be genuinely concerned, there is justification for being afraid. But we must not live our lives in fear. We’ve already lost if we do, and this is why fear is so heavily sold, marketed, pushed, advertised. And yet we must face these issues. Not just face them; we must address them, resist them, overcome them. We each must decide where to focus our energies. So then where do I, you, we focus? What is the most pressing issue of our time? What is the greatest deception? What is the greatest threat to humanity, to life on earth, to the planet itself?

I’ve thought about this often, in part because I’ve wrestled for a while now with the issue of focus. Focus is so important. It determines the path we walk. It shapes our lives. It defines who we are. It is where are mind dwells For focus is about where are attention is. What are we giving our attention to? Who are we giving our attention to? Why are we giving our attention to? What we focus on is also what we consume. And ultimately what defines each of us is that which we create, and that which we consume. “You are what you eat”. That quite literally is true. Proven by science, proven by common sense, proven by the history of man. Thus it is a great fundamental truth. But a partial truth. The complete truth is, “You are what you consume”. And what we focus on is what we consume.

What are we consuming? Is it good for us? Who made it? Why did they make it? If what I consume through my mouth, my eyes, and my ears makes me what and who I am then should I not be careful about what I consume? Who is the author of this media I consume? Why I… literally know nothing about them? It is not the actor or the director, though people know them well, and some worship them. But they are not the creators of the content. They are just working from the script. They are the performers of that which was created. But they are not the creator or the final authority. (Yes, there are exceptions but normally the producer, writer, and director are different people.) The creators and the controllers are the writers and producers. If I mention a popular movie from the past few years and let’s say one you watched and liked. Many or most will be able to list the main actors in it, some will be able to tell you the director. But how many know who the producer was? And how many know who the actual creator was? The writer.

So then if I am what I consume then am I not ‘shaped’ by the creator of the content I consume? And who is the creator again? You don’t know? In many cases we know absolutely nothing about the writer. First and foremost just who are they? But more importantly what are they? What do they believe, what do they value, what do they consume? Are they using their creation to pass on their values/beliefs to others… the consumers? Might they have an agenda?

And if we are what we consume then what if a person wanted to shape another’s opinion? Could they not just then inject their ideas into that which is consumed? And if someone wanted to influence a large group of people; millions, populations. Then they would need a way to expose the consumers on a mass scale; print(newspaper, books, magazines), radio, movies, TV, internet (the amalgamation of print, audio, video). Mass Media. And they would need to control a large spectrum of media to ensure the message propagates throughout the different strata of society. A media empire so to speak…

The top 6 companies that control 90% of media in the USA;

If we are what we create and consume, and we live in a consumer society. And few are creating, most are simply consuming. Then is not the consumer but a creation of the content consumed? And this would mean that the ‘creators’ are in control… right? If I am what I create and consume but all I do is consume content created by others. Then ‘others’ are shaping who we are. Our thoughts, opinions, ideas are being given to us based on what we consume. And if we allow others to consistently and constantly ‘inform’ us, then who are we a reflection of?

Full credit to John Rappoport who consistently espouses the importance of creating.

Let’s look at it another way. Have you heard the phrase; “A person is a product of their environment’? It is from our environment that we obtain what we consume. Our environment always has a direct influence on us. So what exactly is ‘influence’?

Merriam-Webster Definition of ‘influence’;

noun: the power to change or affect someone or something: the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen

verb: to affect or change (someone or something) in an indirect but usually important way: to have an influence on (someone or something)

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary;

noun: In a general sense, influence denotes power whose operation is invisible and known only by its effects, or a power whose cause and operation are unseen.

verb: To move by moral power; to act on and affect, as the mind or will, in persuading or dissuading; to induce. Men are influenced by motives of interest or pleasure.

How is one influenced? What does it mean to be influenced? Certainly one absolute fact is that in order to be influenced by anyone or anything one must be ‘exposed’ to it. Important to note that this exposure does not have to be direct or prolonged. You can be influenced by say a good friend, a long time friend, a friend that you trust. Let’s say your friend influences you on a specific topic, and you are consciously aware of this influence. Because of this influence you make deliberate decisions. Let’s say it’s an activity, the particular activity is unimportant. If you can, recall an activity someone else turned you on too. By ‘reacting’ to the influence of your good friend you become heavily involved in this new activity. You research it online, buy the necessary materials/equipment to get started, schedule time to engage in this activity, think about the activity when you daydream. Over time, maybe even a short amount of time, a great deal of your focus is on this specific activity. All because of the ‘influence’ of your friend. I wonder ‘who’ influenced your friend about this activity… and why?

Let’s look at influence from the viewpoint of a young child. And let’s go back in time a few hundred or thousand years but at least until we predate the printing press. And this could be any group on any continent. Whether it be tribal man in the America’s, or larger and more organized societies such as the Zhou Dynasty in China or Europe in the Middle Ages. You are born into a family who is part of a tribe or village. Even if you were born in a city, say in 1400 Europe it’s size is relatively small, couple hundred thousand for a really large city, but the average city would be in the low tens of thousands. The point is that your immediate sphere of influence is relatively small, and decidedly local. So by far the most powerful influence on the young child is their family; mother and father, siblings, grandparents, and other extended family. And then beyond this immediate and significant group of influencers are the members of the local community. Neighbors, fellow tribesmen, other peoples of the local village and surrounding farms. Depending on circumstances the young child may daily be exposed to numerous other persons, especially in a traditional tribal setting, or very little, say the child of a farmer whose land is a fair distance from the village. Regardless, the child is directly influenced by people that are either related to them, or part of the same community. And the influencers who are not family are well known to the family. Mom and Dad not only know exactly who they are, they know their names, probably know where they live, and what kind of persons they are. So that which influences the child is either family, or local, and is well known by the child’s parents.

Now look at our current age, in modern westernized society. Mom and Dad work at different jobs, siblings go to different schools. The teachers at the schools are more likely than not strangers to the parents, and a good chance do not live in the community in which the school is located. Especially today your more likely to find each individual within the household to be consuming media unique and separate from their family members. And therefor what we have is that each individual’s, within the family, main source of influence is NOT other family members or even persons of the local community, but it is of strangers. Parents teach their children not to talk to strangers, but it’s perfectly fine to watch what they created on TV! Is it any wonder parents and children are at odds? Is it any wonder why the family unit is so fractured?

We are a product of our environment, we are what we consume. The reality, that most of us are being influenced by strangers, is rife with the potential for malfeasance. We are consuming content that is created by persons we do not know, for reasons we are not fully aware.

“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. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.”

Edward Bernays. Propaganda (1928) First two paragraphs of Chapter 1.

“That we are in process of developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy, who have always existed and presumably will always exist, to get people to love their servitude. This is the, it seems to me, the ultimate in malevolent revolutions shall we say, and this is a problem which has interested me many years and about which I wrote thirty years ago, a fable, Brave New World, which is an account of society making use of all the devices available and some of the devices which I imagined to be possible making use of them in order to, first of all, to standardize the population, to iron out inconvenient human differences, to create, to say, mass produced models of human beings arranged in some sort of scientific caste system.”

Aldous Huxley. The Ultimate Revolution (U.C. Berkley, 1962)

The ‘masses’ and the ‘people’ of which the above quotes refer are not just others, strangers… they are you, and me, they are everyone we know. And so today we have all these tools of mass influence… mass media. Print, radio, video, and the combination of all three, and now in portable form the Smartphone, called the internet enabled device.

Is this the greatest problem facing humanity? That a whole hosts of tools, techniques, methods have been developed and employed to implement exactly what Bernays and Huxley were referring too. That the greatest threat to humanity has always been other humans, and that the few controlling the many predates written human history. That these tools of mass ‘influence’ are being used to manipulate us all. This manipulation is just that, it is the deliberate conscious actions of others to ‘shape’ our thoughts and opinions… without us being aware, conscious, or cognizant of this occurring.

The few controlling the many through manipulation and deception is ancient. We have ample proof of this through the well know cultures where a mortal man was worshiped as a god. Egyptians, Aztecs, and more recently the Shōwa Era Japanese (WWII). How did a person convince others to believe they were divine? Why did large populations believe this? Was the ruler mad? Did the ruler believe they were a god? Possibly, certainly they believed themselves above the masses, but they knew they had no special powers… except maybe the knowledge of how to manipulate others through guile and deception.

I have been using the word ‘influence’ very deliberately. I believe it to be currently used in common English as a neutral term, that it can be positive or negative. I also believe that when the word ‘influence’ is used that it is understood that the influence is known. The consumer is aware of the specific influence. So at this point I want to make a clear delineation between the term ‘influence’ and the term ‘manipulation’. I am defining influence as a clear known message, with no ambiguity. That the person understands when they consume a specific message what the influence is. That there is no hidden agenda. I am defining manipulation as a method of influencing through the use of deception. That the true objective of the consumed message (media) is hidden within. That the innocuous comedy which is designed to influence you to laugh, manipulates in many other ways.

Let’s take a real life example. When you go onto a car lot to look at cars, you are eventually met by a salesperson. Now we all know that the salesperson is going to try and influence the tire kicker to buy the car, we expect this… this is their job. Nor is there anything inherently wrong with this. But there is a difference between someone trying to openly, consciously influence you, and someone trying to manipulate you. And in fact there is a whole host of ‘Sales Techniques’ used to ‘encourage’ the potential buyer to purchase. There are countless books on it, and many of these techniques are deliberately manipulative. Now one could make a solid argument that the average consumer is aware that ‘sales techniques’ will be employed when purchasing a car and prepare accordingly. But just because one is aware of an impending attack, does not mean one will successfully defend against it. It brings new clarity to the phrase… “let the buyer beware”. There is a reason why many people hate buying a new car, even if they really want and can afford the car they desire.

However, the car buying experience is quite unique. There really is nothing else one purchases that is similar. And regardless of how someone ends up on a car lot, they are responsible once they drive onto it, they know what to expect… whatever guards they have, they are active.

But what of the TV, radio, internet? Is your guard up? Of course it is, I know when the commercials are on, in fact I use the ‘Prev/Last’ channel button all the time! But I’m not talking about commercials. Commercials are designed to sell specific products. But the few who control the many, they’re not using commercials to ‘influence’ the masses. No, they are using dramas, reality shows, talk shows, and news shows… to name but a few to manipulate our thoughts and hence our actions.

How does this work? It works in part because humans are highly suggestible. In Huxley’s Ultimate Revolution talk he mentions how for any technique of ‘suggestibility’ there is a basic 20-60-20 rule. 20% are highly suggestible, 60% mildly so, and 20% basically immune. Now notice the use of the word ‘suggestible’. Rather benign. But Huxley uses this word interchangeably with hypnosis. And I suspect that some people believe that hypnosis is impossible, or maybe the more accurate reaction the reader has is that it might work on some… but not on me! Would it not be wise to assume you’re in the highly suggestible group… just to be safe? Huxley alludes that this 20-60-20 rule is fixed or consistent across different techniques. But I must disagree. For from personal experience I can attest that I am highly susceptible to some and seemingly immune from others. It also seems that our suggestibility level is also greatly influenced by whether our ‘guard’ is up. Stranger vs trusted friend. Car lot vs grocery store. TV vs in person. I suspect that a tiny % of people are highly suggestible to all techniques, and an opposite and equal % are highly immune to all.

In Bernays’ Propaganda the most striking example of this ‘suggestibility’ was his explanation of how he used an ad campaign to encourage people to buy pianos without ever mentioning or showing a picture of a piano. It was done through a series of magazine articles in trendy publications encouraging or ‘suggesting’ the creation of music rooms. And that if one had the means to designate one room in the house to such a purpose then one would need to fill this space with logically things musical, which therefor led one to think of ‘what’ to fill this space with? Something substantial, something attractive, something musical, like a… piano. And so the person ‘inspired’ to create their own music room would naturally come to the conclusion to occupy it with a Grand Piano, without that ever being expressly mentioned. So Bernays perfected the technique of implanting an idea into a person in which the person believes the idea is their own inspiration. Another important point. This campaign was targeting at what would most accurately be described as wealthy people. People considered intelligent, smart… maybe savvy? Not suckers, fools, or idiots. And yet this campaign was quite successful.

The implanting of an idea without ones knowledge is thought control. And it wasn’t just to implant and idea for the sake of it, it was to implant an idea that would lead to a specific action. There is a more direct two word moniker… it’s initials are MC. But I’m not going to spell it out. Why? Because we’ve been conditioned, through mass media using thought control techniques, to react a specific way towards that two word phrase (and many many others). And the reaction is negative. It is to dismiss it, ignore it, ridicule it. The mental reaction is that of; “that’s ridiculous you can’t actually control someone’s mind!”. MC is very real and there are many methods, techniques, and tools to do so.

It is these different methods that make up a large part of the ‘ancient mysteries’ often alluded to. These techniques are how the few have controlled the many over the millennium. And it is these techniques that are being employed on an unprecedented scale in our Western societies. Mass media has taken these methods to a whole different level for various reasons;

  • One, the sheer volume of content. The consumer is literally overwhelmed, to the point of surrender. Which is a common military tactic.

When you are overwhelmed with information/content it becomes impossible to ‘consciously’ process it all… which means that at least part of that which is not consciously processed is ‘sub-consciously’ processed. Then it seems safe to assume that content is created in which the conscious data role is to overwhelm and distract, in order to deliver the intended data at the sub-conscious level. Which falls right in line with the classic strategy of the Illusionist, distract with one hand whilst preparing the ‘trick’ in the other.

  • Two, the sophistication of the techniques. A tremendous amount research and knowledge has been gained over the past 100 years in particular in regards to how the brain works (neurology), psychology, electromagnetics, and sound/video engineering.
  • Three, the pervasiveness of media. Print, radio, and video are everywhere in our culture.

The average person in the USA watches 5+ hours a day of TV (plus 30 minutes of ‘timeshifted’ viewing, DVR), and listens to almost 3 hours of radio. I don’t believe these numbers account for how much TV is now viewed using computers, especially for 30 and unders. Nor does it take into account video gaming. Let’s take a closer look at the TV…  and any light emitting device that displays an image; television, movie projector, computer monitor, tablet, smartphone.

“When you watch TV, brain activity switches from the left to the right hemisphere. In fact, experiments conducted by researcher Herbert Krugman showed that while viewers are watching television, the right hemisphere is twice as active as the left, a neurological anomaly. The crossover from left to right releases a surge of the body’s natural opiates: endorphins, which include beta-endorphins and enkephalins. Endorphins are structurally identical to opium and its derivatives (morphine, codeine, heroin, etc.). Activities that release endorphins (also called opioid peptides) are usually habit-forming (we rarely call them addictive).”

“First of all, when you’re watching television the higher brain regions (like the midbrain and the neo-cortex) are shut down, and most activity shifts to the lower brain regions (like the limbic system). The neurological processes that take place in these regions cannot accurately be called “cognitive.” The lower or reptile brain simply stands poised to react to the environment using deeply embedded “fight or flight” response programs. Moreover, these lower brain regions cannot distinguish reality from fabricated images (a job performed by the neo-cortex), so they react to television content as though it were real, releasing appropriate hormones and so on. Studies have proven that, in the long run, too much activity in the lower brain leads to atrophy in the higher brain regions.”

“Herbert Krugman’s research proved that watching television numbs the left brain and leaves the right brain to perform all cognitive duties. This has some harrowing implications for the effects of television on brain development and health. For one, the left hemisphere is the critical region for organizing, analyzing, and judging incoming data. The right brain treats incoming data uncritically, and it does not decode or divide information into its component parts.”

Wes Moore. Television: Opiate for the Masses. The Journal of Cognitive Liberties Vol 2, Issue 2 (2001) pgs 59-66,

“An important explanation for why we spend so much time motionless in front of the screen is that television constantly triggers the “orienting response” in our brains. As I noted in the introduction, the purpose of the orienting response is to immediately establish in the present moment whether or not fear is appropriate by determining whether or not the sudden movement that has attracted attention is evidence of a legitimate threat…”

“Now, television commercials and many action sequences on television routinely activate that orienting reflex once per second. And since we in this country, on average, watch television more than four and a half hours per day, those circuits of the brain are constantly being activated.”

“The constant and repetitive triggering of the orienting response induces a quasi-hypnotic state. It partially immobilizes viewers and creates an addiction to the constant stimulation of two areas of the brain: the amygdala and the hippocampus (part of the brain’s memory and contextualizing system). It’s almost as though we have a “receptor” for television in our brains.”

Al Gore. Excerpt from Assault on Reason, Chapter 1 , Sourced from; TVSmarter.com

Al Gore?!? I know I know. I’m sure he did not write it. And the chapter starts with the explanation of how fear is a major factor in human behavior. I would assume this is just more Globalists signaling. And in fact here is a quote from the 4th paragraph in Chapter 1;

“… If leaders exploit public fears to herd people in directions they might not otherwise choose, then fear itself can quickly become a self-perpetuating and freewheeling force that drains national will and weakens national character, diverting attention from real threats deserving of healthy and appropriate fear and sowing confusion about the essential choices that every nation must constantly make about its future.”

Hmm Al, that sounds EXACTLY like what is going on today. Thanks for the heads up! One other point, if the fear necessary to ‘herd’ the people does not exist… well then you create it! See: false-flags.

Note: VDT = video/visual display terminal

Since television viewing reduces the quantity of the highest frequency brain waves, those in the Beta range, and produces much more Theta (associated with drowsiness) what should we think of a medium that reduces the healthy disequilibrium of the brain, thus dampening down the brain’s ability to send or receive information? Print comprehension requires a high energy dis-equilibrating input. TV dilutes this need.

The Emerys’ report confirms Krugman’s preliminary findings of a reduction of brain wave activity in television viewing linked to a pattern associated with passive inattention. “The continuous trance-like fixation of the viewer is then not attention but distraction – a form akin to daydreaming or time out” (Ibid.). The chaos of high stimulation and extreme disequilibrium seems totally lacking here. Consciousness is not in evidence.

Their conclusions based on a careful analysis of the strong theta inducing properties of cathode ray technology, television and VDT’s, are clear: “television must be judged as a maladaptive technology” (727) because, among several measured reasons, it “inhibits consciousness and purposeful behavior.” In other areas of study they conclude that TV is maladaptive because it stimulates only recognition and squelches conscious recall; that TV involves “more forgetting than remembering” of TV content; that “understanding” of contents is minimalized (cf. 756).

As the Emerys and other investigators have shown, the neurophysiological evidence is overwhelmingly clear that VDT use for extensive reading carries the virtual certainty of deleterious health effects. Simply put: radiant light (as contrasted with reflected light, that is, cathode ray technology CRT) draws energy away from the verbal centre and sets up strong stress patterns for anyone trying to use a VDT for literate purposes. Print is going to have to stay on the printed page where it can best enhance our re-entry into the acoutic space of electromagnetic wave resonance.

Frank Zingrone. Chaos and the Meaning of Electric Culture McLuhan Studies, Issue 3 (1996)

Please click on the following link, it’s a selection of 6 photos of children’s facial expressions while they watch TV. Draw your own conclusions. Please click on this link!

From this point forward I will refer to TV or VDT as Video Display Device (VDD). Which includes; TV, projector(movie), computer monitor, tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc.

So let’s do some basic math here. And real math, not that Common Core garbage that has been specifically designed to confuse, and retard development. But doing real, basic, logical math. Let’s take the following truths;

  • The few controlling the many (globalists) has been a constant throughout human history. These few have developed a series of techniques, most of which employ some type/level of deception, in order to control (enslave) populations. Today referred to as ‘Social Engineering’.
  • Humans in general are highly suggestible.
  • People are a product of their environments. It is from our environments that we obtain that which we consume. We are what we create and consume. Most people in western cultures consume vast quantities of mass media on a daily basis.
  • The video is addictive, puts people into a hypnotic state, shuts down critical thinking skills, and inhibits consciousness. The average American watches 5+ hours of video a day. Plus whatever time is spent on their computer and smartphone.
  • Propaganda propagates through mass media to implant information within our minds without our knowledge or consent.
  • Globalists implement propaganda/public relations through mass media to manipulate public opinion, and direct the populations actions… or inaction.

So taking the above facts and combining them, technically it would be multiplying them, we can draw some inferences, make some observations, and put forth some conclusions;

Cognitive dissonance; the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas or values, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.

It becomes abundantly clear why we have so much cognitive dissonance in our societies. Because we are regularly exposed to competing and conflicting propaganda. Content that was not critically processed, but simply consumed or ‘downloaded’ into our conscious and sub-conscious. And hence why people today so commonly and easily hold contradictory beliefs.

All of this media that people are consuming directly affects the mind. Some people cannot turn it off, some cannot resist the influence. And some persons are becoming sick from it, what is conveniently being called ‘mental illness’. But all illnesses, all diseases, all physical maladies have a cause. We live in a cause and affect world. One just not just become ‘sick’, there is always a cause, now whether the cause can be determined, that is another issue. The same applies with mental illness. Something is causing it. And if we come back to the basic premise that we are what we consume… then is seems logical to postulate that ‘mental illness’ is a direct result of that which has been consumed.

So consider that many labeled as ‘mentally ill’ are actually victims of that which they consumed, and most likely a combination of media and drugs. It would also be logical to assume that those who fall victim to this are in the 20% of the population who are highly suggestible. I also am comfortable in postulating that in some of the extreme cases that there is also mental manipulation occurring at the person to person level.

Bruce Jenner. Not Caitlyn, and HE is not a women. He is not mentally ill, for ultimately that label is just an excuse, a cop-out. “Oh, he’s just got mental problems, that is what is wrong with him.” No he is not mentally ill, but I would argue that he no longer is in control of his life. Mentally ill? No. Mentally enslaved…? I recently ran into a short video about a man in his 40’s, recently left his family of 8, to become a transgender female. Notice I said female and not women. Because not only has he chosen to be a female, but he’s chosen to become a little girl of 6, and has found a family who is treating him as such, who also have a daughter of 7. It goes without saying this is not normal, and again some would just label him as mentally ill and move on. But again illness does not just happen… it is my conjecture that this is an extreme example of mental manipulation.

Let’s look at some other ‘conditions’ where the persons have obviously been unable to ‘turn off’ or ignore the programming. The most blatant is the obesity epidemic in the USA. Now this is a multi-pronged assault. It includes market saturation of fast food and restaurants, ingredients in products to encourage overeating, and addiction. Almost everyone you know is addicted to sugar. And you did know that High Fructose Corn Syrup suppresses the signal that the stomach is full right? There is a 1-1 correlation between the wide adoption of HFCS and the explosion in drink sizes… and obesity. The only size soft drink at McD’s in 1955 was 7oz, today the average biggest size at many fast food chains is 42oz. And throw into the mix the barrage of food commercials (programming)… voilà Fat America!

The shopaholic and the hoarder are also examples of those who cannot ignore or resist the message to BUY! It’s also why the ‘Dollar Store’ concept exploded. Allowing the low income market to still be able to respond to the ‘Buy’ message on a regular basis. I live in Texas, you can’t go into a small town without finding at least one Dollar chain store, usually it’s two. The hoarder is actually a double whammy. They cannot resist the message to buy, nor can they ‘let go’ of that which they obtained.

Some are addicted to food, others to shopping, and some to the news. The news in particular is a very powerful and dangerous tool of manipulation. That it is so is nothing new. Two hundred years ago Thomas Jefferson in a private letter had the following to say;

“… It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it’s benefits, than is done by it’s abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knolege with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables. General facts may indeed be collected from them, such as that Europe is now at war, that Bonaparte has been a successful warrior, that he has subjected a great portion of Europe to his will, &c., &c.; but no details can be relied on. I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

Thomas Jefferson. ‘Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell‘. The Founder’s Constitution Volume 5, Amendment I (Speech and Press), Document 29

A hundred years ago Upton Sinclair had this to say concerning the ‘free’ press;

“Please pardon these personalities, for they are essential to the thesis of this book – that American Journalism is a class institution, serving the rich and spurning the poor.”

“Politics, Journalism, and Big Business work hand in hand for the hoodwinking of the public and the plundering of labor.”

“Journalism is one of the devices whereby industrial autocracy keeps its control over political democracy; it is the day-by-day, between-elections propaganda, whereby the minds of the people are kept in a state of acquiescence, so that when the crisis of an election comes, they go to the polls and cast their ballots for either one of the two candidates of their exploiters.”

“The methods by which the “Empire of Business” maintains its control over journalism are four: First, ownership of the papers; second, ownership of the owners; third, advertising subsidies; and fourth, direct bribery. By these methods there exists in America a control of news and of current comment more absolute than any monopoly in any other industry.”

Upton Sinclair. ‘The Brass Check‘ (1920)

Sinclair is best known for his work The Jungle (1906). An expose on the Chicago meat packing industry and their abusive labor practices and horrible sanitation practices. This novel led directly to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also led directly to Sinclair’s own personal battles with the press. The Brass Check is an expose of the American ‘free’ press.

Sinclair was labeled a ‘muckraker’… a derogatory term used to describe journalists who actually were uncovering the truth of illegal/immoral actions of business and governments. But we see this same pattern of derogatory labeling of anyone exposing the truth. Whistle-blower, conspiracy theorist, muckraker. And it is not ironic or coincidental that it is the press who creates and propagates these ‘labels’. As mentioned earlier with the MC phrase. We have been conditioned/programmed through media, but in particular the press, to react to certain key words and word combinations.

What does this mean today, in our 24/7 news cycle? It means as Paul Craig Roberts so aptly denotes, that the 4th estate is nothing but ‘presstitutes’. Jefferson clearly elucidates that the news is filled with lies, and one of the purpose of these lies as Sinclair exposes, is to furthering the agenda of business and government. On a practical level it means that the regular news viewer, is deeply deeply deceived. Spellbound would perhaps be a more accurate term. It is ironic that the regular news viewer, reader who on average has at least an under-graduate degree, would be considered intelligent and/or smart. They watch the news to ‘stay informed’. Well they are being ‘IN-formed’… formed by deception and lies. Another interesting condition we find is that the regular viewer of say CNN will see a FOX broadcast and clearly see the misinformation, leading, baiting, deception occurring on FOX, but they are blind to the exact same phenomenon in their own source of news.

Two years ago if I, or anyone for that matter, had written an article stating that Donald Trump would be the front runner of the GOP by a large margin going into the Iowa Caucasus in 2016 people would have laughed and said you were insane. You know that is true. And yet here we are. This fact is a clear demonstration of the power of the news media. The fact within the Alt/Truth media that I see more and more saying they are going to support him amazes me. But then again… Trump is no fluke, and the MSM does not hate him. They love him, he generates viewers which equal money. And so do the globalists. For if the globalists had no use for Trump he would get no MSM coverage, he would be treated like Ron Paul was the last few elections.

But why is there support behind Trump? One reason is because the other GOP candidates are useless puppets. Politically correct tools. No leaders, yes men and women. So Trump speaks his mind, stands his ground. He actually has some leadership qualities. But he is also an entertainer; the clown or court jester. A man who had declared bankruptcy 4 times, and been involved in hundreds of lawsuits, hundreds. A man who worships money and wealth (which is a primary reason why the world is in the current mess it’s in). It also appears a bigot. I thought the Alt/Truth community understood that politics today is just a show? It makes no difference who is elected because the elections are controlled and the elected serve the globalists, not the people. And yet look how much coverage Trump gets in the Alt media. Alex Jones has already endorsed him. Don’t be surprised if Trump is used to seriously malign the Alt/Truth community.

Much of this article has been focused on video and the VDD, but music by itself is a powerful tool of manipulation, particularly at the emotional level.Video Killed the Radio Star‘ Buggles(1979)… the fist song broadcast on MTV. But it did not happen. No, the radio and portable music players are doing quite well. Video just knocked audio down a notch, actually video enhanced audio, it dare not kill it. For as powerful as audio is by itself, and as powerful as video is by itself, neither alone comes close to matching the power of the combination of the two. And in fact at this point rarely is there video without audio. But audio alone can still enchant the masses. Radio still has a place in Huxley’s and our ‘Brave New World‘. But if you doubt the power of the radio let me remind you of 1930’s Germany, for it was the combination of the radio and propaganda that was the cornerstone to rise of The Third Reich. Or do some research into H.G. Wells ‘War of the Worlds‘ radio broadcast ‘experiment’ in 1938. Don’t underestimate the power of audio alone, and the influence radio still has today.

And just as video (TV) supplanted audio (radio) as the primary enchanter of the masses, so has the computer supplanted the TV. To be clear it is the video device connected to a computer, and a computer connected to the internet. Whatever form this may take. Traditional desktop with monitor, laptop, tablet, smartphone, wearable eyepiece in the near future, and an implant in the not too distant future. The computer is also a VDD, so it has the same inherent hypnotic effect as the TV. Plus, it is interactive. To draw the consumer even deeper into the web. I can personally attest to this. I never lost track of time watching TV, or was able to fight off sleep because I just could not pull myself away from a TV show. But this happened many times with the computer, in particular with games. Totally losing track of time, up all night. You’ve heard stories of the person completed addicted to MMORPG’s (EverQuest, World of Warcraft, EVE Online). To the point of neglecting the rest of their lives; family, health, work. Addict. The ‘couch potato’ would be a TV addict, but no where close to the destructive level of the MMORPG addict. So the computer has taken the VDD addiction to a whole new level.

We see this same addictive behavior with the smartphone. Users can’t put it down, can’t be without it. Classic addiction behavior. It’s also proof that when an addictive behavior is adopted by a large % of the population it becomes ‘normal’. That does not mean the behavior is healthy, important, or positive… just widely adopted, and hence now normal. One other important factor that separates the computer from the TV, it allows the globalists, the controllers, the manipulators to track EVERYTHING the user reads, watches, says, plays, and interacts with, and where and when this occurs. A veritable gold mine of information. The internet connected smart device (tip: smart = spy) allows mass control at the individual level. A first in human history.

We’ve gone from the movie theater, to a TV in every household, to multiple TVs, to many having a computer, to everyone having a smartphone. How faraway is the wearable computer(Google Glass)? It appears the Virtual Reality (VR) headset it about to take off. 

VR headsets will have wide angle cameras (like what smartphones already have) that will allow the wearer to see the world around them without having to take off the headset. And this VR craze is the next progression of deeper entrainment. The immersion level is off the scale compared to TV or the computer. People will spend their entire lives in virtual reality. And this will lead to direct control of the masses. How long before a fully functional implantable device? The globalist want us all micro-chipped. In the original ‘Freedom to Fascism‘ (2006) by Aaron Russo he speaks about a conversation with Nicholas Rockefeller, who says that is the goal. Note: I’ve watched ‘Freedom to Fascism‘ twice. The 2nd version did NOT have the section where Russo speaks about his conversation with Nick Rockefeller. After searching for it, it appears Russo speaking about Rockefeller and chipping was an Alex Jones interview (but I still would swear I saw it in the first viewing of ‘Freedom to Fascism‘);


10 minutes well spent, it’s all Aaron speaking.

As mentioned the video display device inherently is hypnotic, regardless of what is being displayed. But it is taken to a whole new level when specific visual and audio techniques are used to further entrance the consumer. Audio using specific frequencies, patterns, and tones. Video using specific patterns, especially flashing light patterns. The spinning circle is a very common technique used to lull the consumer into a deeper state. You see these commonly with newscasts intros, you also see it every time you’re waiting for the next video to load on NetFlix. And in fact there are a whole host of audio (both music and speech), video (both visual, light and hand/body movements) techniques that are employed to deliberately mesmerize the viewer. And these are just techniques at the conscious level. The sub-conscious, subliminal methods are a subject wholly onto itself.

To this we add the last important factor to effectiveness of the VDD, that of drugs, both prescription and illegal* (including marijuana). The use of drugs can have a profound impact on the mental state of the consumer, further lowering the mental defenses, and greatly increasing the effectiveness of the VDD to entrain the consumer. As mentioned this also applies to legal or prescription pharmaceuticals. 50% of the people in the USA took at least one prescription drug in the last month, 70% have at least one prescription. I still can’t believe it’s that high. Did you know there are only two countries in the world who allow pharmaceutical advertising?… New Zealand and the USA. Many of these ‘legal’ prescription drugs are much more powerful than some ‘illegal’ drugs. It is my contention that many drugs are specifically designed to enhance the effectiveness of entrainment techniques of audio and video. A subject also wholly onto itself.

*Even though I believe drugs are used to heighten the entrainment effect of the VDD, I also believe they should be legal. For several reasons but primarily because what a person does with their body, as long as it is not adversely affecting another, is their own damn business. Including what a person decides to consume. And by legal I don’t mean the Government regulates.

The content we have consumed is persistent too. A year or so ago, my son and I decided to watch the ‘Star Wars Holiday Special‘ from 1978. We had heard how bad it was, and as we both enjoy the occasional, so bad it’s good, film we thought we give it a go. Note: The Special was bad, awful, horrible. The copy I located had the commercials as part of the broadcast. I swear within the first two seconds of almost every commercial you could have stopped it and I could have sung the entire jingle and story boarded how the commercial would play out. I had not seen these commercials in at least 35 years. And that is just ‘harmless’ ads… but embedded deep in my memory. What else is embedded deep in our minds that we cannot consciously recall, but can be easily triggered with a still image or a couple of sound notes?

What does this lifetime of entrainment, conditioning, programming, propaganda mean to you and I, to all of us? Eventually it leads to some very troubling questions… disturbing questions. Some fundamental questions of identity. Like, ‘just who am I exactly then?’ line of questions. It also brings into question just how ‘in control’ is anyone of their life? If one primary purpose of covert propaganda is to implant an idea without the target knowing it. Then how do we know an idea, desire, thought is actually of our own making or been ‘programmed’ into us? I am not making lite of this. I am very serious. How do we know how ‘suggestible’ we are? It seems reasonable that even if we are aware of certain techniques, and are either immune or able to block/resist, that there are others that are extremely effective that we are unaware of.

Awareness does not make one immune. I just heard an example from someone who studies media on how it is used to pre-program and condition people to current events. He conveyed whilst on a train at a station how he saw a black backpack sitting by itself and he basically panicked. “If you see something say something!” Bomb! Terrorist! He was aware of why he was reacting this way, and forced himself to calm down and stay rational. Just because we are aware that the media is being used to influence does not make us immune from it’s affects. This would be analogous to someone declaring that because they know alcohol can make them drunk it won’t affect them when they have a drink.

If you are reading this then you are aware of the reality of the world we live in, you’ve awoken to some degree. But DO NOT confuse this for being fully awake or free. We’re just aware now that we’re not as asleep as before, we’re aware that we are not free, but enslaved. We have all been exposed to decades and decades of programming. Layers upon layers. One does not cast off decades of programming quickly or easily. Frankly I have doubts if we can truly free ourselves from the mental enslavement we are under. But I am struggling to do so. Certainly the first step is stop consuming that which is meant to entrance us.

I’ve had a hard time writing and finishing this article. The very device I’m identifying as dangerous I’m also using to create this article. The irony is disturbing and painful. That which I’m railing against is fighting back. Many days it is impossible to focus, to concentrate. Writing and researching about this topic has made me much more cognizant of my own addictions and struggle to free myself from not only VDD, but the various systems of control under which we all live. There are times when it’s as if I’m a disconnected third party and can see and feel the forces battling within myself. I am becoming more aware of my own ‘programming’, and oftentimes can feel it pulling at me. As I said before, awakening does not = fully awake. And fully awake does not = free. It just means you’re now aware of the chain(s) that bind you. Becoming fully awake is one battle, obtaining personal freedom, both mental and physical, is quite another. But both battles are absolutely worth fighting for, both for selfish reasons, and completely unselfish, altruistic purposes. This means that currently I write this as a slave struggling to be free. I hope and plan to be speaking about this, sooner rather than later, as truly a free man, helping others to be free.

Note: I have not owned a TV or seen a movie in a theater in 3 years. I do not have Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu accounts. I no longer listen to broadcast radio, even in my car. I do download podcasts, and I still download videos through Usenet. But I am very careful what I watch and listen to now. I have not had a cell/smart phone in 2 years.

Our minds have been hijacked… our minds have been poisoned against ourselves. We are at war. But we’ve been fooled into believing who the enemy is, whilst the real enemy escapes unscathed.  It is not another nation, culture, language, religion that is our enemy. It is the oligarch, the globalist, the psychopaths. And they have no religious, cultural, or national loyalties. Capitalism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Totalitarianism, Feudalism, Monarchism, Despotism. The care not which ‘ISM’ is needed to control the people, as long as they are controlled. This war has many fronts, many battles. But the most important for the individual is the battle for the mind. To free ones self from the thought control, the programming, the propaganda. We must fight and win this battle first. Which will then pave the way for complete victory against the psychopaths in charge.

We wonder why others cannot see the facts, that are so obvious to us. They cannot see because their eyes are still blind, they cannot see because they are spellbound by the media they consume. One does not know they are deceived whilst in the midst of it. It is only after the curtain has been dropped that one sees the charade. Most reading this were at one point just as deeply deceived as they now see their friends and family to be. To call the asleep fools, idiots, or sheeple is counter-productive. And it certainly will not help them wake up. Speaking from personal experience, the coming to a fuller realization of just how much deception we live within is a traumatic and disconcerting experience. But, it has also been critical in grasping why and how events play out, and coming to a fuller understanding how the world really works.

I remind myself that we are all deeply deceived. The question is not “Am I deceived?”, the question is; “In how many unique areas am I deceived, and what is the depth of each?” This understanding helps me to not be as critical, to at least contemplate the possibility of ‘loving my enemies’… or at the least not be filled with hate, anger, and revenge. I’m reminded of the ‘Women in the Red Dress’ scene from The Matrix. We are trying to help free these people, but whilst they are still plugged in, still mesmerized, still programmed, still addicted… they will resist, they will fight us. They resist because they’ve been programmed to resist. Even those who actively work against us are themselves victims of this toxic culture in which we find ourselves. The abused become the abuser. The deceived lead others into deception… both knowingly and unknowingly.

There are powerful forces working constantly to keep us spellbound, to keep us distracted, to keep us from thinking, to keep us from questioning, to keep us tired, to keep us confused, to keep us busy, to keep us asleep, to keep us… enslaved.

And for those who choose to resist, to fight back, to tell the truth. They in particular will become targets to be either; re-assimilated, bribed into acquiescence, blackmailed into silence, harassed, gang-stalked, ridiculed, isolated, character assassinated, finances destroyed… and possibly murdered (‘accidental’, ‘sudden illness’, ‘suicided’). This means one is choosing the difficult path, the road less traveled, the straight and narrow. But, unless I’m grossly mistaken, it is not hyperbole or exaggeration to claim that we are literally talking about the very future of humankind and the planet itself.

I know that the world can be a vastly different place. I am not talking about Utopia. I am talking about a world built upon positive foundations. The world in which we live is built upon greed, deception, enslavement, and violence. And yet despite this there are many positive creations that have come from these negative foundations. So if what we have today has been created from greed, deception, enslavement, and violence then what kind of world could we have built upon generosity, truth, freedom, and peace? It stretches the imagination. We can have a vastly different world. Instead of the psychopath ruling, we can have the wise consulted. And though this transformation will be difficult, it is in no way impossible. But in fact it is very doable, and more encouragingly it can be done relatively quickly. For history is replete with the evidence of what man can do, both positive and negative, when he works in concert with his fellow man.

The Greatest Deception of All? There are many vying for the title. Religion, Government, Central Banking all want a shot. Convincing the slave that they are free is certainly in the Top Ten. But I contend that the greatest deception of all is the convincing of the deeply deceived that they are awake and enlightened. If humans do not awaken to how their thoughts, opinions, emotions, and actions are being constantly manipulated by others, but in particular by Social Engineers using Mass Media, it is immaterial what other great lie or lies we expose and overcome.

It will not be easy, but it can and will be done.

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56 thoughts on “The Greatest Lie: How propaganda through mass media spellbounds us all”

  1. Nice article, but a bit too long. Unfortunately, the writer is mainly preaching to the choir. Anytime I’ve forwarded links to friends or relatives I receive a deafening silence as a response or a response which is resistant to the truth and often bordering on hostility.

    It is obvious that the 80% of people who are either highly or moderately ‘suggestible’, don’t think they’re being deceived or, more likely, are too frightened to even consider that they’re being deceived because they might have to make some adult decisions, perhaps for the first time in their lives which could alter their lives.

    You see, infanticide is okay for living beings gestating in a human womb, but not okay when one has to make the choice to eliminate one’s own infantile thinking.

  2. Kevin,
    Your thoughts on addictive behavior are well taken, but I have to disagree with you about avoiding the stimulus. The mind is so much more powerful than a video display device (love the new VDD acronym by the way.) The VDD has no power that is not ceded to it from a person’s mind, so avoiding the manipulation is less helpful than recognizing this fact. A mind can take any message, no matter how threatening, and turn it to its own advantage.

    I can see you put a lot of work into it this long article. You’ve marshaled a lot of information. I don’t know how much editorial feedback you are looking for, but I’ll just mention this. You wrote of narrowing down your number of subjects as the project became too big. This is a problem for me too. It seems like I always abandon half of what I spend so much time writing. One thing you could maybe try another time is starting with a deliberately narrowed subject, like a single issue. It will always expand to fill up any space you got anyway, but it may be easier to control.

    (Also, the link to the children’s faces doesn’t work.)

    1. Thanks for the feedback. My reference early was to the various big lies and imminent threats that exist. Thanks for the heads up about the link. I specifically tested that link while editing the article and it worked. Coincidence? The pictures are powerful.

      1. The link does not work for me either and I really wanted to see the photos. It says server not found. Otherwise outstanding article!

        1. Thank you so much for the link! Those pictures are so good and so scary! I just want to shake those children.

  3. Good article, thank you. I’ll add that the U.S. TV and media borg could not perform its hypnotic work without the collaboration of many other entities:
    * foreign media, particularly in “rogue” and “unaligned” countries from Russia to Iran;
    * groups and organizations that have their own networks of supporters, all over the political spectrum, from GreenPeace to the OathKeepers.

    The global and cross-disciplinary disinformation machine has been a very big project. It may compete for the title of the single largest successful undertaking in history.

    Love,

  4. Kevin,

    Good article – thanks for all the work.

    My husband and I have not had a tv for over ten years. Nor do we watch movies. The radio station we have on is our local classical music station. Our son is 11. He is allowed to watch videos that we’ve approved but that’s not much of a problem as he doesn’t really care for watching videos. Our problem with him is video games, specifically, Minecraft. He is allowed a few other video games such as those from Lego or Mario but the Minecraft is addictive and we’ve been trying to find out why.

    He develops verbal, eye and head motion tics from video games. He had ordinary tics show up, occasionally, which seems to go along with physical development and we weren’t too concerned about them. But since he’s had an interest in video games those have gotten worse. We’ve eliminated the Minecraft and that’s helped a lot, but he really likes it and we get the weekly question of, “when can I play again?”

    I’m going to re-read the section on the effects of watching a screen on the brain. We had been looking into “frames per second” also, thinking that might have something to do with it. When we first started researching Minecraft and tics we found quite a lot of blog posts of parents experiencing the same thing. When we went to look again, a matter of maybe a month later, you have to dig deep into Google to find them. Wonder what that’s about?

    People’s attachment to their tv and movie watching is a wonder to me. I first discovered how much it means to people about eight years ago during the mortgage crisis. I visited a couple of blogs regularly that were geared to frugality. When the blogger mentioned all the good reasons there are for not watching tv and movies the comments section lit up! Oh my goodness! Don’t diss my tv/movies/games!!!

    1. I can’t respond specifically to Minecraft. But from years ago, Minecraft was played much longer by my 3 children, than any other game. By a large margin. Back then I saw it as good, since it is such a creative game. I also would say the need to collect resources and the open ended nature leads to long play time. Of course this was before Microsoft bought it.

      Most people are deeply addicted to video. Hence the outcry.

      Check these links for specific info on how TV/VDD affects the brain;
      http://tvsmarter.com/index.html
      http://collagesite.org/causeof/brainwaves.htm
      http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/5jcl/5JCL59.htm

      1. The information you present in your article on the way in which television affects the brain was, in my opinion, one of the most valuable parts of the piece, because this was new information for me, Kevin. I agree with some of the feedback about your piece being too long, I agree that it could easily be pretty severely pruned and thus made more effective and readable.

        Conversely, you neglected other areas that would make your piece more comprehensive. For example, I think you would do well to mention key historical developments such as the CIA’s long running Operation Mockingbird, the program developed to recruit senior mass media honchos in order to exert top down control of news content – http://consciouslifenews.com/operation-mockingbird-exposed-congressional-hearing-proves-cia-controls-mainstream-media/1170056/, or the large body of evidence documenting the development of psyops programs directed at civilian populations by colluding western intelligence agencies such as Operation Gladio – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGHXjO8wHsA, or the recent development of “perception management” programs employing internet trolls to monitor and engage in public discussions on higher volume websites with the purpose of influencing or “managing” public opinion – https://theintercept.com/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/
        Obviously, one could easily write an entire book on this general subject – something that has long been on my mind but will probably never get around to.

        One comment on the Aaron Russel interview – I have seen that before and think it is a fascinating and credible account of his experience with this minor Rockefeller scion. However, I think that in the last part of the interview Rockefeller is spreading some serious bullshit when he gives the bankster elites credit for creating “women’s lib”.

        I certainly believe that the Rockefeller Foundation may have deliberately funded and encouraged more recent women’s rights organizations, the deep state does this with organizations of all sorts across the social-political spectrum – left, right, and center. However, the “women’s lib movement” predates the Rockefeller empire by a century – the founding of the modern movement is generally credited to Mary Wollstonecraft with her book “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” published in 1792. Obviously, though, the real roots of “women’s lib go back millenia.

        Even more serious BS is being peddled by Rockefeller when he tells Russo that the transnational elites are aiming to create a one world state based upon socialism or communism. Socialism (as well as communism, at least in theory) is predicated on creating a classless society by elevating labor to preeminence and essentially taking the fortunes of the very wealthy and giving it to everyone else. Who on either the left or the right is foolish enough to believe that the Rockefellers and their cronies have any intention of sharing their wealth with the masses and creating a classless society?

        Anyway, in general I think your article is very good, thanks for the hard work.

        1. In case you missed this valuable link earlier, here is proof that Intelligence (“deep State”) infiltrates organizations through foundation dollars: http://www.cambridgeclarion.org/press_cuttings/braden_20may1967.html

          While the Rockefellers didn’t start feminism, they certainly infiltrated the movement and took it over. I think that happens all the time; in fact, I don’t think any group remains “pure” for very long before its infiltrated and turned from its original mission (the Sierra Club and Greenpeace spring to mind, as well as the Tea Party movement and even the NRA).

    2. As a mother and homeschooler (unschooler), I had to come to terms with my own ambivalence about TV and video games. Sandra Dodd has some of the most level-headed advice I found:
      http://sandradodd.com/screentime/

      In a nutshell, “screen time” is not all the same.

      Is all created content the same? Is a novel the same as a play? What about a play and a TV show or movie? Why or why not? How about a letter? An online comment? Is an in-person lecture better or worse than watching it online? What if there’d be no access otherwise?

      Technology can be a gift or a curse, depending how it’s used. My son socialized through video games, no different in many ways to pick-up basketball, except with video games he had the whole world to play with. He met real friends online. He’s not stunted socially or emotionally or academically; in fact, he’s pretty great…and he spent a LOT of time online during his school years. That’s not to say he had no supervision; I was always at home with him, and he did not have free access to the internet until later (and he’s glad).

      We have always watched TV together, constantly pausing to comment or poke fun. There’s no time to “zone out”. I watch movies and TV series, but they’re almost always “indies”: no big special effects for me. But storytelling is age-old…I enjoy it in all mediums.

      Fear should rarely (if ever) be our driving motivation. Use what technology we’ve been blessed with to enhance your life. It’s what brought you to MHB, right? It’s not ALL bad.

      1. Technology isn’t the problem. It could be “the solution”. Unfortunately, WE are not in control and those that are, are not nice people.

        Even things like documentaries contain programming. I have even seen documentaries that I watched years ago come back with new propaganda injected into them.

        It isn’t only the narrative, it is the visual cues as well. TV is a powerful mind-control device. Even though I’m aware of it, just watching innocently with full knowledge of what’s really going on one may be affected.

        I’m not a Luddite. Any TV I watch is VERY minimal and confined to something specific that I chose to see. Even with that, I’m often disgusted. The programming is very sophisticated and those that watch routinely don’t even notice.

        I actually think that, under our current circumstances, breaking the spell is necessary for adults and even more so for kids. That TV is a portal in your living room to a very dark place.

        1. I agree that children are a different matter, but for adults I think its kind of superstitious to think television can take over your mind even when you’re aware of it as a programming system.

          Media, especially television, is a straight shot to the thoughts and intentions of the programmers. It seriously reveals more about them than it does about you.

          In fact, I think the name TEE VEE should be changed to THE REVELATOR.

        2. I completely agree with your comment, lophatt. As Kevin has emphasized, we’re marinating in this stuff no matter where we go, but my husband and I do our best to keep the muck outside of our home and that includes not inviting it in through the tv.

        3. gwen, Recynd – I also homeschooled, unschooled. There were multiple times when I killed cable in our house. I was careful about what my children watched, but not nearly enough. I understood long ago about the potential dangers of the TV, but vastly underestimated it’s power and influence.

          lophatt – thanks for the comment. I agree documentaries are just as likely to have programming. The other recent problem with docs is their focus on the presenter instead of the material.

          Everyone you know is addicted to video… or the computer, or their smartphone, or all three. The addict never wants to be reminded of their addiction. Denial and bargaining are knee-jerk reactions of the addicted.

          I am not a Luddite either, but I’m heading that way. Imho, the current TV environment has become Toxic… it’s extremely dangerous. At least with the Internet you can avoid the garbage. That’s impossible with TV, even the commercials are hazardous.

        4. At the risk of seeming argumentative (that’s not my intent), how do you define addiction? Is “dependence” the same as “addiction”? How about “obsession”? “Compulsion”? Is addiction related to amount of use? (Are you sure?). Who decides whom is the “addict”? I read voraciously as a youth, sometimes to the exclusion of everything else. Was I a “book addict”?

          No matter how it’s defined, addiction is ALWAYS a symptom of a larger problem, and it’s usually something related to unhappiness. Taking away the addictive substance does not cure addiction, nor does a tool or substance itself create it. Without addressing the underlying condition, an addict will always find something to be addicted to.

          I use my computer (actually, my cellphone now more and more) for a myriad of reasons: to read and write email, to get information, to read Scriptures, to listen to music, shop, to watch lectures I’d never see in person, to keep in touch with family and friends, and, occasionally, just to pass time. But there are a lot of ways to use this one little device. People used to to have fewer options for these activities, and they were less convenient. I LIKE having more options with greater convenience. I think one of the biggest problems is actually in the attempts at regulating this technology.

          I get what you’re saying about the programming, but how are books or plays any different?

          I think that all technology, like all tools, are inherently amoral. They are mere objects. There is no evil tool…only tools used for evil purposes. Their use is determined by us. Tools can be used or abused.

          I think we need to be very careful about the words we use and how we use them. (I am guilty of carelessness myself.).

          I wish I could hone this comment, but I have to run…work beckons. This is a great topic, I think.

        5. I don’t use the term ‘addict’ lightly or flippantly. The reality is we are all addicts. At the very least we are addicted to 02, H20, and some form of energy(food) to survive. So you could argue that humans, actually all living things, are addictive by nature. And addiction is not inherently bad. We can be addicted to positive actions. To me addictive is something that must be done on a regular basis. And it seems that most people tend to be ‘controlled’ by their addictions.

          “I think that all technology, like all tools, are inherently amoral.” – I use to believe this way as well. But part of the point of my article was that the VDD is not an amoral device. It has a proven negative impact on our brains, regardless of how we use it.

          I will not argue about the usefulness of the the VDD, or the Smartphone in particular. Frankly what functions it can do now blows away the tri-corders of Star Trek fame. But this is the hook. How could something this great be bad??

        6. We don’t define “addiction” the same way. An addiction, the way I define it, must include ALL of these elements: alter one’s state of mind or physical being; must require increasingly higher doses to obtain the same effect; must impact the user in a substantially negative way; when the substance is withheld, unwanted, intrusive thoughts about obtaining the substance occur; and attending substance-seeking behavior.

          That’s very specific…what you describe isn’t “addiction”; instead, you conflate “needs”, “wants”, and “obsession/compulsion”. It is ridiculous to say that H2O or O2 is “addictive”.

          If I watch video of my child on VDD, is that “dangerous”?

        7. You all have good points, and I’m not being very clear. Further, in the interest of clarity, I try not to tell people what to do. If someone wants to watch the thing, great.

          There are a couple of things that I feel deserve attention. One is that NOTHING gets on the TEE VEE without careful vetting. As a result, anything that the reviewers don’t want you to see or hear, you won’t.

          Conversely, IF you see it, they WANT you to. If one believes that we live in a pleasant, trustworthy place and time where everyone has the highest of intentions for our common well being, I suppose there is nothing to worry about.

          Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people. To add to my problem, I’ve studied enough on various subjects to be “dangerous”. I can tell garbage masquerading as information. Those who get most (if not all) of their information through “the tube”, have nothing to compare it with.

          Secondly, the TEE VEE is not simply a harmless device primarily concerned with commercial interests. If all the advertisers went away tomorrow, it would still be funded, guaranteed. It is an instrument of mind-control.

          For those obsessed with celebrities or “reality shows”, the subject matter is obvious. I am more concerned with those who believe they are being “educated” through the medium of high-quality documentaries and other “opinion pieces”. There again, while the central material may or may not be accurate, it is the “buried” themes contained in the background narratives and visual presentations that is harder to recognize. The net effect is that, over time, people come to believe in a world that simply isn’t as described.

          Now, I can be accused of not having sufficient faith in the general population’s ability to discern “fact” from fiction. I stand convicted. I have had numerous discussions with people over the years in which it is apparent that their only exposure to the subject was through TV.

          So, COULD TV be a useful technology? Absolutely. Is it? It is a tool for various change agent’s use in their work. It is the tool of choice for those enslaving us to communicate to the herd. It is the main device utilized for the protection of the status quo.

          I’m attaching a link that may appear to be “off topic”, but I find illustrative. We’ve all been bombarded with discussions of the Ammon Bundy “standoff” in Oregon. We’ve heard various interpretations, most commonly centered on “crazy gun nuts”, etc.. Please take a minute or two to read this and let it sink in. Also know that this is happening in other states as well:

          https://www.intellihub.com/clinton-foundation-payoffs-promised-hammond-ranch-other-publically-owned-lands-russia/

          Note, if you will, that this motive has not been raised by ANYONE discussing this on TEE VEE. No one there has mentioned that former Senator Harry Reid is involved in a business proposition with Chinese that involves “public lands” currently used by the Bundy family. Similar scams are being run in other states as well.

          So, TEE VEE as an information source is somewhat,…….., er,….”limited”. Most go about their business content in the knowledge that they are “informed” about events. Are they?

        8. I think I understand what you’re saying. In fact, I totally agree with you. But what Kevin is saying (I think; correct me if I’m wrong) is that video images and displays are, by their very nature, dangerous and should be avoided.

          That includes, I presume, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, recorded lectures and interviews, videos of family, recordings of plays, and everything else we see, read, or watch on a video display device.

          I agree that all mainstream programming (including “news”, documentaries, and even sporting events) are manipulative. I even agree that many “alternative” productions are. But that doesn’t mean we can’t…or shouldn’t…watch them; we shouldn’t be consuming ANYTHING thoughtlessly.

          I respect those who choose not to watch TV; I grew up in a home where I was allowed 7 hours of viewing PER WEEK, and rarely watched that much. But I did read plenty of crap that probably warped me just as much (probably more).

          I’m saying this: we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. And we don’t want to live in fear.

        9. Recynd… this has been a hard pill to swallow for me as well. But based on the research any video display device, regardless of what is on the screen, does the following;

          video is addictive
          puts people into a hypnotic state
          shuts down critical thinking skills
          inhibits consciousness.

          Here is a working link, not to the original site, of the kids watching TV
          http://www.demilked.com/children-watching-tv-idiot-box-donna-lee-stevens/

          And yes our definitions of addiction are different And depending on which dictionary you use the same can be said; but here is the definition from the Oxford Dictionary;
          The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity:

          People are addicted to caffeine and sugar, this is a well known fact. Those addictions are not necessarily destructive.

        10. You were clear, lophatt, even without the obnoxious TEE VEE spelling, which much be significant for you as it takes three times as long to type.

        11. Well, I’m so sorry to hear that that my choice of spelling is “obnoxious” to you which “much” be significant.

          Nonetheless, I wasn’t trying to be obnoxious, perhaps some are just critical and touchy.

          My advise would be to simply not read what I write. That’s fine with me.

    3. Fascinating posts,
      I too put away regular TV viewing years ago but like to selectively view movies and trusted documentaries,
      I believe the media, which is a pretty much a one way viewing screen,that you the receiver input direct and indirect subtle programming at many psychological levels of the brain,
      I do find that the tube is addictive at some level.
      Tis seems very sensational and very believable,
      there’s a lot of chatter about high tech/stealth weapons employing
      these concepts

  5. Very well done.
    Funny how one of the commentators described it as “too long.” Isn’t that a byproduct of the quick-fix culture. We have been programmed to have very short attention… what was i saying???

    I’ve contemplated and applied what little reasoning abilities I have left and come to many of the same conclusions. So what’s the point? What do any of us do with this information? What can be done?

    This might seem a bit counter-intuitive but I don’t think there is anything to be done. Sure a few will unplug and try and reclaim a nobler time but we are fish, and even if we do realize we’re wet, we still swim in the water. A lot of this is surmised by The Preacher that all is Vanity except the fear of the Lord.

    In my research the point of the adversary (whoever that is; Illuminati, Oligarchy, Rothchilds, Satanists, Devil, etc) is deception leading to enslavement. Your point as well from what I understand. Enslavement to a system devoid of serving the Creator who boldly stated He was “the Truth”. What your article lacked with the spiritual component. It cannot be divorced from our reality as much as we’ve been programmed to believe in a separation of Church/State or in the purely Materialistic world view.

    And that is where it comes down to…. world view. The basic philosophical foundations that ask the questions Who am I? Where did I come from? and Where am I going? I’ve put everything into a simple 2 category column. Creator distinct from creation including us as created beings and We are ultimately godlike or have the potential to be gods. There are many flavors of that, but they tend to filter down into those two polar opposite camps.

    The latter is obviously predominant and always has been. It’s also been the source, in my opinion, of all the greatest evils. The former is the straight and narrow, but does lead to true freedom. Not freedom from the influence of evil, but freedom to be saved from it. Freedom to bring about the Kingdom of God into the here and now. Freedom to be abandoned to a savior.

    It’s funny how that abandonment actually releases one from fear, which from your beginning statements is a prime driver of the messaging system.

    So keep up the fine work. It’s painstaking and drudgery for sure, but take encouragement that the answers are there for the seeker. This is not a battle against flesh and blood but against the supernatural so join sides with the One who will prevail and delivers us from the adversary.

    1. I got the feeling the ‘too long’, ‘preaching to the choir’ comments were done to deliberately discourage people from reading. To a degree I am preaching to the choir. Because many in the choir are still quite asleep, though they believe they are wide awake.

      It is my contention that the ultimate purpose of controlling the mind is enslaving the spirit. I made a conscious decision to keep the spiritual element out of this article. For that is a subject onto itself. Certainly one aspect of being ‘asleep’ is being spiritually; dead, ignorant, sick. We are at war, and the spiritual side is, at the very least, as important as the physical/mental.

      We were not created to be slaves. Nor does the Creator need servants. I follow no religion, for religion is the oldest system of control.

      If you are going to stand for the truth, then at some point you must point the magnifying glass, microscope, telescope of truth at your own Religion. But be forewarned, you may not like what you find.

      1. “I got the feeling the ‘too long’, ‘preaching to the choir’ comments were done to deliberately discourage people from reading.”

        It must be the rare reader who goes to the comments section first to decide whether or not to read the article.

        Leaving that aside, this is an unfair, and untrue, characterization, Kevin.

        The actual quote including both phrases was from one comment:
        “Nice article, but a bit too long. Unfortunately, the writer is mainly preaching to the choir.”

        It’s a blind leap to conclude that this comment from stlonginus was meant discourage people from reading your article, as he agrees with you and goes on to restate many of your points.

        Perhaps you were including my comment in your pluralization, in which I said, “I can see you put a lot of work into it this long article. You’ve marshaled a lot of information.”

        You can believe this is a jedi trick I’m pulling on readers to direct them away from your enlightening article, but, in truth, I was being kind.

        By all means, I urge everyone to read and re-read this 9,500 word article with extra graphics and videos and extended quotes from notables.

        1. And, it should be “spellbinds” in your title not “spellbounds.”

          I was going to give you other editorial feedback, if you were open to it, but it doesn’t look like you are from your comment.

        2. No apology, then? You know, Kevin, telling me that I could be right about my own intentions is another insult.

          It’s too bad. This may have been a productive relationship.

          You don’t know it yet, but there will come a time, if you’re any good, that you will long for some editorial input. It’s hard to get.

          But first you have to overcome the “feeling” that it’s some kind of conspiracy.

          Good luck to you, Kevin Scott King.

        3. I don’t owe you an apology as I never said nor implied that you tried to discourage readers. The person who made those comments was ‘stlonginus’, as you said yourself in the post above. I am willing to admit I might have overreacted to his statement. But his comment was the first I read, and it struck a negative chord with me. And that is how I reacted to it.

          I’m not disagreeing that the article was long. I concur that editing is not my forte. As a self critique I would say that the body or meat of my writing is solid, but my intro and conclusions are average at best, and my titles aren’t that great either.

        4. Toni,

          Is this some kind of infighting?

          Kevin King….Toni King……

          I’m just teasing…Don’t hurt me, I’m frail..Hahaha

          Just Kidding,,,,,

      2. Kevin, it would have been my advice to you to submit this material to James as a series of articles, each devoted to certain related aspects, but no more than 3,000 words. James would presumably publish one Part each week, with links to the previous Parts as the weeks pass.

        The thing is, time management. For busy people, very long pieces tend to get a lower priority when there are many web sites to visit each morning. Shorter articles get read, and bring a sense of accomplishment, along with an enthusiasm to comment on them. A very long one, deferred, might never get read, bringing a sense of loss.

        There is far too much good stuff to read and watch on the internet to ever come close to doing even a tiny bit of what we’d like to do. People around here like what you’re doing, so that’s more than half the battle in getting them to devote the time; just don’t make it any harder on them than it has to be.

      3. A great article. I was especially moved by the remarks you quoted from Thomas Jefferson, about the fake details in newspapers. He understood the problem of manipulation, even before the age of mass production and mass communication. The observation that there might be a commonly accepted fact, such as that Napoleon is a powerful warrior in parts of Europe – while all the details around this are suspicious – comes perhaps from his own experience of living in France, understanding some inside dope about it, and realizing the general public does not. In that sense, he is warning that unless you are close to certain circles, you will always have counterfeit information palmed off on you. He does not specifically say this, but there is that allusion. It is one more example of the few controlling the many, which he was fighting against, at least in his stated sentiments. He thus cautions against feeling you are informed because you have absorbed the contents of a newspaper. Better to know nothing than to be falsely informed.

        1. Musings writes: “He thus cautions against feeling you are informed because you have absorbed the contents of a newspaper. Better to know nothing than to be falsely informed.”

          Love this. In fact, this is how I rationalized homeschooling, when I finally made the decision to do it: “If he (my son) learns NOTHING at all at home, he can only be better off than if he’d learned ANYTHING (or, heaven forbid, everything) the schools are shoveling.

          I was right, though I didn’t have experience to give me the confidence I wish I’d had. Oh well, I’ve got it now. I have a fairly broad social group (church) with plenty of families, young and old. You’d (I’d) have thought these people would be more open minded; after all, the pioneer stock many Mormons come from were totally radical and non-conforming. Wholly open-minded (some said TOO much!) and persecuted terribly for their beliefs, by neighbor AND State.

          Sadly, Mormons have become some of the most conformist, close-minded, “inside-the-box” thinkers ever. So brainwashed. Rule followers. Authority followers.

          Oh, my point: I proselytized homeschooling to everyone at church. I wasn’t obnoxious about it, and tried a variety of tactics. The results were nearly identical to what I’d expect trying to convert a bunch of atheists to Mormonism: I came off like a zealot with something to sell. I got the same look I bet everyone here gets at extended family dinners, when a controversial subject is brought up.

          Funny, people don’t get so defensive in the face of bald LIES, do they? Ah, the dulcet tones of false information…

  6. So there’s the “how”; now what about the “who”?

    There’s also the possibility that something that started with decent intentions was hijacked by those with more nefarious intent:

    http://www.cambridgeclarion.org/press_cuttings/braden_20may1967.html

    There’s not an institution (educational, political, entertainment, medical, psychological, financial, religious, historic, scientific, you-name-it) that hasn’t been infiltrated. All tools are double-edged.

  7. One thing this article did was get me on a Aaron Russo run. He kept mentioning “My Madd as Hell show”. I had never heard of it before. I’ve seen the Freedom to Fascism movie.

    Here it is for those who never seen this before. This is 1996, 20 years ago under Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Many topics including Ca Law 187 ( no freebies to illegal aliens) that One Federal Judge overturned when 59% of California’s voted for.

    That was End to California as we knew it. It is well worth the watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnPqr5gIfGE

  8. If you remember the series Caprica, it was very well done and eliminated from the airwaves midway through its second season. Very much reflecting what we see today in technology trends (immersive reality) man machine interface, implants recreating the essence of who we are in a downloadable format, (ala transhumanism), (faux) religious fanatacism aka extremist terrorism, etc etc etc. The sci-fi channel played the last 5 or so episodes in a single day never to be seen again via broadcast. My point is you can’t condemn the vehicle entirely if you can deconstruct what you are seeing as it happens. The tech industry in the 80’s had very clear visions as to where it was going, if you were privileged enough to hear the multiyear plans….to me the endgame became obvious as in the tells in some of these sci fi shows. I’m not sure I could get the members card at this stage in my life, nor would I want to.

  9. I’m not sure this is the perfect spot to do so, but I had meant to post this tremendous article earlier, written by our very own Dinophile: http://therealcolorado.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-undead-amy-biehl.html?m=1

    In it, Dino digs deep into the story of Amy Biehl, the 26-y.o. intrepid do-gooder from Southern California, bent on bringing the light of voters’ rights to the bowels of Africa, murdered by the very hands that she was fighting to empower…oh, the irony!

    Since the story provides an excellent example of how the media brainwashes us, I thought I’d include it here.

  10. Very interesting article! The bit about Clear Channel owning every radio station in Minot, ND caught my eye. I may be mistaken, but I seem to remember that Minot is one of the areas for nuclear missile silos in the US. Of course there’s also the air base itself near the town.

    I particularly enjoyed the breakdown of the U.S. media and the graphics employed. On that note, I would recommend perusal of the liner notes from the Québécois band Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s album Yanqui U.X.O. In them they draw connections between media companies (particularly the music industry oligopoly) and weapons manufacturers like Raytheon.

    The implication seemed pretty clear that supporting media giants indirectly supported the military-industrial complex. It was, perhaps, the boldest statement I have seen by a “rock” band in a long time.

    It seems, however, that the band backed off from their message due to corporate pressure.

    Even so, it was a great moment for free speech and courage.

    Thank you,

    Paul

  11. Thank You for your illuminating article exposing the ubiquitous dangers of media on the minds of the average citizen. Having given up owning a TV 20 years ago, I can attest to the incredible mind-opening journey that results from ignoring MSM and spending time double checking news stories by doing our own independent research. Your efforts will be greatly rewarded with knowledge and critical thinking skills gained as you understand almost all of what you can read or hear on MSM is socially engineered to dumb you down and prevent you from taking action towards making both your life better and the world more sustainable to live in.

  12. For those who clicked and wanted to see the pics of the kids watching TV…
    http://www.demilked.com/children-watching-tv-idiot-box-donna-lee-stevens/

    The original site is down. While editing the article I specifically verified the link to make sure it was working, and it did. I post my article and the site is now down… hmm. The above link has the 6 original pics. These were neighborhood children, watching whatever kids program they chose on Netflix. She stood just to the side of the TV, the only light source was the TV.

  13. A very interesting and well written article. It never ceases to amaze me how programmed we all are, even those who have done great work in exposing various government deceptions.

    To me the single biggest deception around involves WWII and those “evil Nazis”. They’ve been at this one for over 70 years now and the stories seem to get more ridiculous with each passing year. Lampshades, soap. Children who were gassed 3, no, 6 times. Escaping the camps to run away to the forest where they were fortunately raised by a family of friendly wolves. Etc etc. Even with all the great work done that exposes the many lies told about the Deutsche, if you try spreading a little truth you better watch your back. To those that believe in lies, the lie becomes the truth, and if you tell these misguided folk the truth to them it will seem like a lie. And they will react accordingly.

    John 8:45 and its aftermath comes to mind.

    Believing this Yankee government as they prattle on and on about lampshades and gas chambers, decades after these stories have been proven false, is where most of the “Greatest Generation” fails. That one hook seems more deeply buried than all the rest put together. And it is probaby the most important one to remove, imo.

    It’s the biggest blue pill there is and as long as it’s still inside you the Matrix has you, lock stock and two smoking barrels. Most of the problems this world is facing revolves around it. It is history’s biggest “poor me” control drama, and the greatest weapon used in the War against the West. Sandy Hooks doesn’t even come close.

    I think the more lies the media can get one to believe in, the less able one is to discern the truth about anything else. And that is the true meaning of John 8:45. It is basically spiritual warfare.

    It’s why the media never passes up a chance to get you to believe in lies, even if it’s something as seemingly harmless as a fake Paul McCartney.

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