From the February 2006 Idaho Observer:
Changing the channel
In the two cartoons appearing in the hardcopy version of this month’s
edition of The IO, French cartoonist Andre Bickel has captured the essence
of the common man’s modern existence: Our mass minds are held in trance-like
states by communications technologies and mass media so that we will sit
still for a multi-directional physiological assault. In both cases, the
cause-and-effect relationships mass media, drugs, and chemicals have on
individuals and societies are known and fully exploited by government and
industry. The question then becomes, "How do we, as communities and
individuals, awaken from our psychological warfare-induced trance long
enough to look around and see the biochemical bombs exploding around us?
Coming soon, our leaders tell us, is an expansion of the war on terror,
another terrorist attack here at home and the bird flu. Coming online right
now also are the mass trance-inducing/people tracking technologies that have
been reported over the last decade by alternative presses as being under
development. Apparently "they" are hurriedly deepening our hypnotic state so
that when war and chaos cause TVs and radios to stop working and we
collectively awaken to Big-Brother’s brave new world we will be too sick to
do anything about it. Welcome to Orewll’s 1984—and you thought it was
The solution is stop watching corporate TV programming, stop listening to
corporate radio programming and stop reading corporate newspapers and
magazines—and don’t forget to throw your cell phones away.
TV: The most powerful psychological warfare weapon
by Steven Jacobson
Television is the most powerful weapon of psychological warfare in history.
This fact is so important it bears repeating: Television is the most
powerful weapon of psychological warfare in history.
Most people do not think of their televisions as weapons because they are
regarded as members of the family in many households across the country.
Television has been entrusted with the care of the youth of this nation as a
baby sitter. For many people, it is the primary source of news, information
and entertainment. After a hard day of life in America, many people come
home tired and plop themselves down on the sofa or their favorite easy
chair, reach for the remote, turn on the TV and put their mind on hold.
Think of the times you have observed young children or senior citizens
motionless in front of the TV. They wear a vacant, glassy-eyed look on their
faces because they are in a trance-like state. Although it is not
consciously perceived, the picture projected on the TV screen is actually
flickering. We do not see the flickering consciously, but subconsciously the
repetitive pattern of the flickering image induces a hypnotic state of mind
in those who are vulnerable to that form of psychological suggestion.
Since television is literally "plugging" itself into the brain and central
nervous system, our bodies are physiologically, as well as psychologically,
responding to television.
Though there are an innumerable progression of examples, one stands out as
memorable to many. In December, 1997, 700 children in Japan were
hospitalized after watching an episode of the popular "Pokemon" TV cartoon.
On this particular episode, stroboscopic flashes of light pulsated from the
eyes of one of the cartoon’s characters, causing epileptic-like seizures in
some of the children who were viewing it. Other children experienced muscle
spasms, dizziness and nausea.
Attention deficit disorder was practically unheard of before the advent of
television. Constantly changing camera angles and quick cutting from one
scene to another, techniques that were developed for TV commercials and
music videos, have been more common among the various types of programming.
These techniques effectively train into the brain a short attention span for
the beholder. Programs edited in this manner cause corresponding
electro-chemical changes in the brain which releases endorphines to cause
viewers to experience a drug-like effect.
A child sitting motionless while fixated on the TV screen is getting an
electronic "fix." Children who are fidgety, unable to focus and
demonstrating nervous energy will often calm down quickly when allowed to
sit and watch TV. This scenario infers that children can become
psychologically and physiologically-addicted to television in a manner every
bit as serious as an addiction to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.
The principles of mind control, hypnotic suggestion and mental programming
are ancient. Modern technology allows the implementation of these age-old
principles on a scale massive enough to influence the thinking and behavior
of large numbers of people. The goal of those using modern technology to
program the thoughts and actions of entire nations is to suspend the thought
processes of the conscious mind and leave them open to suggestion.
The first objective of the commerical advertiser or the government
propagandist is to create the conditions that will produce a state of mind
favorable to receiving their message(s). That state of mind is the hypnotic
state and television is capable of inducing this altered state of
consciousness automatically, regardless of program content, due to the
nature of the medium itself.
This makes television the most potent instrument of mass persuasion in the
history of the world.
Think for a moment about the way newscasters speak and you will realize that
they all talk the same way regardless of ethnic background. Whether they are
black, white, hispanic or oriental, with few exceptions, they all sound
alike. The patterned speech of the newscaster is similar to that of a
hypnotist. The newscaster looks directly into the camera and into the eyes
of the viewer—a technique that has been used by hypnotists for centuries.
Coupled with the newscaster being a trusted and respected authority figure,
his ability to encourage acceptance of the information being presented as
true and accurate is magnified.
It is no accident that television networks have "programming" departments,
that the lineup of shows is called "programming" and each individual show is
called a "program." The Orwellian world of mind control is a present day
reality. It arrived unnoticed because people were conditioned not to notice.
There could be no effective propaganda without the support of the mass media
in general and television in particular.
The consolidation of the ownership of presses, radio, television and movies
makes the coordination of propaganda possible. Though generally regarded as
a classic work of fiction, the novel "1984" by George Orwell was a warning
of what would happen to people who lost their freedom of mind without being
"aware" while it was being taken from them through artful abuses of
emotional and intellectual mind manipulation/control techniques.
Most people do not pay conscious attention to things that affect them
subconsciously. They do not usually know what to look for until these things
are pointed out to them. The most effective way to protect yourself, your
family and your community from subconscious manipulation is by being aware
of how it works.
According to Homer Simpson, the underachieving father figure on the
long-running adult cartoon "The Simpsons," the answers to life’s problems
are on TV. And, like cartoon characters, the American people have been
programmed to turn on the TV and select network programming for answers.
Our world has devolved to a state of perpetual war and conflict. That the
people tolerate this state is due largely to psychological warfare being
waged on them through television programming. This places mind control at
the top of the list as the most important issue facing society today.
Ask yourself, if the people were in control of their own thoughts and not
influenced by a barrage of media-induced propaganda, would they, on their
own authority, tolerate the world as it exists today or would they demand a
more just, compassionate and cooperative world?
The first freedom from which all other freedoms are derived is freedom of
the mind. If the present state of world affairs is to change, we will have
to break free of the programming and begin thinking independently again.
Steven Jacobson spent 13 years in the film industry and is a graduate of the
Boston University School of Communications. Once he realized how the mass
media was manipulating the minds of Americans without their knowledge or
consent, he abandoned filmmaking. Jacobson then dedicated his energies to
researching the hypnotic techniques being used to trance-form free-thinking
individuals into mindless conmsumers and malleable tools of government.
Jacobsen’s research has culminated in the development of the "Mind Control
in America" audio series available on cassette or CD. To order these
educational audios, write MCiA Media, PO Box 15734, Winston-Salem, NC 27113.
You can also call Jacobson at
(336) 723-6535 or visit the website at
Who owns the media?
(newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, music, movies, wire
services and photo agencies)
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in
the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing this
out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992,
he wrote "in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures
own and operate 90% of the mass media." He predicted then that eventually
this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted
with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was
published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been
more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the
Internet market. In 2004, Bagdikian published "The New Media Monopoly,
showing that only 5 huge corporations—Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News
Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) — now control
most of the media industry in America. General Electric’s NBC is a close
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