Changing Our World, While Keeping Us Largely Entertained

America’s fledgling broadcast industry began in the early part of the 20th century in New York City.  Therefore, it is only logical to assume that from its earliest beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s, the business of broadcasting television would be primarily dominated and controlled by prominent New York liberals and other members of the east coast Establishment.  This historical fact can be very easily verified.

The nascent broadcast industry, with its television network news divisions, was headquartered on the east coast in and around New York City, where most of the population was centered.  They were financed by big New York banks, and organized by wealthy New Yorkers, who were typically progressives.  In retrospect, there is nothing at all unusual or unexpected about the way that television began, and it explains very well why all of the major news networks are still very liberal today!

At roughly about the same time that the television industry was getting started on the east coast, another young industry was growing up on the west coast.  It was born in the 1920s, and it had already been around for about ten years by the time that television came along.  It was centered outside of Los Angeles in a little known village called Hollywood.  This became the entertainment and film industry that we know today, i.e. the movie business.  And Hollywood became the entertainment and film capital of the world!  The principles behind the movie business were west coast liberals.  There isn’t a whole lot of difference between east coast liberals and west coast liberals, except for the slightly different nature of their business interests!  For most of the 20th century there was a huge wall of separation between these two growing industries that disseminated information to the American public.  This ‘Iron Stage Curtain’ was mainly self-imposed, primarily by the more established Hollywood movie moguls, who were jealous of the up-start TV business, and would not share or release any of their content for broadcast on television.  Any maneuvering by one industry to gain control of the other would have almost certainly been opposed by the courts, and viewed as a form of monopoly.  I can say this confidently, without any hesitation because those same courts issued various legal rulings in the 1940s and the 1950s that prevented Hollywood Film Houses from owning or controlling the movie theaters that showed their films.  Hollywood tried very hard to get a foothold in both the theater business and the budding broadcast industry, but they were not allowed to dominate or interfere in these other two enterprises.  And to paraphrase a famous television news anchorman of the day, “That’s just the way it was!”

The developing broadcast industry was as separate from the movie and entertainment business as the east is from the west, or at least as the east coast is from the west coast.  They were as separate as fact is from fiction, or as truth is from lies!  The television business on the east coast through their affiliated stations, broadcast mainly the news and information that the nation needed to know.  The movie business on the west coast specialized in pure entertainment, which was mostly fiction, and while they did produce some early documentaries (notably to help with the war effort), they took no great pains to remain completely factual.  Hollywood was mostly, and still is mostly, all about entertainment (and propaganda)!

There was obviously some overlap between the two growing industries.  Because there are 24 hours in a day, television stations began to experiment with some early programs that were not really newsworthy.  They were primarily just entertainment in nature, like variety shows.  In that category there was The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Bob Hope Show.  They tried their hand at comedy shows too, like Laurel and Hardy,  The Three Stooges, and just for the children, Bozo the Clown.  They also produced some early sitcoms like The Life of Riley, I Love Lucy,  Leave It To Beaver and  The Jack Benny Show  One of the most popular sitcoms that I grew up with was called The Honeymooners, staring Jackie Gleason as Ralph Cramden, a New York City bus driver.  All of these early sitcoms generally portrayed life in America the way that it was, and not the way they wanted it to be!  They just focused on telling a story, and entertaining people by making them laugh at caricatures of themselves.

In retrospect it was all very innocent and harmless in the beginning.  There were NO hidden messages, NO political agenda, and NO social engineering built in the content of the programs that were produced for television.  But I think World War II changed all that.  Some people in broadcasting began to take notice of the power that television had over people, as it was then being used in Germany to program and control an entire nation.  Of course the same thing can be done with radio, and the film industry as well, but as I’ve already noted, Hollywood was never very concerned about telling the truth anyway!  Films were mostly fictional productions.  And radio is not as powerful a means of control as television is.

Gradually, some of the early television programming in America turned from purely news and documentaries, and other innocent forms of entertainment, to purely fictionalized storytelling with a hidden message.  From there, the programs morphed again into full-fledged social engineering projects, complete with their own political and social agenda!  Instead of just trying to sell the viewers something in the frequent commercial breaks between segments of the show, now the entire production was turned into a massive propaganda tool that was hammered home for sixty minutes every evening, usually five nights a week, for twenty-six weeks a year.  Television is primarily interested in selling the viewer on some particular thought, idea, or behavior!

In case you haven’t already noticed, you can detect this social engineering built into almost every television show you watch today, which is why I like to say that you aren’t really watching programs on television.  You are being programmed!  You are being conditioned to think and react in a certain way. Your acceptable responses to certain situations are actually being dictated to you by the interests that control Hollywood and the media!  That’s because somewhere along the way, during the last half of the 20th century, the wall of separation that once existed between Hollywood and New York, between movies and television, and between the film and entertainment industry on the one hand, and the television and news broadcasting business on the other hand, was torn down.  Hollywood movie moguls wound up in control of the whole enchilada, including the major New York television networks and their corporate news divisions!  Hollywood wound up in control of the whole ball of wax!  I guess their persistence finally paid off!  What they couldn’t accomplish in the 1930s and 1940s, they somehow managed to pull off in the 1970s and the 1980s.

Today Hollywood owns two of the three major television networks.  Walt Disney owns ABC, and FOX (20th Century Fox) owns FOX News corp.  So not only is today’s contemporary storytelling on TV purely fictional, but it is also laced with both hidden and overt messaging, and directed towards a specific social and/or political goal!  The lines between fact and fiction, and between news and entertainment have become so blurred that you can hardly recognize the difference anymore! Fact or fable, news or entertainment, reality or reality show.  It’s hard to tell the difference today!  What did you expect to get if you put Hollywood movie executives in control of broadcasting the evening news?  As I said before, Hollywood has never been very big on telling the truth.  The only thing that matters to Hollywood movie executives is the bottom line!

To see what has happened to the news, all you have to do is look at the way it is being presented on FOX News, the most popular news network in America.  Just look at the presentation. There are so many unnecessary visual graphics, and mindless, irrelevant, sound and noise distractions that have nothing at all to do with the news or the story being told.  But gee, it sure does look neat doesn’t it, especially if you grew up with boom boxes in your bedroom.  They have all of those stupid little blinking and flashing lights.  Perhaps it’s just me, but I actually prefer a real stereo receiver over those juvenile boom boxes with all of their little flashing lights.

Today, if you’re paying attention, you can detect the hardcore social engineering at work in almost every television program produced by the major networks.  That’s why they are called programs!  Here is an example.  Even though gays and homosexuals represent only a very small segment of American society, the so-called gay lifestyle is featured on almost every TV sitcom, way out of proportion to their actual numbers.  And gays are usually portrayed in a very favorable light, as if it is somehow kind of cool to be gay. The Hollywood portrayal of gays and lesbians just focuses on the good side of the individual, and not on the downside of their self-indulgent and self-destructive behavior.  Hollywood’s presentation of homosexuality doesn’t include the negative consequences of their lifestyle, and its harmful effects upon society, unless it is to point out how mean and unfair the rest of society is.  You will almost never see the gay lifestyle portrayed on television or in the movies in a negative way, or as it really is: lonely, unfulfilling, and generally harmful to society.

What are Hollywood and New York trying to accomplish with this kind of programming?  Television has definitely become an effective tool of social engineering.  In the right hands of skilled social engineers/producers, or directors, television can be relied upon to excise a social cancer, every bit as harmful to society as a real cancer is to a real cancer patient, and they can do it every bit as effectively as a skillful surgeon removes a real tumor from an oncology patient.  But in the wrong hands television can destroy our society!  Television uses both explicit and subliminal messages woven right into the fabric of the shows.  Hollywood is seriously trying to change society, while at the same time they are trying to keep us entertained.  Whether they are doing it with hidden messages or explicit messages, or whether they are merely trying to keep millions of Americans comfortably distracted, so that they are not paying attention to what is actually going on around them, it doesn’t really matter.  They are still accomplishing the same thing!  They are causing millions of Americans to opt out from reality, and they are Changing Our World While Keeping Us Largely Entertained.

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