One of the keys to finding out the truth about the world we live in, of verifying that we are being lied to, is to begin to understand the crucial role the mainstream media play in keeping the vast majority of Americans misinformed, disinformed and mindlessly preoccupied with a steady supply of cotton candy in place of solid food.
The truth about the media is not a hard concept to follow. The first thing you need to understand is that most media outlets around the world are businesses, run on the business model; they are not publicly-owned. They are run with the primary purpose of making a profit for their shareholders.
(These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media in America)
This quest for profits creates a fundamental conflict of interest between the desire to foster the common good which, ideally, should be a primary focus of any medium that claims to disseminate real news, and is a legal requirement for CEOs whose primary focus must necessarily be the maximization of wealth for their shareholders. Clearly, most humans who are legally required to generate wealth as their main job requirement will set out to fulfill that obligation rather than do something that isn't required, namely promoting the welllbeing of the public.
This basic conflict of interest between competing factors routinely forces those who own and manage news outlets to decide whether to air content that fosters public welfare or air content that maximizes a company's profits. In most cases, the push to maximize profits consistently overrides the need to promote the common good of societies creating a media blackout on issues that are of the utmost importance to them. The public, sadly, has no way of responding to this immense black hole in news reporting because, understandably, "you don't what you don't know." This is the aim of propaganda, to keep us in the dark, and sometimes we are complicit in this process.
When the push to maximize profits becomes strong enough, we see a wholesale perversion of truth and many times we see a dedication to providing TV audiences with cheap entertainment which has the effect of diverting the public mind away from what matters most and replacing what's truly important with the trivial. This is usually done in the pursuit of ever-higher ratings for the network's programming which, generally speaking, translates into increased profits. And we already know the CEO is legally required to generate as much profits as he/she possibly can.
(Chris Hedges: Mainstream Media Ignores What The Corporate State Wants Ignored)
This explains how much of the world can be brought to believe in collective delusions about the way the world works, leading them astray and away from the cold, hard truths that have the potential to preserve human life and solve the major issues facing today's global community. When the world becomes smaller as a result of our enhanced skill at traversing it and because we have become capable of communicating with one another in a matter of seconds, the various interconnected parts become more reliant on one another for the satisfaction of each other's needs. As a result, the exchange of valuable information take place faster than ever before but so does harmful information that is untrue as well.
The implications of these self-perpetuating delusions for societies result in a dark age in which much of the world is skillfully kept in the dark, a development that translates into wasted time, effort, and a diversion of funds and resources away from major concerns leaving societies without the information necessary to solve the problems that plague their existence. We must first be able to make an honest assessment of our situation before we can solve or, even better, anticipate problems before they arise.
In the case of the United States, journalists make up the heart and soul of our corporate media, which has a 90% share of all the media in our country, and most have sold their souls to selfishly promote their careers. Quite simply, they know what their institutions want to hear and that they'll be rewarded for promoting tawdriness so, in low-key fashion, they set out to promote their own careers at the relative expense of the public's need to know the truth. By promoting false narratives that seriously slow down our pursuit of truth, the public is deprived of potentially lifesaving knowledge that could translate directly into power when acted upon skillfully.
While careerism is not the only reason for this massive betrayal of the public's trust, it is a major reason behind the wholesale deception of the masses in a world where deceit has become almost universal, making the telling of truth a revolutionary act.
In this video, you'll be taking a first step towards recognizing the truth and the re-education of your mind by embracing reality, Reality is defined, here, as that which is leftover when you stop believing in something. You'll see many of the dynamics of mass deception that take place when the mainstream media in any society become compromised by Big Money. It is, after all, the love of money that is at the root of all evil.
In this case, you'll see a specific instance in the wholesale perversion of truth as it applies to the ongoing conflict between Palestine and the rogue state of Israel. Bear in mind that reality is probably not the way it's been represented to you most of your life, so be prepared to grapple with the many intricacies of a new perspective on the Middle East, a new way of looking at things. Make the time to look at the issues from every conceivable angle, mulling them over in your mind thoroughly.
This video serves as a prime example of a media blackout on truth, internationally, that we can use as a reference frame for looking at other instances of mass deception around the world, both, past and present.
Once you realize that corporate-run media have been compromised, you'll begin to see how easy it is for the rich and powerful to subvert the constitution of any nation. Corporate-run media are owned and operated by people who tend to be wealthy and, when a government has been captured by the ruling class of a society, the media become co-conspirators in a concerted effort to use propaganda to distort the truth and manipulate the public mind. As they say, birds of a feather flock together, and you don't need proof of a conspiracy when powerful interests converge.
The first mass media propagandists of the modern era in the United States realized around the turn of the 20th century that what motivates people most effectively are emotions, not facts. It doesn't take a genius to realize the implications of creating a society that is made up of highly impressionable people whose emotions are easily manipulated and, subsequently, easily managed.
(Committee on Public Information or Creel Commission)
Instead of building a society of well-informed citizens that make clear decisions based on sound logic, the process of regimenting the American psyche took decades to create and massive doses of propaganda to do it. In fact, one out of every six dollars in this country is spent on public relations and marketing.
This video may serve as a good first-step in your noble search for greater truth and understanding if you are open to finding that truth and ready to embrace it. As you watch this video, keep in mind that it's the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Remember, questioning our own beliefs is vitally important to shedding years of indoctrination and replacing it with a more accurate depiction of the world we live in.
"Don't hate the media; become the media."
(U.S Media and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict)
(Documentary on Israel/Palestine - Occupation)