Thursday, February 14, 2013

Who Tells Us What To Think? Is The Mainstream Media The Matrix?

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

Do you believe that you really think for yourself? Did you come up with your attitudes, opinions and beliefs on your own, or are they continually being shaped and molded by someone else? Could it be possible that you and everyone around you is actually hooked into a real life version of "the matrix" that is constantly defining your reality for you?

Sadly, the truth is that almost all of us have willingly hooked ourselves into a colossal media system that literally tells us what to think. In the United States today, the average American watches 153 hours of television a month. We also spend huge amounts of time watching movies, surfing the Internet, reading books and magazines, playing video games and listening to music. Many Americans are so addicted to being "connected" that they will actually become physically uncomfortable if they are at home and there is total silence. 

Unfortunately, as I pointed out in a previous article, somewhere around 90 percent of the "information" that we are allowing to be endlessly pumped into our heads is owned by just 6 gigantic media corporations. So could it be possible that the thousands of hours of "news and entertainment" that you are allowing these gigantic corporations to fill your head with each year is having an effect on you? Does the mainstream media have more control over you than you ever dreamed possible? If you want to continue on in blissful ignorance, stop reading now, but if you want to take "the red pill", keep on reading because the further down the rabbit hole you go, the stranger that things get.

When you go to work or to school in the morning, what is everyone talking about?

Usually, people are talking about something that they saw on television or that they heard about in the news.


In our society today, the limited interactions that we do have with other people are usually defined by our mutual connection to the media. The mainstream media literally defines for us what is important and what is not. If the mainstream media does not talk about something, then it simply does not matter.

I don't know how many times over the years I have heard someone tell me some version of the following statement: "If that was true we would have heard about it on the news."

Has anyone ever said something similar to you?

The funny thing is that most of the time I won't even mention something important that I may have heard in one of my articles unless I can back it up with a "mainstream source", and I don't even trust the mainstream media.

I know that the mainstream media often distorts the facts and often tells outright lies, but I regularly link to them because that gives my articles more "credibility" in the eyes of those that are still fully hooked into the matrix.

In a world where the big media corporations have so much power, is there any hope for us?

As long as the big corporations that control the media are dominating and controlling the conversation, is there any chance that there will ever be a mass awakening among the American people?

Our young people seem particularly addicted to being constantly "connected" to the media matrix that is being constructed all around us.

 The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article by Daniel Taylor...
According to a 2010 LA Times report, young people spend on average 53 hours a week watching TV, playing video games, and sitting at the computer. 
Facebook users spend about 15 hours a month on the social networking site. 
People are walking – and driving – blindly while texting, sometimes walking into fountains and even falling off cliffs.
Wow - our young people spend more than 200 hours a month connected to the mainstream media?

But we only have about 480 waking hours a month to work with.

If they are being exposed to that amount of continuous propaganda, what hope do our young people have?

In the old days, kids actually played with each other in the streets and adults actually left their homes to interact with one another.

But these days we spend nearly all of our time sitting passively in our homes staring at flickering screens.

Is that a sign of a healthy society?

We were created to be social creatures. We were designed to love and to be loved. But these days people "love" their favorite sports teams or they "love" their favorite television shows but we have an increasingly difficult time having real relationships with each other.

Meanwhile, the global elite rely on the mainstream media to keep us distracted and to control the boundaries of public discourse. Most of the time, the mainstream media focuses on the latest celebrity scandal or the latest dogfights between the Republicans and the Democrats and they systematically ignore many of the more important things that are taking place out there.

Let me just give you one example of how the mainstream media shapes the news. For decades, there was almost a complete and total media blackout on the Bilderberg Group meetings that happen every year. Top newspaper executives from the United States would actually attend these meetings, but then their newspapers would not say a single word about them.

If anyone out there did bring up "the Bilderberg Group", they were dismissed as wacky "conspiracy theorists" and were told that it simply does not exist.

Of course now we all know that it does exist, although the mainstream media in the U.S. still mostly ignores it. In fact, this has been by design. The following is what David Rockefeller is alleged to have said during a Bilderberg Group meeting back in 1991...
We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. … It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.
Even today, many prominent "journalists" in the U.S. mock people when they bring up the Bilderberg Group. For example, Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC says that he is "way too lazy" to look into the Bilderberg Group and that he "doesn't know about it, so it must not exist".

For much more on the connection between the mainstream media and the global elite, please see this article: "Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings".

Instead of telling us what is really going on in the world, the mainstream media keeps us endlessly distracted. The following are just a few of the headlines that can be found on the front pages of major mainstream news sites right now...

-College student creates condom delivery service

-Michael Douglas is feeling 'good'

-Golf tournament delayed by kangaroos

-Rock 'n' roll hamburger experience

-Lady Gaga cancels tour, set for surgery

Wow - those are some examples of some really hard-hitting journalism right there.

So why do most Americans continue to fall for this nonsense?

Sadly, part of the reason is because we have become so "dumbed down" as a society.

Recently, the Guardian conducted an evaluation of the reading level of every State of the Union address in U.S. history. What they found is that Barack Obama's State of the Union addresses have had the second lowest reading level average in history, and that in general the reading levels of the speeches have been significantly declining over time.

But it is not just our presidents that appear to be getting stupider. The truth is that our public education system is a total joke at this point. Many of our high school students are as dumb as a rock, and if you can believe it, 23 percent of all Americans cannot even read beyond a fourth-grade level.

Of course the elite are quite pleased with this, because a stupid public is a public that is easier to dominate. When a large segment of the population can barely read and is accustomed to letting others do their thinking for them, it becomes easier to lie.

For example, on Thursday Paul Krugman of the New York Times made the following statement...
Growing dependence on government is mostly a myth.
Of course most of you that are reading this know that is a flat-out lie. The charts in this article clearly show that the number of Americans on food stamps is at an all-time high and the percentage of the population that is on food stamps is at an all-time high.

Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a household that got money from the federal government each month, Now, an all-time high 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives money from the government each month.


For many more stats and charts that demonstrate the stunning growth of government dependence, please see this article and this article.

Sadly, the truth doesn't seem to matter too much to the media these days. The mainstream media tends to be incredibly arrogant, and most of the time they don't even pretend to be "objective" or "neutral" anymore.

Fortunately, more Americans than ever are becoming dissatisfied with the mainstream media and are starting to seek out alternative sources of information. According to a recent Gallup poll, the level of trust that the American public has in the mainstream media is now at an all-time low.

So perhaps there is hope after all.

What do you think?

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


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18 comments:

ÇekilinBenTercümanım said...

It seems if the author switched the words "sadly" and "unfortunately" the context would be more comprehensive.

Dharma Sanctuary said...

The matrix is the sum total of all the social and cultural inputs and conditioning that we receive as humans. This is the software that runs our amazing biological hardware.

Few people understand how much our thoughts and actions are guided by our conditioning, especially what is inculcated during childhood. Most people go along to get along and don't care to ask the deeper questions. If they did, they would have to look into the face of the void. They would have to encounter difficult matters, and be far from a guaranteed outcome.

Our life journey is all about taking the plunge out of our comfort zone and away from the matrix. People need to learn that this is the only way to grow up spiritually.

Anonymous said...

Who indeed.

Just today some idiot was trying to tell people that a decent minimum wage would ruin our economy.
The matrix weaves clever lies, and always tries to divide people along right/left lines.
Stinkin matrix!

Anonymous said...

Even this article shies from the truth which is that those 6 media conglomerates mentioned are all controlled by Zionists, not some vague "matrix"!

Anonymous said...

It seems the media social engineers every piece of news for the Obama executive order machine.

It's a new kind of slam dunk politics.

As long as your not using any critical thinking and blindly follow the narrative your fine.

Kind of funny how the whole hacking dilemma has quieted down now that the KING has signed his executive order...

Anonymous said...

Excellent article, though I feel more mention of the scientific research into conformity and 'group dynamics' over the past 60+ years is needed to get the point across.

Scientifically the human mind when not aware of the true situation is very easily manipulated into accepting and conforming to "false majority" views.

The reason is simple - without awareness the brain can not distinguish between an opinion supported by 200 different people and an opinion supported by 1 single individual repeating it 200 times.

In America you have just a few hundred primary MSM "media personalities" who are able to repeat the same BS stories(from slightly differing views, but BS all the same) 6 million times a day.

The result is that a few hundred people decide for/tell 330,000,000 other people what their views are on pretty much any subject, creating the "false majority".

Combine that with the use of "opinion polls" that can turn a few hundred carefully selected(based on political demographics) respondents into "over 70% of Americans believe..." with nothing but BS math calculating "theoretical probabilities" and "extrapolating" the results to the larger American population.

Combine that with an entire society (re)designed pretty much from the ground up to manipulate and otherwise influence emotional, intellectual, spiritual and general conscious development.

And viola, "the matrix" is easy to see. It is still not that easy to completely escape it though even if you see it, it has many layers to get through before being truly free of it.

As for the actual research I recommend the following studies to begin with -

Sherif, M. (1935). A study of some social factors in perception. Archives of Psychology, 27(187), pp.17-22.

Asch, S.E. (1951). Effects of group pressure upon the modification and distortion of judgment. In H. Guetzkow (ed.) Groups, leadership and men. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Press.

Weaver, K., Garcia, S.M., Schwarz, N., & Miller, D.T. (2007) Inferring the popularity of an opinion from its familiarity: A repetitive voice can sound like a chorus. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(5), pp. 821-833.

The Milligram Experiment also is important here, though everyone should know it already there is a good video on Youtube of a 2009 recreation of the experiment (warning, the "sheepleness" of some of the subjects may be hard to bear).

And as I have been saying for years of course some of the most important works(not research) in this regard comes from Edward Bernays, based on his first hand experiences with the "Public Information[propaganda] Office" rather than experimentation.

Peace,
Jonny

Anonymous said...

Oops, in my prior post that should obviously be the "Milgram" experiment, not the "Milligram" experiment, lol.

The 2009 (full) video I mentioned can be found here also -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdb20gcc_Ns

Peace,
Jonny

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Anonymous said...

The carefully designed and controlled 'dumbing down' of humanity encompasses the whole planet.It involves all forms of media, education, chemical laden food and water, toxic vaccination ingredients,current development of blocking access to natural remedies and vitamins, law and diminishing punishment, etc etc

Media is a powerful tool which influences everyone, until people wake up and perceive what is happening. But when people have been 'dumbed down' by the methods listed above, the aspects of discrimination, wider awareness and perception become disabled, rather like a subject of hypnosis can be persuaded that the potato they are holding is actually an apple.

It takes courage and determination in those who can see the plot, to stand up and tackle the immediate perpetrators, but this does not directly affect the organisers of the perpetrators. It is this aspect of who or what is actually behind the manipulation of humanity that is so difficult to confront from the stance of human experience, using as we do, only five human senses, when at our true level, we are so much more.

For those who are able to deal with the content, try watching/reading Davis Icke's twenty year research work. Many other people have done the same research and worked with non-human sources of information,but his presentation is direct, clear and backed up with evidence. There will be lot in it that brings forth denial,but it is well worth opening up to.It is necessary now, to wake up and grow up as a species, because much more and worse manipulation is to come, and it will need a much wider framework of understanding to fit it into. This understanding alone will defeat the organisers, because they need fear and a lack of reaction to be successful.

Peace and Progress

Anonymous said...

Everything is a big fat lie.

That Icke who is spoken of is a disinformation agent. The trick he uses is mixing truth with lies.

That's another big problem. It's his conclusions he tricks people with.

There are no aliens. The only alien they worry about is Christ who is coming back to crush these fallen angels.

And it's the last card they are going to play on us to complete their New World Order. A fake alien invasion which many will fall for.

Christ is coming to destroy every religion and gov't on earth and they know it because they do read the Old Testament and tell us it's irrevelent.

These liars are planning to fight him and use us as allies.

They want us to believe it's some aliens who created us. Icke leads this madness.

We have heard so many lies that the truth sounds like a fairy tale.

Jack Mullen said...

"Do you believe that you really think for yourself? Did you come up with your attitudes, opinions and beliefs on your own, or are they continually being shaped and molded by someone else?"

Indeed these are some of the most important questions of the day.

Very nice ..

Anonymous said...

Once again we read about the story of Less than Half.
Less than Half the story.
Less than Half the facts.
Living on less than half the money we earn.
A less than half American supposedly leading the free world.
Half of the free time once enjoyed.
Less than half of the "freedoms we once enjoyed".
Half the nutrients of food.
Less than half of the America actually working.
Are we starting to see a trend yet.
This is not an attempt to slight the author, just a rant to hopefully shake those that are still less than half awake.

Aussie Mick. said...

Same thing is happening in Australia..my family has just been away in N.Z. for 2 weeks..the T.V. was not turned on once while they were away. When I told my daughter, she commented that "didn't you even watch the news? They believe everything that comes out of the idiot box..which in turn is creating a race of dumbed down idiots. The presstitutes rule the world. Aussie Mick.

Anonymous said...

Media is plural for medium, and a medium is a seer, a prophet. The mainstream media is the 'False Prophet' spoken of in the Bible. It causes all to worship (put their trust in) the image (ideal) of the one world governmental system beast. And it causes the whole world to come together to fight in the battle of Armageddon. BTW, Carl Rover said, "we create reality."

Anonymous said...

The bible is a silly book, just a collection of ancient articles or stories from that time. A group of evil corrupt men took a collection of stories and used them to form a new religion based in Rome at the Vatican. Since then other corrupt rulers (like the British Royal family's King James) wrote their own books and called them bibles. The child abusing Mormons also wrote their own book and so have various small time snake charmers and hucksters.

All bibles were written based on the first one, which is a pack of lies. The pathetic mindless fools who quote scripture and bible passages ad nauseum add nothing to the conversation. The very first matrix was the Catholic Church, and ALL of its splinter groups are still part of that matrix. Them's the facts boys and girls.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who doesn't know yet but wonders who makes us think what they want should watch the documentary "The Century of The Self" it's all there.

Hide Behind said...

The book called the Bible has many examples of how the human mind works but to read it alone and not understand how why and the societys it came from and then believe in its infallability to bsse your life upon is a quick way to becoming a babbling idiot.
The media as a matrix, an object, that cannot be singularly defined is a lot like saying we were created by an uncreated creator.
What is a meme? Was that meme a creation of the media and could it be that as some now believe a biological meme carried by genes.
A meme can be true, or false or combination; then it may be either harmfull or even in falsity beneficial in order to retain sanity cognitive ability
And survival.
WHy can you dit in front of a pc knowing the builders get cancer from niilding and tevycling and live on starvation wages?
How can you as a rich caring american sit in comfort while wearing aparell made in sweat dhops of Bangladesh.or other places where workers are impoverished.
Why can you say you love the earth while living in a country that is destroying the earth and you vote to keep they in power. The meme that only by your vote can you stop the system from going on but by your vote you Legitimize the system that's at fault.
NO THE matrix goes further back than just todays media manipulations.
The media is not truly a self sustaining entity it still needs imput by someone who pushes the keys that open portals within your mind.
The media could be strangled by simply ignoring it but you cannot for some meme still exist that they can twist that draws you back to it.

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You should use it on every comment thread on the entire internet that you wish to destroy.

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