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Evan Andrew Parks
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Weapons Of Mass Production
Evan Andrew Parks
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A few words are worth a thousand pictures.
Pictures and stories, from the birth of the human consciousness,
we have passed on our collective knowledge with these tools.
A parable, a poem, a painting, a psalm,
we all accept, or deny them,
and understand them in our own way,
we see what we want to believe...
When we read a book, watch a movie,
or hear a song,
our experiences are unique,
yet somehow the same.
They are all one sided conversations,
you cannot question a book, or a painting,
you can only decide in your own mind
what they mean to say.
We may look to others for insight,
"what do you think that means?"
We validate our beliefs, and feelings, and sometimes change our minds
on the actions, or words of another.
Our cultures have developed ever more efficient ways
to communicate our collective knowledge,
and I believe no medium is more powerful
Since the beginning of broadcasting history,
there was a very good reason for the airwaves to legally belong to the
Even at it's birth, we recognized its power,
and "great power, comes with great responsibility".
Ironically, it is the television that has taught us to be irresponsible,
and we have lost that power,
we now belong to the airwaves,
and the airwaves belong to the bottom line.
Money is its god, and its "content" is our Christ.
It is our global religion, our church in a box,
it teaches morals, values, and history,
everything we desire to know.
Replacing two thousand year old works of fiction,
with "Desperate Housewives" and "The Simpsons".
Replacing emotional symbols like wine and bread,
with "Pepsi" and "Cheez-its".
Replacing singing and prayer,
with a hypnotized stare.
There has never been a more popular form of brainwashing
in all of recorded history.
Instead of simply exploiting the fear of a god or an afterlife,
television also exploits fears of everyday life,
or rather what it portrays everyday life as being,
and what it could be. Simultaneously leading us to believe
that we know what is going on in the world,
what has happened, and what is to come.
Creating fear, pacifying fear.
Just before the top of the hour,
thousands of people revel
in the glory of conclusion, resolution,
and impossible solutions. As the credits roll, and the theme music tolls
like a church bell ringing out promises of love and compassion,
we feel justified and righteous, or edified and spiteful,
unaware that we have been taught a lesson.
Advertainment seems designed to disappoint us
in our waking world,
life never seems to work itself out
like it does on TV.
Just as in most religions,
it is not love that keeps folks in line,
it is guilt and fear,
and impossible expectations.
It certainly feels safer to most being
rather than a shepherd,
to live in a dictatorship
that looks like democracy.
The only vote that counts these days is your dollar,
and you will be told how to spend it.
Television is a weapon, a weapon of mass production,
invited into every home that can afford one.
It is said that the most dangerous weapon,
is the one that the enemy does not realize is being used against them.
Television is both what holds society together
and what may be its eventual downfall.
It fills us with hope and hopelessness.
It is our mother, our friend, our brother,
our father, our son,
and holy ghost.
Entire nations fall under it's rule,
thousands of people slaughtered and starved, poisoned and bombed,
in the name of our "democracy",
in the name of sovereignty, dollars and power.
We worship its fiction, believe its lies,
and allow ourselves to be lulled into complacency,
distracted from reality, detached from each other,
focused on ourselves.
Evan Andrew Parks
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