I Interupt..

I watched a movie a few nights ago called “Zeitgeist” . It’s an interesting film which deals with the questions revolving around 9/11 and the current state of media in the world. But it opens with a discussion about religion and its origins. If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend it. It gets a little far out with theories from the 9/11 truth movement, but it’s message is pretty clear. The media is being used as a tool to isolate, scare, and distract us from realizing the truth about our liberties being taken away.The mainstream media continually feeds us stories meant to scare us and isolate us from one another.
Why is there more coverage of Britney Spears latest meltdown than deaths in Iraq?
To keep you distracted from what is really going on.
Have you ever thought about the cost of the war in Iraq? According to CostofWar.com, which has a running counter, it is at over $486 billion. So if we’re spending so much on the war, why are soldiers saying they don’t have enough armor to equip everyone?
Where is the money going?
My point, and the point of the film was this: there are people in this world who are making billions, if not trillions of dollars off of this war. These people have no interest whatsoever in the war coming to an end any time soon.
Meanwhile we get stories of evil brown people coming across out borders to steal our jobs, how a terror attack could happen at ANY minute and how values are being destroyed by ‘teh gays’.
Then we get a quadruple does of Britney! Lindsay! Movies! iPod! to distract us so we don’t think too hard about the bullshit we were just spoon fed.

Gatlin and I were talking a few days ago about people we automatically assume are crazy. We heard “I believe in aliens” and we automatically think “crazy!”. Someone says “9/11 was an inside job” and we automatically call them a wacko. Why?
Why are we, as a culture, conditioned to think anyone who challenges our current paradigm must be crazy?
Because big questions are what we’ve been trained to avoid. 24 hour news stations, MySpace, Entertainment channels galore all feed us distractions and we eat it up. We eat up the shit we’ve been told is good entertainment and we’ve almost convinced ourselves it doesn’t taste as bad as we think it does. But it keeps us quiet and keeps us from asking big questions.

I’m as guilty as anyone else. Guilty of assuming that someone else will take care of the problems.
Well, there is nobody else. There’s you and me. There are the people that speak truth to power, people who try to make a difference. Those people usually get shot.

Am I saying that entertainment is bad? No. Diversions are good every once in a while. its good to relax and its good to unwind. But for God’s sake… no.. not God’s. The way this place is going, you can’t help but think God gave up on us a long time ago. For YOUR sake, For the sake of your families, for the sake of the grandchildren that I may have someday, for the sake of human sanity, don’t stop asking the big questions. Don’t stop telling our leaders “you’re wrong!”. Don’t stop speaking the truth to power. Scream it as loud as you can and with as many voices as you can get to join you.
If you don’t, you’ll wake up on a breathing tube 20 years from now with unbreathable air, whole cities underwater, and a government watching your every move “for your safety”. Or you won’t wake up at all.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress…

So, you listen to me. Listen to me. Television is not the truth. Television is a Goddamned amusement park! Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, story-tellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion tamers and football players. We’re in the boredom killing business! So, if you want truth go to God. Go to your gurus. Go to yourselves because that’s the only place you’re ever going to find any real truth. But, man, you’re never gonna get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you want to hear. We lie like hell….
We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in illusions, man! None of it is true! But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds…We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the Tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the Tube tells you. You dress like the Tube; You eat like the Tube; You raise your children like the Tube; You even think like the Tube. This is mass madness! You maniacs! In God’s name, you people are the real thing. We are the illusion! So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off. Turn them off right in the middle of this sentence I’m speaking to you now. Turn them off! – Howard Beale, “Network” (1976)

  • http://www.nealhunterhyde.com Neal Hunter Hyde

    Zach, I have Zeitgeist on my iPod right now, I’ve only seen part of it so far. VERY interesting. I’ll have to get back to you on my final thoughts on it. Overall tho, knowledge is power. And anything that gets the American people thinking for themselves is worth looking into!

  • http://piersgavestonjr.blogspot.com piersgavestonjr

    This comment box does not seem to like embedded links. I had the same problem at Puntabulous a week ago…except I was talking trash about Madonna and Britney, and maybe some sensitive cyberdoobies are at work.
    At any rate, there is a site called “Deer Hunting for Jesus”, at http://www.joebageant.com/. He says a lot of what you are saying about the distraction from important issues that our ad rag media is providing.

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  • Ian C

    “We heard “I believe in aliens” and we automatically think “crazy!”. Someone says “9/11 was an inside job” and we automatically call them a wacko. Why?”

    Because of the lack of evidence, why else?

    “Why are we, as a culture, conditioned to think anyone who challenges our current paradigm must be crazy?”

    We aren’t (well, don’t throw us all in together here). We are trained to accept things with reasonable evidence. There are an infinite number of ridiculous ideas out there. we don’t have time to look at them all, so we cut out the ones that lack evidence or the support of a respected figure/group. If someone says “Actually, things aren’t quite like how you think…” we tend to listen. Hell, look at all the people that fall for current fads of “Oh, so-and-so tea is now good for your skin because of [insert marketing chemical]“, that wouldn’t work if people were resistant to new ideas.

    Tell me that the sky is actually bright green all day long and I’ll call you an idiot.

    Other than that, I agree. Just don’t forget how easily led people are.