Your television is lying to you

The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.
~Ray Bradbury,
“The Golden Apples of the Sun”

That’s right, your TV is lying to you. The news programs are lying to you. They do it subtly, of course, so you don’t realize it until someone mentions it.

For example: quotes and cutaways. In the electronic age it’s easy to manipulate a recorded interview to change the message. Cuts may be used benignly, to shorten a lengthy interview, but how can you tell? I’ve heard rumors too, that many interviews are pre-recorded snippets of dialogue from the interviewee…the interviewer’s questions are spliced in afterward. Keep an eye out for interviews where the participants don’t interact and where the interviewee doesn’t mention the interviewer’s name or particulars unique to that interview. It’s likely much easier on radio than it is on television, due to the lack of video.

And it’s not just cutting out sections during interviews. In fact, by failing to mention Ron Paul, the news media is deliberately hurting his chances of becoming the Republican presidential candidate by refusing to take his bid seriously. There is no excuse for this type of behavior among the “news” media. Unbiased my ass…these bastards have an agenda, even if they deny it.

Keep in mind, also, that the television show you’re watching, be it “news” or Doctor Who, is not the product. You are the product, and you’re being sold to advertisers. This is true of not just television, but also radio, magazines, Google, Facebook, and other social media sites. YOU are the product. YOU are what is being sold.

The more you know…

EDIT: And let’s now forget how advertising can influence television…

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