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Television is Advertising for capitalism. Turn it off while you still can.

Cross-posted from IfLizWereQueen

Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images , and quite pluck down all their high places.” Numbers 33:52

“Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely . . . Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen.” – from 1984 by George Orwell

Television is advertising. On September 22, 2006, Reuters reported that the total average time per household in 2005-06 was eight hours and 14 minutes per day.  It is a medium whose purpose is to sell, to promote capitalism. In 1977, Jerry Mander, a former advertising executive in San Francisco, published Four Arguments For The Elimination Of Television. In the book, Mander reveals how the television networks and advertisers use this pervasive video medium for sales.  GO HERE TO READ A REVIEW OF MANDLER’S BOOK.


In a C-SPAN interview in January of 2005, George Bush produced what may be his most convincing argument of all to prove that he indeed does have a brain:  ”They put an off button on the TV for a reason.  Turn it off.  .  . I really don’t watch much TV.”



It’s been about six months now since I’ve mostly turned off my television.  I watch it perhaps now a total of 4 hours a week.  The most amazing thing about the experience is how little I miss it.  Really.  Television is advertising.  It is cotton candy that is almost totally irrelevant to our intellectual nutritions.

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