How TV Programs You
'People he knew in the Resistance didn’t expose themselves to television.'
The above statement from Psyclone was included to draw attention to the various dangers involved in watching television.
[See footnote for comments about this video]
Research shows that watching television alters brainwave activity. After around thirty seconds of TV watching brainwaves switch from beta, indicating alert and conscious attention, to predominantly alpha, indicating an unfocused, receptive lack of attention, (note the word ‘receptive). The brain's left hemisphere, which processes information logically and analytically, tunes out while a person is watching TV. This tuning-out allows the right hemisphere of the brain, which processes information emotionally and noncritically, to function unchecked.
The regular altering of brain rhythms through watching television can break down an individuals ‘analytic management of knowledge’, which requires considerable powers of classifying, inference-making and reasoning. Analytic management of knowledge involves being able to uncover lies, confusions, and overgeneralisations, to detect abuses of logic and common sense. It also means be able to weigh ideas, to compare and contrast assertions, to connect one generalisation to another; things too many people seem incapable of doing on numerous subjects and issues. In fact, people's inability to discern patterns and trends, analyse media output and global and political activities is one of the world's biggest problems.
Research from a variety of sources presents a cause for the breakdown of people’s faculties. The neurological effects described above and in the links provided below, coupled with a content that comprises digitised subliminal techniques, preconscious symbolism, and behavioural programming; and programmes reduced to the level of lowest common denominator that glamorise dysfunction and titillate with base emotional triggers, means that television’s role in shaping the people’s psyche is dangerously under-considered.
Those wanting to know more about how TV affects the mind should read Brainwashing, Electronic Heroin, and TV Mutants from the population crash resource site, Dieoff. The research site Cause of Internet and TV Addiction has extensive links to a mountain of neurological research into the effects of TV and Internet on the mind and body. Turn Off Your TV, another media research nexus, lists studies and articles like Television’s Hidden Agenda, Have You Fallen for these 7 Negative Attitudes Pushed by the Media? How Television Images Affect Children, and Spy TV – The Threat of Interactive Television. How Television Controls and Programs the Mind reveals in no holds barred terms the groups, policies and practises involved in, and the effects of, television.
2009 saw the introduction of digital TV in the U.S. and the UK. Digital television (HDTV) presents disturbing potential dangers over and above those listed above, and to my mind and that of various researchers is an acute threat to people's liberty. To examine the evidence in context first read the following U.S. Patent abstract:
USP # 6,488,617 (December 3, 2002)
Title: Nervous System Manipulation by EM Fields from Monitors.
Issued to: Loos, Hendricus.
Abstract: Physiological effects have been observed in a human subject in response to stimulation of the skin with weak electromagnetic fields that are pulsed with certain frequencies near 1/2 Hz or 2.4 Hz, such as to excite a sensory resonance.
Many computer monitors and HD TV screens, when displaying pulsed images, emit pulsed electromagnetic fields of sufficient amplitudes to cause such excitation. It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or digital TV set. For the latter, the image pulsing may be embedded in the program material, or it may be overlaid by modulating a video stream, either as an RF signal or as a video signal.
The image displayed on a computer monitor may be pulsed effectively by a simple computer program.
For certain monitors, pulsed electromagnetic fields capable of exciting sensory resonances in nearby subjects may be generated even as the displayed images are pulsed with subliminal intensity.
Now read the article Digital TV Mind Control by the Sound of Silence The article connects several very current and disturbing trends and events and presents an alarming hypothesis. (Having come across Silent Sound technology in the 90's and read reports of its use and demonstrated effectiveness during Operation Desert Storm, I was able to get past the sometimes off-putting tone of the contributors to the page.) The hypothesis also went some way to answering a question I've had regarding digital TV since hearing of President Obama's urging people to make the switch to digital.
Considering all the other serious matters of State on the U.S. administration’s plate at the time, why were they so concerned about the visual quality of the televison that congress passed an undebated statutory proclamation which mandated that the HD conversion take place and then subsidise about 90% of the associated cost, estimated to have been around $8 billion?
Why was one of the Obama administration's first acts, even before his inauguration, delaying the long-planned digital TV transition, which had been set for Feb. 17? The administration pushed for the four-month postponement in order to give the feds and industry more time to reach out to an estimated 7 million households that were totally unprepared and would have otherwise seen their TV sets go dark after the switch. President Obama himself issued a statement at the beginning of June 2009: "Still, some people are not ready. I want to be clear: There will not be another delay. I urge everyone who is not yet prepared to act today, so you don't lose important news and emergency information on June 12. And I encourage all Americans who are prepared to talk to their friends, family and neighbors to make sure they get ready before it's too late."
Why? Why the ‘urging’?
The mention in the above article of 'a young, black man from Illinois' in connection with the technology had me thinking for a long time.
There's the information, you make your own minds up.
[Footnote: The article above includes a reference to Dr Eldon Byrd and research carried out in the Marine Corps Nonlethal Electromagnetic Weapons project. Among the effects produced by the application of Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF) are listed 'flu-like symptoms and nausea''. Again, this wasn't news to me as I've been reading ELF research for over a decade. Reading the article through prior to its inclusion here, the two symptoms mentioned almost jumped off the page, and I still find them very thought-provoking in the context of the 'pandemic' scaremongering of the time.]
[Regarding the choice of video clip above, that one was chosen despite the overall theme of the film, Network, being rascist (see Reel Bad Arabs). The speech given by the Beale character was included as, out of the anti-Arab context, it puts forward a clear case against watching television.]