Television.We’ve lost our heads to it, replaced our heads with it seems. We’re too busy being entertained to think. The media is pulling the strings, and we’re their puppets. This write is inspired by the movie Network (1976), and street art. Network (1976) is an American satirical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about a fictional television network. The script was written by Paddy Chayefsky, and was voted one of the top ten movie scripts. Check out the link below and/or the script below for a taste of it.
Network (1976) – We’re in a lot of trouble
“And when the twelfth largest company in the world controls the most awesome goddamned propaganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this tube? So, listen to me!Television is not the truth! Television is a goddamned amusement park, that’s what television is!Television is a circus, a carnival, a travelling troupe of acrobats and story-tellers, singers and dancers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion-tamers and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business! If you want truth, go to God, go to your guru, go to yourself because that’s the only place you’ll ever find any real truth! But, man,you’re never going to get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you want to hear. We lie like hell! We’ll tell you Kojack always gets the killer, and nobody ever gets cancer in Archie Bunker’s house.And no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don’t worry: just look at your watch — at the end of the hour, he’s going to win. We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear!”
“We deal in illusion, man! None of it’s true! But you people sit there — all of you — day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds– we’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe this illusion we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think the tube is reality and 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 think like the tube. This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God’s name, you people are the real thing! We’re the illusions! So turn off this god damn set!Turn it off right now!Turn it off and leave it off. Turn it off right now, right in the middle of this very sentence I’m speaking now”
The media controls everything!!!
Puppet or puppeteer?
There is no democracy people, don’t be fooled. There is only Exxon, General Electrics, IBM, Union Carbide, Dow. There is only corporatocracy. According to Wikipedia, corpotocracy denotes a system of government that serves the interest of, and may be run by, corporations and involves ties between government and business. Where corporations, conglomerates, and/or government entities with private components, control the direction and governance of a country, including carrying out economic planning notwithstanding the ‘free market’ label. The concept of corporatocracy is that corporations, to a significant extent “own” or have massive power over governments, including those governments nominally elected by the people, and that they exercise such power not by back-room conspiracies but by their enormous, concentrated economic power, and by legal in-the-open mechanisms (lobbyists, campaign contributions to office holders and candidates, threats to leave the state or country for another with less oversight and more subsidies etc). Oliver Stone captured “Wall Street, you know, you could say..runs the world. Wall Street, the pharmaceutical lobbies, the oil lobbies, they run our government”
“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s recession. Everbody’s out of work or scared of losing their jobs. Banks are going bust. Our air is polluted and our food in contaminated. And we sit there watching the T.V. as if that’s the ways things are supposed to be. We know things are bad. Things are really bad, it’s crazy. Everything everywhere is going crazy – the weather, the financial markets. Get mad people. Get really mad. Go to the window, open it, stick your head out and scream as loud as you can – I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” And while you’re at it, you might as well throw your T.V. out the window too as Banksy suggests you should do with his street art.