A snapshot of American idiocy. For those curious about what irrelevant issues are pressing to the masses of unwashed plebs, the following screenshot of popular news stories clearly depicts a misguided and heavily skewed national perception. Unfortunately, these captions are not fictitious but are actually derived from the most popular newsworthy items on Huffington Post which is the 20th ranked website in the US. (Top 5 news sites in the world)
Ray Bradbury once said, You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
If the national perception has been so debased by a culture that embraces such infantile forms of entertainment, then hope for any unifying critical examination required to confront universal pressing issues, which impact our species has been severely derailed if not nullified on a grand scale.
Judging by the standards of media newsworthy relevance, it is safe to assume Americans are now functionally and critically illiterate on numerous levels.
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
It would appear newsworthy articles and events which offer less then stellar entertainment value for the bewildered herd, the masses of disillusioned plebs are suppressed by main stream sources. This in an effort to further dumb down society by continuing the tradition of offering cheap visual distractions and shallow pointless events passing as news for the masses. Compounded by the inherent collective hive mentality, this idiocy becomes the norm as the uninformed and ill-educated begin to accept this barrage of nonsense. In the end, the process reinforces itself as main stream feeds into what the collective masses crave and consume.
Theodor Adorno was said that a human being is indissolubly linked with imitation. So much so, that one only becomes human by imitating other human beings. Considering the amount of time celebrities inhabit the public sphere and how external entertainment industries in fashion, music, language and film exacerbate this notion, the unfortunate results are both immediate and powerful. In addition, this effect due partially to contemporary media global reach has even wider impact.
I urge you to examine in your own mind the assumptions which must lay behind using the police power to insist that once-sovereign spirits have no choice but to submit to being schooled by strangers.
John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto provides an unsettling detailed account of the broken education system in the US. He illustrates the key differences between education and schooling and that the latter is the principle method utilized, resulting in students who are uncritical, only programmed to be mindless consumers. This makes control more effortless and opposition non-existent. Maintaining the collective mentality becomes a simple process of feeding the masses with moronic banal entertainment.
Considering the size of human populations and it ever increasing numbers, this method of social control becomes viable and logical, since it is subtle, incremental and virtually undetectable – especially considering a vast majority of people are too ignorant to accept it’s existence, let alone question the reasons.
Educate to be a Non-Conformist
Ironically, Gatto once said that self-knowledge is the only basis of true knowledge. It would be logical to assume that self knowledge would also be a factor in achieving self awareness and in turn, embracing a sovereign individual perception of reality.
I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.
If an a person is traditionally educated, he is accepted as a productive member of society who fulfills a specific niche role, usually identified by his choice of career and in turn, his contribution to the collective. Governments are primarily concerned with the monetary benefit and the maintenance of social order and class. A self educated individual is a square peg in a round hole. The possibility of conformity is undermined as the regimented indoctrination vis-à-vis normal channels of public education with a strict and controlled curriculum involving rote memorization, limited critical discourse and selective materials.
A self educated person is more likely to question authority or least likely to submit or acquiescence to peer or societal pressure. In truth, simply cultivating the skill and desire to re-educate or educate anew in a consistent manner, one is almost guaranteeing a kind of immunity to the idiocy that pervades mainstream media. This is an essential factor in redefining oneself as a sovereign individual, beholden to no other.