Wireless Tele Vision: uses and abuses thereof


David Davis

I am pleased to see the return of The Landed Underclass, after various unproductive and confusing encounters with the denizens of the NHS.

A particular passag of his concerning what is an intrinsically harmless machine – in just the same way as a gun – is worth resyndicating:-

My firm and established belief is that the evil from which it is most important that the people be liberated is that of television (not the technology itself, which apart from its well-known hypnotic quality is relatively harmless, but its application by the forces of darkness).

I have become increasingly challenging and confrontational about this. People always agree with me that television is moronic, manipulative and pernicious, but then they say “Ah, but it’s the kids, you see.”

To which I habitually reply “Ah, yes. Were you even to suggest ‘deprivation-of-television abuse’ they’d report you to Esther Rantzen on the spot, wouldn’t they?”

One would expect any decent parent to react quite firmly to this sort of thing, but in fact they usually just shrug their shoulders and say “You’re not wrong there, mate.”

The problem is that a certain kind of droid has purposefully taken over the control of “programme content”, at the same time as other similar droids have fabricated an education system in which people learn that the delivered TV content is the correct kind: thus the terms of discourse are tectonically shifted in favour of GramscoFabiaNazism.

More later maybe.

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8 responses to “Wireless Tele Vision: uses and abuses thereof

  1. A great website. In these authoritarian times, we need libetarians to speak out. As a libetarian teacher I have created an education blog where I hope that libetarian teachers may get together. The iron grip of state management has been particularly strong in education and we need to do something to challenge the prevailin agenda. Please have a look at my blog and contribute:-

    http://frontlineeducation.blogspot.com/

  2. People have been socialized and mentally conformed to a centralized norm through media, especially the Tele massage. This is particularly evident in the more advanced countries and among those who have fitted into the more usual/normal slots in society. Having been more conditioned they tend to be more influenced by further conditioning; to receive and react to such mental massaging. Sometimes rejecting with some degree of vehemence or even violence. Instead of ignoring. And therein lies the control. If one rebels its just as bad as if one obeys. One is still acknowledging that authority in one s life.
    In fact the preferred course, I guess, is not really to ignore the massage but just to see it for what it is, either evil or just stupid, and simply effectively create something good, intelligent and true with, or without, reference to the other.

  3. “Ah, but it’s the kids, you see.”

    To which I habitually reply “Ah, yes. Were you even to suggest ‘deprivation-of-television abuse’ they’d report you to Esther Rantzen on the spot, wouldn’t they?”

    One would expect any decent parent to react quite firmly to this sort of thing, but in fact they usually just shrug their shoulders and say “You’re not wrong there, mate.””

    Ahh maybe though they acknowledge that TV for adults is crap but they like the kids stuff and won’t admit it.

    In our house we adults rarely watch TV but find ourselves sucked in and roaring with laughter at what the children watch at times.

    Why not let the children watch the TV and learn to be discering about it. The children I know whose TV is rationed are the ones who choose to watch the greatest junk when they get a chance.

    @ G Marx
    “In fact the preferred course, I guess, is not really to ignore the message but just to see it for what it is, either evil or just stupid, and simply effectively create something good, intelligent and true with, or without, reference to the other.”

    Agreed. How libertarian is it to ban TV in the house just because we parents consider it to be rubbish? Surely it’s better to raise children who are capable of making their own decisions.

  4. Unfortunately the propaganda game goes quite deep in its obfuscations. A robust approach to life is discouraged, and robustness is necessary to survive. Part of the TV massaging is about detaching children from their parent s authority and supplanting it with authority from the state.
    Children do not have the ability to make some decisions for themselves. It is usually only after exposure to life that we become qualified, and that exposure can seriously hurt children without parental authority and protection.
    Banning the TV or not is probaly not the issue. It is rather one´s own reasons for doing whatever one does that is important: Who an I really concerned about here?

  5. @elizabeth

    quite. Great comment.

  6. “Children do not have the ability to make some decisions for themselves. It is usually only after exposure to life that we become qualified, and that exposure can seriously hurt children without parental authority and protection.”

    back that up with an example. If you’d be so terribly kind :)

  7. “It is usually only after exposure to life that we become qualified, and that exposure can seriously hurt children without parental authority and protection.”

    So expose them to life but with parental protection, help, advice and carefully justified authority.