[late edit...] [ I have suddenly wondered to myself what it's for, given that the global % penetration of small handheld (or not much larger) devices that can access news, comment, blogs and the opinions of millions, is approaching a majority. ]
One the one hand, the British Political EnemyClass has created what it seems to be admitting is a monster - this says “ban television for the under-threes” (or words to that effect.) Yet on the other hand a modern repressive police state would be a more difficult one in which to manage thought-control, regulate the opinions of, and generally farm for eliciting the “correct public responses” without this machinery. I have drafted a few of my own thoughts, rather fast this morning, in response to a typical Daily Mail mob-hysteria-inducing breakfast-article.
Of course, an invented device can’t be uninvented. The Wireless Tele-vision [WT] (and quickly also with post-receive injected sound subcarrier) was a marvellous development of the pure Sound-wireless, but like all technologies it’s been stolen and corrupted, Morgoth-style, by governments for their own purposes.
In the British State’s case, WT’s purpose was to anaesthatize and render uncurious “The Masses”, over decades so nobody would notice except the most critical, the most pedantic and the most autistic of Historians.
As a clever wheeze-or-dodge-or-smokescreen, the BBC started out as a state organ for the improvement of people’s minds and comprehension of news. But the plan was to encompass decades before revelation of real intent, so nobody would twig that its and WT broadcasting’s real purpose was…what? To divert the perception of people’s mentors and the focus of their beliefs to what Orwell called THE TELESCREENS. (They now even look like what one imagines in the book.) I know a household in Aughton, Lancashire, quite a big house, where there are ten: one in every room, and all over four feet across except the two small ones in the kitchen/diner (telescreens, not people!)
Other social developments don’t help. For example,
(1) such high tax rates that at least two members of every household have to work all their lives: even King John didn’t manage that.
(2) A level of average household education in Britain, post-”comprehensive”-schooling, that would shame even the poorer parts of Upper-JipoopooLand.
(3) Coupled with this the almost entire disappearance of books from prominent display, or even presence, in the average home. Children surrounded by books will naturally try to read them, and it does help, surprisingly.
So it’s not surprising at all that infants aged seven have spent a seventh of their lives in front of the WT.
You can’t ban the Wireless Tele-vision from being turned on. But in a sort of parallel fantasy-world you can – if not a libertarian – fire all the GramscoFabiaNazi goons that make the programmes and start again, closing down any broadcasting organisations that displease you through haveing seemed to be complicit in the “plan”. The immediate effect will be for nearly 100% of the WT-owning-population to riot, shouting that “the f*****g thing’s unwatchable now!!!”
But they’ll come round in time. Funding this transfer is OK for it’ll come out of the War Secretariat’s budget for a few years while people get used to it. In this time the Secretariat shall extract “voluntarily-offered fines”, of enormous amounts, hundreds of billions, from those political classes of jumpy-bumpy countries that have been “causing little local difficulties” for liberalism over the last few decades. That the families of the British Political EnemyClass, that deliberately used the WT as a corruption-inducer, will also be mulcted for the same “fines”, goes without question.
But of course, we can’t do that, can we. So as Lenin asked: “What Is To Be Done?”