Friday, March 10, 2006

Newspaper and TV are trying to twist your mind

"The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think."
- Edwin Schlossberg

Yeah, so?

Most writers write not just with a point of view in mind, but with the objective (however well disguised) of convincing their readers to accept their opinions without question.

That's propaganda. We read, watch and absorb propaganda every day without thinking about it.

And that's the point. We don't think about what we read or "learn" on TV.

When a newspaper article or a TV program has you wondering or considering possibilities or debating whether the facts provided truly expressed all those available, that article or program has been successful and its producers were skilled.

If you have nothing to think about, nothing to mull over in your mind after experiencing an article or program, the effort was designed to prevent you from thinking by giving you only one point of view.

Even if that one point of view is best in your opinion after considering all the facts surrounding a topic, you won't know for sure unless you have all the facts to consider.

After you read an article or watch a TV program, ask yourself if you have anything to debate in your own mind. If you don't, then the producers were trying to bend your mind to their way of thinking.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to make you think. Thinking makes you live longer.
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