TURN THE FUCKING THING OFF: 24 HOUR MASS HYSTERIA AND THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE TRUTH/CANTO #31

TURN THE FUCKING THING OFF: 24 HOUR MASS HYSTERIA AND THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE TRUTH/CANTO #31

Don’t get your cultural undies in a wad on me, I’m not imploring everyone to be uninformed and oblivious here. Quite the opposite in fact, I think we should all be VERY MUCH informed as our world slides further and further into total fucking chaos. That being said, our ability to seek and find GENUINE information has been critically fucking compromised and I think that we could ALL stand to take a day or two off from the 24-hour news cycle hamster wheel of death and destruction.

YOUR DOOM WILL BE TELEVISED- the robots, to us probably.

It doesn’t help that we are creatures fascinated with our own demise. From the time we reach the age where we can process the fact that we were born, and we will all eventually die, we begin a sort of subconscious obsession with death. Fear is a powerful motivator, and if you ask a group of people what their biggest fear is I’m pretty sure most of them would say death. It’s at LEAST in the top three of the shittiest parts of life, and our fear of this inevitability causes us to get a surge of adrenaline and dopamine when we are faced with it. We get our dose of fear in countless different ways- some people ride roller-coasters, some people rob banks. Some of us watch horror movies, and some of us watch snuff films. Some people like to jump out of airplanes, and some people like to play Russian Roulette- whatever the case may be, there’s no shortage of shit we can do to trigger our primal fear response and we seem to crave it around every turn.

“Vicariously I live, while the whole world dies”-Tool/”Vicarious”

Another easy way to get that fear-fix is to turn on your television. Easy, right? You don’t have to risk life and limb to watch fucking TV, you just turn it on, sit down, and stare. It’s about as low-risk a proposition as can be, unless you live in Florida where TV watching can also include alligator invasions, hurricanes, and meth-trailer explosions. Sorry Florida, I know you’ve become the “easy target du jour” lately but it’s just where the chips are falling right now. Here’s a tip- stop cranking out people like Fred Durst and TAKE DOWN all those pandering anti-abortion billboards and maybe, just MAYBE you’ll have a shot at redemption. This is coming from someone who LOVES parts of you, so please Florida- don’t be mad, just be better. Sorry, I didn’t intend to interrupt myself with a diatribe on Florida but such is life, things happen.

STEP ONE: Go ahead, sit down and turn on your TV real quick. Turn the channel to CNN, or MSNBC, or (perfect for Florida) Fox News if that’s your deal. If you’re in a medical office waiting room it’s probably already on, gotta indoctrinate where they can after all!

STEP TWO: That’s it, just fuckin’ sit there. Just sit there and watch all manner of atrocity known to man unfold all over the world. In real time, 24 hours a day, live in YOUR living room. Kicked your TV in months ago? No problem, that shit’s on your phone, or laptop, or in the paper (short for “newspaper”, which is a printed medium for conveying the news just in case anyone forgot). Everywhere you go you can be tethered to the worst humanity has to offer, and even though the news is SUPPOSED to be there to inform us, in an impartial way, about the things going on in our world it is almost certainly NOT being treated as such. Everyone’s got an agenda, see- and everything you read, everything you see, and everything you hear probably has the malicious touch of falsehood all over it somewhere. To believe otherwise in 2020 would be idiotic at best, so however you choose to consume and digest your fear at the expense of others just know that you’re probably not getting the pure leaf shit- it’s been cut with SOMEBODY’S bullshit.

PANDEMIC A GO-GO!

I got the bedbug up my ass to write about this because of the recent uptick in news about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Wuhan, in the Hubei province, China is the epicenter of an outbreak of coronavirus. This new strain is significant because of its apparent ability to pass from animal to human, and the story has taken on a more and more sensational tone with every new piece of information that gets released. There are cases in multiple countries now, huge areas of China are under lockdown, and this shit is being broadcast on a continual basis everywhere a screen sits. I’m guilty of the shit too, checking CNN like ten times a day to see if there’s any new development, trying to make sure I know what’s going on so I can protect my family. The thing is though, it’s just not fucking healthy for a person to consume that much toxic information. I say that because most of this shit isn’t just presenting the story as is, it’s fucking sensationalized. Flashy graphics, ominous music, the fucking news reports play more like an episode of CSI than fucking journalism and it’s all there to scare the shit out of YOU. And ME. And EVERYONE.

We fear powerlessness, but observation is NOT strength- it’s voyeurism under the guise of imformation.

What the fuck am I gonna do about the fucking coronavirus anyway? Do I work for the CDC? Nope. Do I live in China? Nope. Am I planning on doing any international travel in the next 6 months? Fuck no, I got kids idiot! So what can I do about this shit outside of making sure my family washes our hands as often as we can, gets a good night’s sleep, and takes our fucking vitamins?Nothing. I can’t do a god damn thing. And you know what? I’m fine with it, because that’s just what it is. So, now that I know about this particular outbreak of coronavirus, why do I NEED to read every article? Why do I need to watch every “BREAKING NEWS REPORT”? Why do I need to compulsively wait for the next horror-story coming down the pipeline?

I don’t. I fucking just DON’T, and you don’t either. None of us need a constant barrage of this insanity but we continue to fill our brains with it every fucking day. As our access to a constant stream of information has increased so has our obsession with it, the obsession of “staying current” and making sure you know every facet of everything that happens everywhere EVERY DAY. I’m tired and stressed out just thinking about it, and I think we ALL feel that way too. We’re just addicts at this point, and it can be a hard habit to break.

“My eyeballs absorb only blue filtered light”-Misfits/”TV Casualty”

I’m not necessarily saying that the stories about the Wuhan coronavirus situation are coming with an agenda, but I’d be lying if I said it would SURPRISE me. You know what would sell a shitload of flu shots? A good epidemic oughtta scare people into the Minute Clinic! Wanna boost your vitamin sales? IT’S A PANDEMIC PARTY BABY! Nothing sells products like a good ‘ol fashioned catastrophe so I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if the sensational shit going around about the coronavirus had some corporate fucking sponsorship behind it somehow.

It’s the other stuff- war, the government, the stock market, guns, violence, the Middle East, the election- I could keep going. Here’s the fucking facts though (facts were a thing that existed before 2016, I’m trying like hell to hold onto the ones that are left for you guys but it’s a tough gig)- the news does NOT exist solely to inform. The news exists to serve the corporations that own the networks, and whatever other interests are funneling money into their collective pockets. The news then becomes a vehicle for the agenda of the highest bidder, and some of it is just baked right the fuck IN already. Here’s a short list:

  • The media is biased against the black community. I’ll say it again for emphasis- THE MEDIA IS BIASED AGAINST THE BLACK COMMUNITY. Does that make you uncomfortable? Tough shit, cause its fuckin’ true. The best thing Kanye West ever did on television was say “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”. Bonus? Making Mike Myers look like he was gonna shit his pants, or possibly already did.
  • The media is also biased against the LGBTQ community. Once again, with feeling- THE MEDIA IS BIASED AGAINST THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. Nothing scares the shit out of conservatives like other people’s sexual preferences, and guess who’s paying the bills? Yep, Johnny Fucking Sweater-Vest is. Wherever a middle-aged white motherfucker or a conservative is footing the bill you’re gonna get the bias towards the black community and you’re DEFINITELY gonna get the bias towards the LGBTQ community too. Everyone likes to pat themselves on the back these days, “look how enlightened & tolerant we are!” but it’s mostly bullshit.
  • The news is just like the radio, and pretty much every other form of mass-media in existence in the 21st century- it exists to sell ADVERTISING. Period. Without advertising the media doesn’t exist, and what better way to make sure we’re all stuck with capitalism forever Yep, bake that shit right into the fabric of everything. The money prints itself!
  • Oh yeah- the media is DEFINITELY biased in favor of “god, guns, and government”. These pricks are ALL too happy to show us war on a constant basis, all too happy to glorify the kind of violence it feels OK with justifying, and ALL too happy to speak ill of one candidate while boosting another. They’re all too happy to portray anyone who DOESN’T believe in God, or whatever sky-dwelling mythical figure you want to plug in, as some sort of fringe creature, and whenever something terrible happens every fucking one of them is going on and on about “thoughts and prayers” like that’s a thing that fucking matters. How about “words and actions” motherfuckers? How about “we’re sorry this horrible thing happened, so we’re going to donate a million dollars to help the cause”? No, a little TOO positive for ya? A little TOO much cheddar flying out of Johnny Fucking Sweater-Vest’s pockets? So sad, those new golf clubs might have to wait until next month. Stupid charity. 🙁
  • Women? The poor? The mentally ill and/or disabled? Yep, the media treats them like TOTAL SHIT too. “Me Too” is a thing because people let shit happen for WAY too fucking long and these fucking men got to do whatever their sick fucking caveman brains wanted to do. Get rid of all of ’em, fuck it- thin the herd. You think Matt Lauer is gonna “be his best self” after all this shit? Harvey Weinstein gonna be empowering women to be anything other than targets for his hate-penis? No, to all of the above. These predatory fucks are gonna STAY predatory fucks and they belong in the dumpster-fire of forever. Poor people are next in line, cause there’s no WAY anyone making less than $100,000 a year can be happy, right? Poverty is treated like a fucking disease when instead it is a SYMPTOM of a sick fucking system that is designed to hold some of us down while the rest get Oscars. It’s fucking gross, and as long as we are ruled by the almighty dollar they’ll ALWAYS try to deify the rich and demonize the poor. Same goes for the mentally ill and the disabled. Sure we’re not herding people into creepy-ass asylums like it’s 1932 or anything, but the stigma is REAL. But why fix it when you can just perpetuate it to appeal to the corporate anal glands that pay the fucking tab/? That’s right, you don’t. You keep everyone divided, keep everyone afraid, and keep the checks coming in.

I could go on, and on, and on, and on- and if you DIDN’T just sing “We Are The Champions” in your head I’m extremely disappointed in you.

I really could go on for hours, maybe even days, about all the ways we’re being lied to, all the ways we’re being force-fed bullshit, and all the ways we’re being dumbed down as a society so we can be better slaves to the corporations that wish to own us- but you have shit to do. You’re a fucking awesome human being for reading our content but still- at some point I have to shut up and let you go live your life, hopefully armed with a fresh perspective on things or at least having engaged your brain for a little while. Or maybe you’re here to laugh AT me cause you think I’m full of shit, who knows? Maybe some of those MAGA types like to jerk off to thoughts of murdering my snowflake ass and my articles fuel their rage-spanking. I kinda like that idea actually, thanks Chet!

All jokes aside, the original point I was trying to make is this- you’re not helping ANYONE but keeping a constant eye on all the heinous shit going on in the world. It is toxic, it is sensationalized, and it is designed to prey on your fear response, your dopamine receptors, and your desire to not get hit by asteroids or missiles. The media doesn’t aim to inspire, it strives to intimidate- so you keep watching, the bombs keep flying, and everyone’s checks get signed on Friday. So how do you stand up and fight it? Easy. First of all, I know not all of us can go be activists, or advocates, or organizers but we ALL have an ability that we can freely use across the board- we can fucking turn the shit OFF. Turn off your TV for a night. Put down your phone for a day. Tell Alexa to go fuck herself this afternoon, whatever the case my be- just shut down all the noise and let your head take a fucking break. We never do, we’re constantly chained to our devices and we are being CONSTANTLY fed information which we have NO WAY to vet in a way as to guarantee what we’re receiving is the fuckin’ TRUTH. We’re living in the age of “alternative facts”, the Tide pod challenge, and Tekashi 6ix9ine- we’re knee-deep in the lowest common denominator at all times, and if we’re gonna get our brains back we gotta TAKE them back.

Remember that time two paragraphs ago when I said I was gonna shut up? Yeaaaahhh….

Shit, I write about this shit! I review video games, I find new music and interview bands, I write about all manner of shit going on in the world- I’m always doing SOMETHING on a device, but I also make sure to take a night off from EVERYTHING here and there. I call it a “dopamine reset” and I’m sure I’m not the first person to use that term but it’s true. I’m informed, I’m up-to-date, I know what the fuck’s going on but if I let me brain rest a little every now and again those awful things on the news start to give me nightmares a LOT less. How can we have the clarity necessary to tackle all these problems when we’re constantly being force-fed half true fucking infomation about them. Like I aid earlier, FUCK “thoughts and prayers”, let’s start saying “words and actions” instead. if all you’re doing is staring into the abyss you will never see the light. Take your eyes off the darkness, find YOUR “words and actions”, and go fucking DO SOMETHING. Take a fucking walk, listen to some music, fix that fucking piece of siding you’ve needed to fix since last winter (maybe I’m projecting a little, sorry)- whatever the case may be, just get out of the 24 News Cycle of Doom, the social media frenzy, and the FOMO-inducing hype machine and just live as a human person for a little while. Remember that? it worries me that you might not. We’re not becoming more connected, we’re becoming dangerously isolated and dependent on the MEDIA to tell us what to think. Take the fucking power back the most simple and powerful way you can, just turn it OFF.

THEY ONLY LOVE US WHEN WE’RE AFRAID

AFH

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