How the mass media brainwash us
with consumerism, war propaganda, false history, fake news, fake issues, fake
reality. TV is an addiction, an escapist fix. The Orwellian telescreen replaces
the self, the family, nature, reality, and the mind with its non-stop absurdist
patter of banality, violence, and vulgarity.
The Telescreen is the pervasive media screen put in front of, and
injected into, the eyes and ears of humans in the American electronic
techno-culture. This begins from birth, and molds consciousness throughout
life: not a genuine human consciousness, but rather is a less-than-human, despiritualized
semi-consciousness. People today continually flood their consciousnesses with
images and impressions from television, videogames, church, radio, billboards,
textbooks, magazines, newspapers, etc.—the “telescreen world” of Orwell’s 1984. The Telescreen is about how this pseudosphere destroys
consciousness and society as humans give their attention, consciousness, and
vital spirit to the telescreen. The result is a society of unholy sub humans,
who no longer act like they have souls: They cannot turn off the telescreen
world even to have dinner and talk to each other or to their children. When
they do talk it is mostly about impressions from the telescreen world. Their
inner subjective consciousness is constructed and formed by the telescreen, leading
to a world of despiritualization and warmongering by hordes of conformist,
petty, unhappy troll-like “yes-men.”
The telescreens of 1984 substituted fiction lives for the
empty ones of a brainwashed population, as in Plato’s cave. Grupp drives it
home that this is our world now. Some features of this dream-world of The Telescreen: Materialism and
consumerism make people into robots, shallow stooges. Degrading self-images,
down-dumbing education of drills, not thinking skills. War propaganda fed on
pure fakery and repetition by the media, censored of truth and filled with
non-news, gossip and cant. Brainwashing underpinned by fallacious reasoning.
Example: Iran and Iraq slandered as murderously planning to unleash WMDs, while
the U.S. really has and uses them for genocide against target nations.
Information warfare: The bias of “educational” TV shows like the “History
Channel.” Trusted figures hired to peddle suspect messages. Journalists who
stray from the party line into real issues are fired. Exploiting the herd
instinct to impose conformity. Psychological tyranny is more effective than
brute force. An artificial consciousness is dinned into people by constant
electronic stimuli. They depend on it—and on pharmaceutical drugs too—for a
feeling of well-being: they are addicts.
Softcover, 199 pages
Jeffrey Grupp is an adjunct lecturer at Purdue University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Purdue with an MA in philosophy from Western Michigan University, and a BA in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. His professional research specializations are Buddhism, quantum physics, and economic and political issues in philosophy. Grupp has published a dozen articles in top philosophy journals on quantum physics, Buddhism, and attacks on metaphysics.
Grupp has said on national radio that his political views are entirely absent from his university teaching and his political philosophy and academic teaching do not ever mix because universities would not consider his political positions real or credible information. Grupp's academic work in mainstream philosophy (specifically metaphysics, Buddhism, and quantum mechanics) has been claimed by Quentin Smith to be original and rigorous.