by Bruce E. Levine

“Television is a ‘dream come true’ for an authoritarian society.  Those with the most money own most of what people see.  Fear-based TV programming makes people more afraid and distrustful of one another, which is good for an authoritarian society depending on a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy.  Television isolates people so they are not joining together to govern themselves.  Viewing television puts one in a brain state that makes it difficult to think critically, and it quiets and subdues a population.  And spending one’s free time isolated and watching TV interferes with the connection to one’s own humanity, and thus makes it easier to accept an authority’s version of society and life.  Whether it is in American penitentiaries or homes, TV is a staple of American pacification.”

Interesting, considering I just plugged this book on here the other day, to see an article referencing and expanding upon it.