What Is The Greatest Form Of Control?

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The English writer David icke once said, “The greatest form of control is when you think you 're free, when you 're being fundamentally manipulated and dictated to. One form of dictatorship is being in a prison cell and you can see the bars and touch them. The other one is sitting in a prison cell but you can 't see the bars and you think you 're free.” Media is everywhere today, every house has television and internet, everyone has a cellphone, information is constantly being thrown at people- through forms of media such as advertisements for instance. This essay will argue that although they may not even realize it, people are being manipulated and controlled by the media. The working class are slaves to the media industry as it makes involvement …show more content…
Instead it teaches useless information about things like celebrities for instance. These celebrities are used to endorse items, keep the audience glued to the television, and using social media. (Adorno, T. & Horkheimer, M., 1944) Theodor Adorno, a member of The Frankfurt School, thought deeply on this idea. He believed that leisure time was to be spent for the betterment of the soul, for one to grow in new ways, gain a new insight, and become inspired. He argued that leisure time was being consumed by mass culture- which Adorno would call “The Culture Industry.” He said that modern media seemed to be designed as a distraction from one’s true self. Leisure time had become toxic due to the media- what was once a time to thrive, had become solely for entertainment. He said that modern media is designed to keep us entertained and distracted, subconsciously confused, and ultimately as abiding citizens. To be left alone now a days can seem boring and a waste of time. The media took away from the knowledge of …show more content…
People still read, they work on themselves, they go to the gym, it is undeniable. Media is simply a means of an escape for the occasional entertainment craving. People want to get away in their leisure, they do not want to be so consumed with their own lives so often that they do not step out of their bubble. It is a good thing to watch a movie sometimes, to be distracted from all the hate and crime this world holds, and focus on the beauty of a story.
Once the hate and crimes of this world are truly understood, and the invisible prison is revealed, pop culture undeniably becomes meaningless. Why would one want to go to a movie about monsters and aliens while the real issues in the world go ignored? Modern media generates laziness, fixing the issues heard on the news is not even a thought in the solution, a crime on the news is just another story. There is no will to alter reality, as it is accepted. Making humans simply consumers to the entertainment the media has fed

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