As a 52-year-old from the era of three-channel TV, I believe the only way we can escape the collective brainwashing sweeping our nation is to question information sources and think for ourselves again. The propagandist methods of conquerors, communists and Spanish inquisitors are dwarfed by the misinforming mass-media machine we call cable TV/internet/cellphones and whatever’s next.
Whatever our politics, we should be alarmed by:
A national fixation on news-cycle politics that replaced the reality show.
“News” channels filled with political propaganda beaming endlessly into public and private venues.
Never miss a local story.
Talk shows that make money for hosts proportional to their extremity.
An internet so infused with conspiracy that even well-respected news sites have unsolicited videos peddling Obama and Trump love-tryst theories.
Politicians who don’t themselves set policy but are wagged by the tail of misinformed voters.
Social-media-enabled group-think with the ability to convey misinformation instantaneously.
Attempting to step out of this media bubble has allowed me to see America as a great country with manageable problems and potential for positive change — along the lines of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.