As I write this I can just hear them now…
“Oh no, here he goes again… another environmental-political-opinionated post!”
The truth is, Stevie and I are becoming increasingly concerned with the state of the world and the seemingly insurmountable problems we face, for example, climate change. There is also a nagging frustration that it seems as if a lot of people are in denial about what’s going on. I asked myself, “Why is this?”
I’m sure we could all come up with many reasons, and below are two which I consider highly probable.
1) People are distracted by the western culture of consumerism, driven through media, which is primarily spoon fed through television.
2) The critical thinking skills of a large portion of the population are being retarded by ideology, religion, lack of education, and the sensationalized soundbites and fact-free opinions proliferated in the mainstream media.
A prime example of these two things coming together is the belief that climate change isn’t real, or isn’t a real threat. I’ve had several social media debates on this topic recently, and, frankly, it’s mind boggling to witness the level of ignorance, and, worse yet, apathy on this topic. Furthermore, I find it appalling that climate change isn’t part of the national conversation this election season.
Having said that, I want to be constructive. I really do believe that our populace is being dumbed down by the media. And so, here is a blog post that encourages a path to awareness by following two simple steps. If you want to debate this topic on facebook or in any other medium, I’m more than happy to do so, but please complete these two steps first.
1) Turn off your TV for 30 days
Make the commitment to go 1 full month without watching any television. I promise it won’t kill you.
Why would you do this? Because TV is crap. There are only 3 things you get from television:
1) You get Lies - I don’t care whether you’re watching FOX News or MSNBC, at best it’s sensationalized entertainment and at worst it’s flat out lies.
2) You get Dumb - By tuning in to your favorite TV shows every week, you’re simply being dumbed down. It’s a way to control you, and it moves you into a state of retardation and desensitization.
3) You get Sold Shit - Every message on TV is designed to sell you something, whether it’s the American Dream of debt and consumerism or some bullshit ideology designed to keep you in line and keep you stupid.
If these 3 reasons don’t compel you, read the facts about TV at the bottom of this post.
In a nutshell, the reason you should do this is because it may well be the most powerful thing you CAN do to build awareness. And let’s face it, the world really needs a lot more of that right now.
“As you become able to pull back out of the immersion in the TV set, you can widen your perceptual environment to again include the room you are in.
Your feelings and personal awareness are rekindled. With self-awareness emerging you can perceive the quality of sensory deadness television induces, the one-dimensionality of its narrowed information field…” – Jerry Mander
So, without TV you’ll probably have a lot of extra time. Try this…
2) Watch this FREE 3 hour video on Global Warming
Yes, I understand it’s ironic that I’m asking you to give up TV, then turning around and asking you to watch a video. Please bear with me. It’s free on youtube. Click here…
Note: This program is broken into 23 videos, each a little over 10 minutes long. This makes it easy to watch short sections at a time. You can do it! Invite your kids to watch it. And your spouse or significant other. The more the better.
If you’re thinking this is a really long and boring video on science, keep in mind that the average American spends around 112 hours a month watching crap on TV. And before you say one of the following…
‘I already believe in climate change, I don’t need to be convinced’
‘I don’t believe in climate change, I don’t need to be convinced’
…let me tell you this. Whether you believe it or not, you should watch this video. This informative video debunks BOTH sides of the issue and boils it down to pure science. All facts and sources are transparent and checked. Whether you believe or not, we have to reach a point where we can discuss this issue based on REAL FACTS, not the propaganda and lies that we hear from both sides of the debate in the mainstream media. And. most importantly, we need to understand the urgency of this issue.
So please, kill your television and watch the video. :)
“American children and adolescents spend 22 to 28 hours per week viewing television, more than any other activity except sleeping. By the age of 70 they will have spent 7 to 10 years of their lives watching TV.” – The Kaiser Family Foundation
“You watch television to turn your brain off…” – Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer and Pixar, in Macworld Magazine, February 2004
“Everybody’s got values . . . The thing that frightens me is the way that an eroding public school system . . . and television on all over the place is leading to a steady dumbing down of the American public and a corrosion of basic critical thinking in the population.” – Jamie Raskin, American University law professor
According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year).
I. FAMILY LIFE
Percentage of households that possess at least one television: 99
Number of TV sets in the average U.S. household: 2.24
Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets: 66
Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes
Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66
Number of hours of TV watched annually by Americans: 250 billion
Value of that time assuming an average wage of S5/hour: S1.25 trillion
Percentage of Americans who pay for cable TV: 56
Number of videos rented daily in the U.S.: 6 million
Number of public library items checked out daily: 3 million
Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV: 49
Approximate number of studies examining TV’s effects on children: 4,000
Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 3.5
Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
Percentage of parents who would like to limit their children’s TV watching: 73
Percentage of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV and spending time with their fathers, preferred television: 54
Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
Number of murders seen on TV by the time an average child finishes elementary school: 8,000
Number of violent acts seen on TV by age 18: 200,000
Percentage of Americans who believe TV violence helps precipitate real life mayhem: 79
Number of 30-second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
Number of TV commercials seen by the average person by age 65: 2 million
Percentage of survey participants who said that TV commercials aimed at children make them too materialistic: 92
Rank of food products/fast-food restaurants among TV advertisements to kids: 1
Total spending by 100 leading TV advertisers: $15 billion
Percentage of local TV news broadcast time devoted to advertising: 30
Percentage devoted to stories about crime, disaster and war: 53.8
Percentage devoted to public service announcements: 0.7
Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges: 59
Percentage who can name at least three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: 17
-Compiled by TV-Free America