Because television is usually one of the very first major influential technologies that we are exposed to as a child including when we are in the womb, let’s take a look at its impact on our learning years (utral to 7) which includes adolescence. While we acknowledge that there is good television programing, the adjacent video, Violence in Cartoon History 1914 – 2015 is a good example of one of the ways humans are exposed to violent epi programming at such an early age.
According the American Psychological Association, “As a result of 15 years of “consistently disturbing” findings about the violent content of children's programs, the Surgeon General's Scientific Advisory Committee on Television and Social Behavior was formed in 1969 to assess the impact of violence on the attitudes, values and behavior of viewers. The resulting report and a follow-up report in 1982 by the National Institute of Mental Health identified these major effects of seeing violence on television:
Once again keep in mind while watching this video that the epi programming we are exposed to in our leaning years as children and even well into our adolescence stays with us in our subconscious mind and influences not only our health but also our perceptions and decision making for the rest of our life as adults but also can be passed on to future generations and once again because it is subconscious or even unconscious epi programming most people are unaware of its impact on their life.
What we (Keema and Rob) find interesting about this study is that the follow up report was completed in 1982 this was 45 years ago this means that the generation of children studied would now be adults that are well passed midlife maybe even into retirement, in other words many (not all) of these children of this era that as a result of watching violent television (epi programming) that as a result are “less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others”, “fearful of the world around them”, and “more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others” may not only have been key decision makers in our communities, schools, governments, and around our world but also may be part of those humans or international corporations and governments that science now claim are responsible for the sixth mass extinction of planet earth that is almost entirely cause by humans.
“In less than 1 minute of television viewing, the person’s brainwaves switch from beta waves – brainwaves associated with active, logical thought – to primarily Alpha waves associated with suggestibility.”
-Dr. Krugman Ph.D. Columbia University
“Television portrays the ideology of a society, the structure of a society, the power of relations and so on. It plays a powerful role in shaping the human consciousness and the collective consciousness.”
– Dr. Albert Bandura professor of social Science in psychology, Emeritus, Stanford
According an American Academy of Family Physicians online publication “Children and adolescents in the U.S. spend an average of about seven and a half hours a day using various forms of entertainment media, such as television, video games, the Internet, and recorded music.Research suggests that the time they spend interacting with various media surpasses all other activities except sleep.
“Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.”
– Richard Salant, former President of CBS News
America’s mainline media is owned and controlled by a mere 6 corporations. This, of course, means that unless you’re already consciously avoiding these mainline media sources, then most of the news and entertainment that makes it onto your screen and into your mind comes from a small pool of corporate sources, all of which play important roles in delivering propaganda, social programming and perpetual crisis narratives to the public. The conglomerates are: General Electric, News Corp., Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS.
Children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.
Children may be more fearful of the world around them.
Children may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others
“Moreover, studies have shown that by the time young people living today reach their 70s, they will have spent the equivalent of 7 to 10 years of their lives watching television.” Children’s shows are particularly violent. Watching Saturday morning cartoons used to be a common aspect of American life. Now, networks feature cartoons continuously. Studies analyzing the content of popular cartoons noted that they contain 20 to 25 violent acts per hour, which is about six times as many as prime time programs.23 Overall, 46 percent of television violence occurs in cartoons.
An average American youth will witness 200,000 violent acts on television before age 18. Violence is often considerable, even in programs not advertised as violent. Overall, weapons appear on prime time television an average of nine times each hour. An estimated 54 percent of American children can watch this programming from the privacy of their own bedrooms.”
According to Global Research, Centre for on Globalization “The advertisers that support these media companies have tremendous sway over what makes it on the airwaves. They help to control public perception.”
According to a 2015 online publication “How the American government is trying to control what you think” by The Washington Post “In 2014, the government spent $760 million to hire private advertising firms, according to USASpending.gov. The contracts purchased advertising space on all forms of media, marketing research and opinion polling, message-crafting assistance and more.” That is close to a billion dollars of tax payer’s money.
When we (Rob and Keema) ask people how they derive to the conclusion of their perception of the world, most people reply by the news.