Humilitainment: How to Control the Citizenry Through Reality TV Distractions

Desultory Heroics

By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead

Source: The Rutherford Institute

Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours…. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.”—Professor Neil Postman

Once again, the programming has changed.

Like clockwork, the wall-to-wall news coverage of the latest crisis has shifted gears.

We have gone fromCOVID-19 lockdownstoTrump-Biden election dramato theRussia-Ukraine crisisto theKetanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearingstoWill Smith’s on-camera assault of comedian Chris Rockat the Academy Awards Ceremony.

The distractions, distortions, and political theater just keep coming.

The ongoing reality…

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