mulebone » 16 Sep 2013 20:52 wrote:
Let's see if I understand the RI zeitgeist.
TV is a huge time wasting mind control/mind manipulation device that disseminates propaganda on a massive scale except when it involves shows that RI-ers personally like or are addicted to. Is that about right?
Story telling is central to human experience, as are the various genres and disciplines of art, which are all different forms of story telling, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. I would never denigrate any single discipline, simply on the basis of its delivery. That would be foolish, like choosing to reject something intrinsically human that is capable of producing much good, including the power to confront other intrinsically human characteristics that have proven universally harmful, at this point.
It isn't the tool that is the issue, but who wields it and how. We attempt to pay mind to how power structures use television to manipulate the masses. This doesn't require us to offer blind cynicism to all of the medium's outputs. Writers, producers, and actors are not universally corrupt, and even if they were, it doesn't necessarily mean that they can't produce good art, or that we're automatically brainwashed by it, and can't parcel out form from meaning.
You know, I'm an extreme misanthropist myself, but the human capacity for creative expression, as twisted and fucked up as its products can be, is one of very few things that can lower the level of my hatred. I feel sorry for you if you've blocked yourself off from it.