Programmed By the Idiot Box

Saturday, July 10, 2010
Posted in category Decivilization

Alex Jones is right when he says “We are a wicked, decadent, degenerate society.” Not we, however, but they.

He brings up my pet peeve – the daily obsession with LeBron James. I am so sick of this constant obsession with LeBron James, a giant freak of nature who gets on his tippy toes to dunk a ball in a metal hoop. The hyper-obsession with that crap is a voluntary mental illness. Everywhere I go, that’s the only piece of news people want to discuss. As Jones also notes, the other great big piece of news is the life and times of Lindsay Lohan. A Google search of her name brings up in excess of 200 million listings.

Jones says the obsession with ”petty issues of little or no significance” is essentially why we are dumbed-down slaves. Since I have said similar things for a long time, I won’t argue with that conclusion. This (for the most part) is a pretty good rant.

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15 Responses to Programmed By the Idiot Box

  1. Cody says:

    July 10th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    The LeBron James brouhaha is silly. But so is complaining about it. Why complain about this petty issue when there are bigger, loftier things to complain about, like, I don’t know, the progressive income tax or some such.

  2. Karen De Coster says:

    July 10th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    What is silly is leaving a comment about complaints to complain about criticism of such.

  3. Cody says:

    July 10th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    What is silly is someone complaining about someone who complained about your original complaint. 

  4. Michael the Artist says:

    July 10th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I watched “The Decision” on DVR (sorry, sponsors, I cannot identify y’all) and watched those reporters debase themselves, especially the one sitting across from him. Howard Cosell those guys aren’t.

  5. Karen De Coster says:

    July 10th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I’m filing a complaint with the owner of this blog …………………………

  6. Iluvatar says:

    July 11th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I find it very interesting that Harlan Ellison (“Boy and His Dog”) had it so right in a talk he gave at the University of Dayton (OH) circa `78-`79.

    And I believe history will serve to bear his position out.

    He referred to TV as “sucking on the glass teat”.

    By which he meant the dumbing-down and mind control of the Idiocracy.

    I think TV has served as an excellent accelarator to social control which has been the play of our socialistic policies for the past 80 YRS (FDR).

    And I think history will bear this out (at the level of the general population – not the intelligencia).

    Oh guess what? FiOS is gone. TV is through over the air broadcasts – i.e., Free (remember when?).

    And I don’t miss it one bit!

    Anti tech-toy philosophy is beginning to inspire me…

  7. Deb S. says:

    July 11th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I have understood the media obsession with ‘who cares?’ stories to have a purpose… and that purpose is currently (and maybe it’s been this way all along?) to stall groups of people from appearing in DC with torches and pitchforks. Of course, I could be completely mistaken.

  8. diego says:

    July 11th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I thought that H.L. Mencken wrote how The Majority were idiots before the idiot box was invented. No matter what technology gets invented (radio, TV, cable TV, satellite, Internet/WWW, mobile computing), H.L. Mencken quotations never run out of style. So I’m guessing it’s the same old issue for the past 200 years.

    Why not have a section where people just post complaints. You can be a trend setter by having your own “Complaint Dept.” section on the website. Then, let your audience answer them so you can save some time.

    Or maybe add in something like links voting. So when someone finds something on the Web, then can post it here instead of fattening your email infox. Your audience then votes it up or down. You can then use fancy buzzwords like “crowdsourcing” and “Web 2.0″. It will be like Reddit, except wittier.

  9. quints says:

    July 12th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I had thought that with the demise of TV and the internet, this process might lose some if it’s momentum, but I was not correct. It seems that though you can research virtually any topic on the internet, it is generally used to transmit the same stories to everyone via multiple websites –,,, etc all run with the same garbage stories and editorials and everyone reads them and talks about them, even though they have no connection with these people’s lives. It is sickening, and technology has actually made it more pervasive.

  10. liberranter says:

    July 12th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Deb, you’re probably correct in your guess. However, the sort of people who are easily distracted by the brainless nonsense of which Karen writes are highly unlikely to be the same people who, under even the most favorable of circumstances, would be sufficiently educated or engaged to descend on Rome-on-the-Potomac with torches and pitchforks. (Indeed, I have a hard time imagining such people doing anything with torches and pitchforks other than fatally injuring themselves.)

  11. Heat Shirts says:

    July 13th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Im starting to think that Lebron’s move without warning to Dan Gilbert, was the right move the more I read in to this. Dan Stated that ” I have been holding this in for a long time.” speaking of Lebron being a coward narcissistic etc.

  12. Kevin Benko says:

    July 15th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I have no idea who this LeBron James person is, and I’m not going to even Google the name to find out. I self-describe myself as “socially retarded” since I stopped watching television back in the late 1980′s. It baffles me when cow-orkers attempt to have conversations with me concerning some nonsense on some television show. I tell them that I don’t have a clue about what they are talking and that I don’t watch television… then I get “the look” like I’ve a tentacle growing out of my head or something.

    I heard about the OJ Simpson thing, and I really didn’t give a frog’s fat a$$ what the verdict was, and people just didn’t understand why I didn’t care. And it’s been like that for every “major” piece of “news” for the past 20-something years. While ignorance may be bliss, I am still trying to find out if I am the ignorant one for not caring about television, or if the television groupies are the ignorant ones.

  13. Iluvatar says:

    July 18th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    @ Kevin:

    Wise words dude!

    Don’t feel bad, I did basically the same.

    I have been apolitical since birth – still am. I watched TV into the 80′s until good shows like MASH, Cheers died. Now when the TV is on, I am watching a movie.

    Keep up on the news through the internet – especially Drudge Report, Lew Rockwell, The Pragmatic Capitalist and Mish Shedlock’s Global Econ Analysis. The Baltimoron Sun and The Washington Post costs me ~5 minutes to scan per day.

    I simply can’t wait until I reach the day when the news (pop or otherwise) matters to me not at all. When caring about the next tyrannical step our Fed Gov has taken not even raises an eyebrow -

    B/c that will be the day I am actually “free”, “retired” take your pick.

    Then, my only worries will be getting through the library of Existentialism I am building, mebbe read some Rothbard & Mencken & Hazlitt & most of all Hayek on the side, and then diving into Buddhism & Vendanta Hinduism (comparitive religion).

    I view retirement as mulitply pronged exercise: the right to cease having to bust my a$$ at work, the ability to be resilient against economic downturns, the ability to no longer care about a society that, imho, is “hair-brained”/”crazy”, the ability to run ANY day of the week I choose, the ability to TAKE any drugs I choose (really, really BIG wink!), and the ability to pursue god-concepts theory and continue the spiritual development that matures me as a man and member of the human race (although lately, I am not sure this club is for me in the latter case)…

    Bon Soir amis!

  14. Michael says:

    July 20th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    The only redeeming thing about the LeBron James nonsense is the fact that he picked Miami over New York.

    Remember, Florida has no resident income tax. New York State has one of the highest in the nation at nearly 9%. Not to mention, there’s a New York City income tax of 3.65%. So when we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars here, that quickly adds up.

    So is that why LeBron picked Miami? Who knows, but it makes for an interesting conversation that’s totally absent on the idiot box.

  15. Elden Nikirk says:

    July 29th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    So it seems that frequent imbibing over time is likely to lead to alcohol addiction. Statistics tell us that a man drinking more than 15 drinks per week or a woman drinking more than 12 will increase that person’s likelihood of suffering from alcohol addiction. This isn’t the only risk factor, however:

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