“The press is all in, in support of Biden,” said Texas Senator Ted Cruz after the vice-presidential debate October 7.
That reality is an alert that the upcoming election is about much more than Donald Trump or Joe Biden but has serious implications for the nation’s long-term political and institutional freedoms.
Conservative candidates for public office must not only run against a human opponent, but also must withstand a massive left-oriented consensus establishment that weaponizes information.
“Those who tell the stories rule society,” said Plato centuries ago.
“Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture,” said Allen Ginsberg more recently.
Neil Postman, in his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (Penguin Books, 1985), argued that “TV is turning all public life (education, religion, politics, journalism) into entertainment.” The result is that “image is undermining all forms of communication, particularly the written word.”
Further, “our bottomless appetite” for TV is leading to an “information glut” so that “what is truly meaningful is lost and we no longer care what we’ve lost as long as we are being amused,” added Andrew Postman in his introduction to his father’s book.
Neil Postman reflected on Aldous Huxley and his dystopian book Brave New World. According to Postman, Huxley was telling us that “people will come to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.”
Camille Paglia says Postman saw that “the young would therefore inherit a frantically all-consuming culture of glitz, gossip, and greed.”
The Consensus Establishment eagerly promotes such a culture.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace B. Henley