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Postby PianoRacer on April 17th, 2018, 7:26 pm

Here is a clip from a popular US TV show (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) laying out how the governmedia really works. The entire episode is worth watching (Season 9, Episode 2, "Gun Fever Too: Still Hot"), but this clip sums it up nicely. I found the role of the news anchor ("Chet") particularly hilarious:


full link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLZVsmfm3hw

Frank: I think of myself more like Al Gore.
You know, he got everybody worked up over global warming.
Then he made millions.
Everybody does it.
Liberals, conservatives, doesn't matter.
This is America: you're either a duper or a dupee.
I'm a duper.
You guys are the dupees.


The Simpsons, a much older but more well-known show had similar tidbits sprinkled throughout. I found the following particularly amusing:

[1F13] Deep Space Homer
Video starts at 1:06 of this video: https://youtu.be/GyTOmihKopE?t=1m6s
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NASA Assistant: Sir, the TV ratings for the launch are the highest in ten years.
Everyone: Yay!
NASA Scientist: And how's the spacecraft doing?
NASA Assistant: I dunno. All this equipment is just used to measure TV ratings.


Once again the news anchor ("Kent Brockman") is in rare form:


full link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lcUHQYhPTE
Kent Brockman reports on Channel Six.

Kent: We're just about to get our first pictures from inside the
spacecraft with "average-naut" Homer Simpson, and we'd like to
-- aah!
[Camera shows a close-up of an ant floating in front of the
three astronauts]
Everyone: Aah!
Kent: Ladies and gentlemen, er, we've just lost the picture, but,
uh, what we've seen speaks for itself. The Corvair spacecraft
has been taken over -- "conquered", if you will -- by a master
race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this
vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men
or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain, there is no
stopping them; the ants will soon be here.
And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to
remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful
in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar
caves.



It's pretty clear who the news anchors in these clips owe their allegiance to, and it isn't the truth nor their audiences.

One last one, this time in the realm of education. The truth spoken by the school superintendent here is striking to me, and the images portrayed remind me very much of my own prison-like elementary school experience:

https://youtu.be/9135thV3Dj0?t=38s

At school, it's recess time. Three uniformed children bounce a ball in
unison. Six children swing slowly in unison on a swingset.


Todd: [without enthusiasm] You're "it". [touches Lisa]
Lisa: [to Milhouse] Now you are the one who is "it".
Milhouse: [looking down] Understood.
Superintendent Chalmers: Well, I've got to hand it to you, Seymour: these drab student
coverings have created the perfect distraction-free
environment, thus preparing the children for permanent
positions in tomorrow's mills and processing facilities.


Then of course there is the school's "Independent Thought Alarm":

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full link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBAhx8Uadfg

Principal Skinner: Uh oh. Two independent thought alarms in one day. The students are overstimulated. Willie, remove all the colored chalk from the classrooms.
Groundskeeper Willie: [slamming his fist angrily on Skinner's desk] I warned ye! Didn't I warn ye?!? That colored chalk was forged by Lucifer himself!


It brings to mind similar satire from Calvin and Hobbes:

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Calvin stands in front of his classroom for show and tell, holding a small box.
Calvin: Today for show and tell I've brought a tiny marvel of nature: a single snowflake.
Calvin: I think we might all learn a lesson from how this utterly unique and exquisite crystal...
Calvin: ...turns into an ordinary, boring molecule of water, just like every other one, when you bring it in the classroom.
Calvin: And now, while the analogy sinks in, I'll be leaving you drips and going outside.
Teacher: CALVIN!


It took me until early adulthood to truly understand the analogy that Calvin is referring to here, but when I did it resonated with me deeply. Some interesting analysis here:

https://sites.google.com/site/english4a ... e/analysis

Coming to terms with the true purpose of compulsory government education and the governmedia is an important step to de-domesticating ourselves, at least it was for me. Being exposed to this kind of humor from an early age ultimately helped me dramatically change my perspective. I hope others find them helpful as well or at the very least, amusing.
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