My new job has me on the road approximately 50% of the time, I thought I ‘liked’ travel, but it’s a bit overrated, but that being said I have a lot of time to think, and my hyper-conservative co-workers endlessly listen to Fox news and its spawn. Most people are only capable of thinking in one or other, good evil evil, me vs you, and this is how fox exploits this.
To state it bluntly, I always thought fox news was total shit, a pretty blatant psyops/propaganda piece, that was when I was a liberal and young, most of that has not changed but now I see an interesting thing about some of what they said: a lot of it is true.
Now, I need to qualify this immensely, I am NOT a fan, but I see the insane propaganda of how this works. They rail endlessly about how muslims ‘hate our freedom’ and how good America is because of ‘freedom’, yes, pretty dumb I know. But what was surprisingly interesting was how they took Killary Clinton to task about all this stuff about insider trading to Russia, to evading taxes etc. Of a typical program on fox, 90% is Killary criticism, but only things that are easy to point to: such as insider trading, NOT that she is just as war hawkish as Bushbama presidency.
What this taught me, is how this fits into the simplistic plots we are taught and grow up with. We are REARED thinking there is ‘good guys’ (us) vs those bad guys out there. There good is clear and right, bad is evil, wrong, greedy, never is there any complex thinking in that both sides might ‘be right’. It is somehow really profound thinking in this world that Isis might actually believe they are ‘good guys’ instead of monsters we think they are. Does anyone wake up thinking ‘yep today I am going to be a bad guy, can’t wait for Team America to come stomp me out’.
So, I have my repub coworkers who HEAR this corruption on the democrat side, and to them ‘democrats are shit’ and for the most part they are right, but they fall into their childish mentality where if demo = evil then repub = good. It becomes impossible for them to realize that REPUBLICANS ARE JUST AS CORRUPT. Over on MSN or wherever they are talking about Chris Chrisitie letting off oil companies light for exchange of political donations.
I’d like to end this with a disturbing sign I saw in Texas: Thank You Israel
Yes, thank you for ruining our country one dollar at a time.