Letter: Of sideshows and presidents

In discussing voter psychology, Aldous Huxley, who wrote Brave New World, said in a May 5, 1958 interview, “A democracy depends on the individual voter making an intelligent and rational choice for what he regards as his enlightened self-interest.”


Conversely, according to Huxley, television, radio, and internet advertising experts “try to bypass the rational side of man and to appeal directly to these unconscious forces below the surfaces so that you are, in a way, making nonsense of the whole democratic procedure, which is based on conscious choice on rational ground.”

This explains why television, especially, is skillfully used to manipulate the voter. Television has a hypnotic influence over the masses.

This was explained in the 1976 movie Network by the character Howard Beale, the Mad Prophet of the Airwaves. Beale railed against television by saying, “Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube. This tube is the Gospel. The ultimate revelation! This tube can make or break Presidents, Popes, Prime Ministers. This tube is the most awesome … force in the whole godless world. And woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people.”

Beale continues, “Television is not the truth. Television’s a (darned) amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players.”

With Trump, America was persuaded to elect a sideshow freak for president. With Oprah, America may elect a man-hating storyteller for president.

Woe to men if this happens.

Kevin Palmer




Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:10

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