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Forum Post: Stating the obvious: TV corrupts your mind and helps Wall Street

Posted 1 year ago on May 28, 2012, 3:35 a.m. EST by Misaki (893)
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How? Simple: it makes you think things are worth more than they really are. Advertisements and complacency which makes you vulnerable to the suggestions you see.

Our minds are vulnerable to our senses of hearing and sight, this is obvious and just as obviously advertising companies exploit this to make you think that a certain product is worth buying.

The NYT's iEconomy series on Apple's business practices had a lot of good comments so it might help you see how you are being manipulated, but there's no real reason to single out Apple other than that it is extremely profitable compared to its competitors (and stores those profits in overseas tax havens despite some people wanting it to pay that money out in dividends to stockholders).

So basically TV memes of value have corrupted the minds of most consumers in the US and turned them into zombies. This is part of why people are reluctant to abandon their iPhones and support work conservation.

The question is, are you willing to care? Or will you let Wall Street win (again)?

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[-] 3 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

I always believe a salesman - especially if they are a republiclan

[-] 1 points by bigbangbilly (594) 1 year ago

Use adblock for internet if you don't like ads. Did you meant tropes instead of meme? tvtropes.org is about tropes

[-] 1 points by Misaki (893) 1 year ago

Memes such as "Apple's products are cool and will make me socially attractive and successful."

[-] 1 points by tomdavid55 (93) 1 year ago

The news media has become so biased in not only how they slant news but also the news they choose to report. For example, the report very little about the Occupy Wallstreet movement. If we stop watching the news on TV and buying newspapers they will lose their advertisers.

That's why I created a petition to All News Media, which says:

"The news media has become so biased in not only how they slant news but also the news they choose to report. For example, the report very little about the Occupy Wallstreet movement. If we stop watching the news on TV and buying newspapers they will lose their advertisers."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://signon.org/sign/boycott-the-news-media?source=c.em.mt&r_by=104560

Thanks!

[-] 1 points by Misaki (893) 1 year ago

What does that have to do with job creation, the #1 issue for the US according to many people (more than any other issue) is the economy and job creation.

[-] 1 points by tomdavid55 (93) 1 year ago

DUH! I believe the subject of this thread as stated is: "Forum Post: Stating the obvious: TV corrupts your mind and helps Wall Street" What does your comment about job creation have to do with that?

[-] 1 points by Misaki (893) 1 year ago

oh sorry :p So did you vote for work conservation?

[-] 1 points by OccNoVi (415) 1 year ago

Paying out dividends was one of the major redistribution mechanisms, in America, that created our Middle Class after WW II.

Can't have that.

The alternative is retained earnings and wealth concentration through stock market and bond scams, plus saddling corporations with massive debt to the worst of the 1%. That's what has been happening, overwhelmingly.

(Btw: just to make sure this hits the search engines today -- http://occupywallst.org/forum/mary-jo-kopechne-and-leola-anderson-rest-in-peace/ -- thanks.)

[-] 1 points by Misaki (893) 1 year ago

Corporations can deduct interest payments from their earnings to reduce their taxes.

This is the #1 reason they take on 'unnecessary' debt. http://www.nextnewdeal.net/rortybomb/question-private-equity-or-bain-capital-purchases-stick

Paying out dividends was one of the major redistribution mechanisms, in America, that created our Middle Class after WW II.

Mostly it was universal high school and high taxes on the rich (~90% marginal tax rate) that kept inequality low.

Also, "in most cases corporate profits go to people who are already rich. The top 10% in the United States had 75% of net worth and 83% of net financial assets in 2009 [http://www.epi.org/page/-/BriefingPaper292.pdf]."

More dividends really does not help the middle class at all.