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If you think TV is harmless…

You should check out Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander or the TED talk “Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions?”

The fact is TV is not a function of culture but the creator of it, and that culture is one of exploitation and brutality.

TV provides context control and defaulting* standards which in turn shape what you think of as your own decision making power.

I’m not saying don’t watch shows, I’m saying don’t watch shows with commercials, or just passivity let the TV run in the background.

While shows themselves are often manipulative in and of themselves they at least have an indirect agenda, not one that is openly exploitative and deceptive.

The idea that you can “just ignore” the commercials is dangerous ignorance. :/

Based on Dan Ariely’s demonstration that the default is typically chosen when the chooser is confused, and that context defines the default, then i use the word “defaulting” as a verb to indicate the manipulating of the default for purposes of influence.

Updated: April 27, 2010 — 7:23 pm

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