Living In a World of Make Believe?

January 22, 2017

 

Technology has been exploding in terms of growth in the last century, and these quantum leaps in development are reflected in the rapid evolution of the internet, the media and cable television. In the past 30 to 40 years, the entertainment industry has morphed and changed in ways we could not have imagined. Media analyst and social activist Mark Dice is aware of these changes, and is alarmed by the effects he is seeing in people and their ways of thinking (or not thinking.)


Never before have people had access to so many ways to escape reality. In addition to hundreds of channels of programming now available for consumption on cable television, the internet also provides a wide variety of media choices with content on just about everything under the sun. While this means there is a lot of excellent educational and genuinely thought-provoking material out there, there is also an alarming amount of "junk" content in the form of "reality" TV.

Mark Dice is a media analyst, published author and political activist whose mission is to get people to question "reality" and our celebrity-obsessed culture. He does so in a dynamic, entertaining but always thought-provoking and educational ways. He encourages people to consider what role the mainstream media (and even elite secret societies) might play in shaping our perceptions, beliefs and expectations about our lives.

One way Mark does this is through compelling, one-the-scene sociological experiments that he records on video. The videos are broadcast on his YouTube channel and in other public forums. Due to the jarring nature of the content, many of these videos have "gone viral" or been referred to on entertainment outlets such as The View on ABC, The' O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, TMZ and other mainstream media programs. Mark Dice has also been featured on (or attacked in) the New York Post's Page Six, USA Today, Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Daily News as well as major newspapers in Iran and Pakistan.

In one recent video, Mark went out in public with a genuine, 1 oz. Canadian gold coin (the price of gold was almost $1,600 at the time) and proceeded to try and sell it to passersby for far less than its value: $25, to be exact. He approached people on the street one by one with this jaw-dropping offer. He even offered to allow them to verify the price of gold before purchase and have the coin appraised for authenticity at a nearby coin shop .

The video showed that, one by one, each person was not interested in buying gold and refused the offer. There seemed to be an element of them feeling "this must be too good to be true" when approached by someone selling gold so cheaply. However, even as the coin gleamed in the sun, looked legitimate, and each person was offered the opportunity to verify the coin's value before buying gold, every single person walked away from the opportunity to make $1,565 selling gold in one minute.

This experiment only serves to highlight the mistrust and "head-in-the-sand" mentality that the media we are exposed to seems to foster. We are allowed to anesthetize ourselves through any number of media diversions labeled "entertainment," when very little of it reflects reality in any genuine or helpful way. From Kim Kardashian's "wedding" to other supposedly real Hollywood unions that seem to be mainly for publicity rather than good old fashioned love and commitment, the public is being duped and seduced in a myriad of ways.

Sadly, if we don't wake up soon and snap out of the spell the media has us under, we'll never be able to capitalize on the "gold coins" of opportunity all around us.

How many have you missed today?

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