Thursday, 3 July 2008
Kill Your TV
"If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain"
tv is the 21st century campfire. we stare like pandora at this endless stream of images. our reality is constructed for us and nothing exists if it does not appear on the screen. we arrange our furniture around it, we want to live inside it. we spend countless hours inert before it, mouths open, absorbing propaganda, being subtly shaped by visions of places we will never go, objects we will never own, people we will never meet. we watch distant wars and it doesn't mean anything. it's pyrotechnics for the empty soul.
we are told what to wear, what to eat, what to think, and we believe every word. a sign of our success is how big our tv is. the bigger it is, the better it can suck us in, and the more we can be immersed in this imaginary world and leave reality behind. we can surf the endless alpha wave forever. we no longer need to think for ourselves, we can passively accept what we are spoon-fed, information that serves an agenda we are too hypnotised to understand.
we no longer need to be entertained by sky or trees or birdsong, we can just stay in one lonely room and experience everything, safe inside our concrete coffins. we can disconnect from each other, cease to interact on any meaningful level whilst our words lose their power, become abbreviations on a screen. we can no longer separate truth from fiction; our eyes and ears are deceived by the hypnagogic rush. those airbrushed eyes and lips and breasts! we start to believe that our bodies are imperfect and ugly, we feel self-conscious and weak. we worship the skeleton rising up through the skin and those starving black babies on the screen, at least they're thin!
we are sold dreams while our imagination withers, we watch other peoples lives whilst forgetting our own. we pray for our 15 minutes of fame so we can prove we really exist. and while we wait, the cameras creep in and CCTV gives us an eternal life we never thought possible, millions of faces, captured forever in the glare of the all-seeing eye.