Friday, November 20, 2009

Media Literacy

The trend is alarming - the media is concentrating in fewer and fewer hands every day it seems. And the owners are the same big guys who chum around on boards and in secret clubs with the big money industries that get all the favorable press coverage.

The influence on our information consumption is ghastly. And we have to wake up to that.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Media Literacy.

Well, maybe for you this report will be old news. I have the distinct impression that you who listen to Thinking with Somebody Else's Head are not unconscious consumers of media. You look around, you seek out the alternative views, you pay attention to dissident points of view and you don't buy in to the bill of goods they're trying to sell us in what passes for most news coverage these days.

But maybe there'll still be some statistics here to surprise you. I hope so anyway, because I believe that this issue of media influence, like political influence, being driven by the most powerful lobby groups and the dominant profit makers in our savagely capitalistic world, is one of the fundamental issues of our time.

However, media criticism is as thick as the blackflies a Lake Manitou in Northern Ontario. And anyone with any capacity for independent thought knows enough to be somewhat wary. Still I don't think many people know the enormity of the problem yet. And here again, Dr. Norberto Keppe's science of Analytical Trilogy can provide an insightful and in-depth analysis.

I was explaining in a recent teleclass how North America is a perfect breeding ground for the vast expansion of the military-industrial-pharmaceutical complex, which has taken root so strongly in no small part because of substantial spreading of its message by a mercenary and controlled media. The entrenchment of this destructive joint cartel has been possible in North America and around the world in varying degrees because of a psychological condition called "exteriorization."

And this means the tendency to see our problems outside. If our disease comes from germs, we need the drug companies, who prey on that fear to make outrageous profits and sell vaccines and drugs by the ton. If the problem is terrorists, we need huge military spending to protect ourselves from those fanatics lurking behind every closed door. So we North Americans are a perfect market for selling things to protect us from the outside.

Keppe's work is truly psychological in returning the human being to the true source of our difficulties and solutions: inside the psychological life of the human being. And by doing that, our society begins to change, too, and reflects this more mature interiorized wisdom.

This, I can assure you, is being understood here in Brazil better than in any philosophical or spiritual or psychological orientation in the world today. As always, I'm available to steer you in the right direction if you'd like to learn more. for your comments and questions.

Today, media professional Susan Berkley joins me from New York to improve our media literacy.

Click here to listen to this episode.

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