Is The Mainstream Media The Matrix?

Tech_Wallpaper_by_tennsoccerdrMichael Snyder, Contributor.

Do you believe that you really think for yourself? Did you come up with your attitudes, opinions and beliefs on your own, or are they continually being shaped and molded by someone else? Could it be possible that you and everyone around you is actually hooked into a real life version of “the matrix” that is constantly defining your reality for you?

Sadly, the truth is that almost all of us have willingly hooked ourselves into a colossal media system that literally tells us what to think. In the United States today, the average American watches 153 hours of television a month. We also spend huge amounts of time watching movies, surfing the Internet, reading books and magazines, playing video games and listening to music. Many Americans are so addicted to being “connected” that they will actually become physically uncomfortable if they are at home and there is total silence.
Unfortunately, as I pointed out in a previous article, somewhere around 90 percent of the “information” that we are allowing to be endlessly pumped into our heads is owned by just 6 gigantic media corporations. So could it be possible that the thousands of hours of “news and entertainment” that you are allowing these gigantic corporations to fill your head with each year is having an effect on you? Does the mainstream media have more control over you than you ever dreamed possible? If you want to continue on in blissful ignorance, stop reading now, but if you want to take “the red pill”, keep on reading because the further down the rabbit hole you go, the stranger that things get.When you go to work or to school in the morning, what is everyone talking about?Usually, people are talking about something that they saw on television or that they heard about in the news.

In our society today, the limited interactions that we do have with other people are usually defined by our mutual connection to the media. The mainstream media literally defines for us what is important and what is not. If the mainstream media does not talk about something, then it simply does not matter.

I don’t know how many times over the years I have heard someone tell me some version of the following statement: “If that was true we would have heard about it on the news.”

Has anyone ever said something similar to you?

The funny thing is that most of the time I won’t even mention something important that I may have heard in one of my articles unless I can back it up with a “mainstream source”, and I don’t even trust the mainstream media.

I know that the mainstream media often distorts the facts and often tells outright lies, but I regularly link to them because that gives my articles more “credibility” in the eyes of those that are still fully hooked into the matrix.

In a world where the big media corporations have so much power, is there any hope for us?

As long as the big corporations that control the media are dominating and controlling the conversation, is there any chance that there will ever be a mass awakening among the American people?

Our young people seem particularly addicted to being constantly “connected” to the media matrix that is being constructed all around us.

The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article by Daniel Taylor

According to a 2010 LA Times report, young people spend on average 53 hours a week watching TV, playing video games, and sitting at the computer.

Facebook users spend about 15 hours a month on the social networking site.

People are walking – and driving – blindly while texting, sometimes walking into fountains and even falling off cliffs.

Wow – our young people spend more than 200 hours a month connected to the mainstream media?

But we only have about 480 waking hours a month to work with.

If they are being exposed to that amount of continuous propaganda, what hope do our young people have?

In the old days, kids actually played with each other in the streets and adults actually left their homes to interact with one another.

But these days we spend nearly all of our time sitting passively in our homes staring at flickering screens.

Is that a sign of a healthy society?

We were created to be social creatures. We were designed to love and to be loved. But these days people “love” their favorite sports teams or they “love” their favorite television shows but we have an increasingly difficult time having real relationships with each other.

Meanwhile, the global elite rely on the mainstream media to keep us distracted and to control the boundaries of public discourse. Most of the time, the mainstream media focuses on the latest celebrity scandal or the latest dogfights between the Republicans and the Democrats and they systematically ignore many of the more important things that are taking place out there.

Let me just give you one example of how the mainstream media shapes the news. For decades, there was almost a complete and total media blackout on the Bilderberg Group meetings that happen every year. Top newspaper executives from the United States would actually attend these meetings, but then their newspapers would not say a single word about them.

If anyone out there did bring up “the Bilderberg Group”, they were dismissed as wacky “conspiracy theorists” and were told that it simply does not exist.

Of course now we all know that it does exist, although the mainstream media in the U.S. still mostly ignores it. In fact, this has been by design. The following is what David Rockefeller is alleged to have said during a Bilderberg Group meeting back in 1991…

We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. … It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.

Even today, many prominent “journalists” in the U.S. mock people when they bring up the Bilderberg Group. For example, Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC says that he is “way too lazy” to look into the Bilderberg Group and that he “doesn’t know about it, so it must not exist”.

For much more on the connection between the mainstream media and the global elite, please see this article: “Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings“.

Instead of telling us what is really going on in the world, the mainstream media keeps us endlessly distracted. The following are just a few of the headlines that can be found on the front pages of major mainstream news sites right now…

-College student creates condom delivery service

-Michael Douglas is feeling ‘good’

-Golf tournament delayed by kangaroos

-Rock ‘n’ roll hamburger experience

-Lady Gaga cancels tour, set for surgery

Wow – those are some examples of some really hard-hitting journalism right there.

So why do most Americans continue to fall for this nonsense?

Sadly, part of the reason is because we have become so “dumbed down” as a society.

Recently, the Guardian conducted an evaluation of the reading level of every State of the Union address in U.S. history. What they found is that Barack Obama’s State of the Union addresses have had the second lowest reading level average in history, and that in general the reading levels of the speeches have been significantly declining over time.

But it is not just our presidents that appear to be getting stupider. The truth is that our public education system is a total joke at this point. Many of our high school students are as dumb as a rock, and if you can believe it, 23 percent of all Americans cannot even read beyond a fourth-grade level.

Of course the elite are quite pleased with this, because a stupid public is a public that is easier to dominate. When a large segment of the population can barely read and is accustomed to letting others do their thinking for them, it becomes easier to lie.

For example, on Thursday Paul Krugman of the New York Times made the following statement

Growing dependence on government is mostly a myth.

Of course most of you that are reading this know that is a flat-out lie. The charts in this articleclearly show that the number of Americans on food stamps is at an all-time high and the percentage of the population that is on food stamps is at an all-time high.

Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a household that got money from the federal government each month, Now, an all-time high 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives money from the government each month.

For many more stats and charts that demonstrate the stunning growth of government dependence, please see this article and this article.

Sadly, the truth doesn’t seem to matter too much to the media these days. The mainstream media tends to be incredibly arrogant, and most of the time they don’t even pretend to be “objective” or “neutral” anymore.

Fortunately, more Americans than ever are becoming dissatisfied with the mainstream media and are starting to seek out alternative sources of information. According to a recent Gallup poll, the level of trust that the American public has in the mainstream media is now at an all-time low.

So perhaps there is hope after all.

What do you think?


Sources :

  1. The Economic Collapse Blog
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26 Responses to Is The Mainstream Media The Matrix?

  1. Hopefully, there is always hope. Nothing lasts forever, neither this system.

  2. Yes it is. The way I see it, this has been their plan all along. Everyone is so into themselves and plugged into all the lies the media is feeding them so they don’t pay attention to the big picture going on around them. I see it and I know I’m not alone so I’m hoping for the best. IDLE NO MORE people. Time to wake up!!!!!

  3. Let’s face it. They may be evil but they’re f**king GENIUSES!!!!

  4. I stopped watching TV especially the news about 15 years ago and have never bought a news paper either. I believe if you are not programing yourself then you are being programed by others. I do however spend lots of time on the web but only so I do get the real info on things that interest me.
    For the life of me I could ever figure out what there was worthwhile to watch on mainstream TV.

  5. Pocos , muy pocos se dan cuenta de que esta matrix existe ,esta formada no solo por el condicionamiento de los medios masivos de comunicación, sino por el cultural,social, ideológico , religioso,..y viven en el sueño de la inconsciencia.
    gracias por este articulo. Michael!!

  6. And why do you think that same media fills our heads with death and violence. So that we will lock our doors and keep our children from wandering out into that death trap of a world all the while their brains are further distorted into a product of the corporation’s agenda.

  7. I agree that there is hope and populace-empowering change afoot. Humbly-offered advice for alternative information seekers would be to detach from the MSM yet still pay attention to it; alongside new (and ever-changing) sources. Also, get comfortable with complexity (matrix-ness) and do your best to discover the systemic nature of what is “wrong” with the world. Then, as each new facet is understood, choose to participate in it less and less to whatever degree is feasible for you. All the while, express healthy love, compassion, kindness and consideration toward others, and genuine optimism toward the state of the world. The powers-that-be hate that. Peace!

  8. I don’t know what to think..it’s all so pitiful – but I think our young generation isn’t buying it anymore…they are stepping out and up in spite of all the lies and bull!

  9. “Did you come up with your attitudes, opinions and beliefs on your own, or are they continually being shaped and molded by someone else?” Michael, the religion you so strongly follow does the same thing!

  10. Like a never ending Hurricane, it feels like we must button down the hatches and prepare for our opportunity to change the world. There are too few of us yet, we don’t wield any power in the conventional sense. Armed conflict and violence is not the path. Education, sacrifice and self empowerment seem to be the best option. Get your financial freedom, learn how to grow and store your own food.Learn how to use tools to build and repair your own dwellings, Get off the power and technology grid as best as possible. Life skills, life skills and more life skills !
    Cancel your vacations, stop buying anything but needs. Buy quality and keep it well maintained, never buying the same non perishable twice whenever possible. Avoid Fashion and trends, get off cell/ipad revolution. Use technology for your benefit not theirs. The internet is a treasure chest of knowledge and a moron trap. Make every decision count.

    Boycott the elite, boycott human worship, boycott mass media an their stars. Educate their followers with a firm but thoughtful helping hand.

    • making people leave all the new technologies and avoid trends will be the most difficult thing ever..trends are something we follow to feel the unity, to feel good about ourselves (because everyone else does that to). it will take something huge to change people’s perception of what is cool and what makes them feel good…

  11. I hardly ever watch TV these days. Once in awhile I’ll tune into a movie or Masterpiece Mystery, or the current Downton Abbey. But for the most part, if I want news, I’ll watch PBS or read the paper, and that’s about it. Mainstream news has become sensationalized, and I agree, settling on small stuff that isn’t newsworthy at all.

  12. Just choose your self what to read, what to think about things and remember teach your childrens critize things too..

  13. hmmmmmmmm

  14. And you can throw in sport. The US, Europe and Australia are prime examples of where sport is an enormous distraction.

  15. Starting thinking for myself was quite traumatic in the beginning i must say..

  16. I find it quite interesting that CNN, a 24 hour news channel, constantly sticks to 2-3 topics in the “news”. I literally do not care about Jodi Arias or her trial but this story is repeated over and over again. We can have news at our fingertips via the internet but most people who live in the U.S. believe that our mainstream news is the only news that is “accurate”. In these times I find it quite impossible that the stock market is up and unemployment is down which leads me to believe that YES, we are being “spoon fed” in an attempt to keep us distracted from thinking for ourselves and asking the very important questions that we should be asking our government. The media would have us focus on the childish arguments between the democrats and republicans when in fact the issue is the entire system of a corrupt government and a corrupt banking institution. We are nothing more than a number to our government and we are all born “owing” the government money just to “exist”. It’s time to wake up to the matrix and begin to question “the powers that be” in an attempt to find the Truth of all that is being hidden from us in the name of “national security” because this security doesn’t belong to the American people but to the people who “run” America.

  17. IT IS LIKE EARTH HAS A CANCER TUMOR (this Elite) THAT EVERY EACH ONE OF US AS A UNIQUE CELL MUST CURE. THIS CANCER-LIKE INFLUENCE CANNOT BE CURED IF CELLS WONT BECOME HEALTHY AND WE HAVE TO KNOW OUR POWER AS “EARTH-CELLS” TO DO THAT. EVERYONE single OF US, MATTERS. IT IS A STATE OF FACT THAT INDIVIDUAL EFFORT IS NEEDED.

  18. Sometimes, many of our opinions comes from our own experiences.

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