Reprinted from Jon Rappoport Blog
Every television newscast: staged reality
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
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Watch how tonight's Trump-Hillary debate is set up.
Are the two podiums the same size? No? Who has the bigger podium?
Is the lighting even, or are there shadows? Where do the shadows fall?
Is there blue color in the background, which exudes a "calming effect?"
How is the moderator, Lester Holt, lit? Is he spotlighted, haloed, to impart the sense that he's the ultimate authority in the room?
What about camera angles on the two candidates? Are they receiving the same coverage, or is one more prominent? Are there close-ups?
Will cameras impart a sense of distance, in order to reduce dramatic effect and give the impression that the whole event is somewhat monotonous?
Will the audience be allowed to applaud and boo, or will Lester Holt control that?
To what degree will the candidates be allowed to wander off-topic? Will the reins be tight or loose?
How much time will each candidate be given to make statements? Will either or both of them be pinched, so they can't say anything of substance?
Ah yes, substance. Context. Network news is famous for thin context:
The news is all about artificially manipulating the context of stories. The thinner the context, the thinner the mind must become to accept it. If you want to visualize this, imagine a rectangular solid. The news covers the top surface. Therefore, the mind is trained to work in only two dimensions. Then it can't fathom depth, and it certainly can't appreciate the fact that the whole rectangular solid moves through time...
Let's consider some general background on the news:
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