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Media-Drugged Zombies

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According to a Nielsen study, the average American adult consumes 10:39 hours of electronic media per day in 2016, up a full hour from 2015. Each year, it increases. At 13:17 hours, blacks expose themselves to the most, with Asians the least at 5:31 hours.

During many cross-country train trips, I've always noticed that the calmest and most content people in the lounge car were the Amish, those with no cravings for electronic media. Their children, in particular, were always impressively serene. Instead of hunching over a private movie, or being plugged to detonating beats that irritated everyone nearby, the Amish enjoyed each other's company. Not wedded to gadgets, they bantered or sat in silence while contemplating this earth, unfurling outside the window.

Minus sleep and work, you only have about eight hours for all other activities. If someone spends all his available time watching TV, listening to music or staring at his stupid phone, he'll act and react according to his programming, wouldn't you think?

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After Trump won the presidency, young Americans all over the country hit the streets in protest. High school students walked out of class en masse to march. Colleges organized counseling sessions and even cry-ins. It's quite telling, this uniform dismay. Schools indoctrinate, and colleges teach you how to self-censor.

The revulsion towards Trump is strongest among those with little to no work or life experience. Just about everything they know about the world has been programmed into them by electronic media. Their entire lives, from how they stand or walk to their barely audible interior monologues, are molded by electronic media. Their skulls are electronic media echo chambers.

If it's cool, they're hooked. Who cares about contradictions? In 2012, Lady Gaga visited Julian Assange at his de facto London prison. In 2013, she performed at an inaugural ball for Obama's campaign staff. Gaga is also a long-time supporter of the Clintons. Gaga's fans, then, can admire her for siding with both Assange and his vicious persecuters. Hillary on Assange, "Can't we just drone this guy?"

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Doped up with songs and slogans, the media-drugged can't even register contradictions in real time.

In 2011, the Clintons threw a bash for themselves at the Hollywood Bowl. With an all-star lineup, the Decade of Difference Concert celebrated their tremendous role in improving the world. No doubt thinking of NAFTA, Kenny Chesney sang "Beer in Mexico."


Starin' out into the wild blue yonder
So many thoughts to sit and ponder
'Bout life and love and lack of
And this emptiness in my heart


Dude should have changed "heart" to "pocket," and his song's title to "Job to Mexico."

Lady Gaga had no problems tailoring her lyrics. Thus, her "Bad Romance" became "Bill Romance":


Caught in a Bill romance
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a Bill romance
Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga oh-la-la!
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I want your ugly
I want your disease
I want your everything
As long as it's free
I want your love
Love-love-love
I want your love


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In the audience, Bill, Hillary and Chelsea beamed.

Gaga's "You and I" included this bit:


There's something about this place
Something about America
When a Clinton makes us all feel safe
Something about a cool Arkansas guy


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Linh Dinh's Postcards from the End of America has just been published by Seven Stories Press. Tracking our deteriorating socialscape, he maintains a photo blog.

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