This is an interesting picture book that documents the introduction of television into the home.
I felt a sense of horror as I approached the end of the book.
I had the perspective of a man living 70 years later and seeing the smoking wreckage of Post-America.
For god's sake, the Washington Post just reported that the "President of the United States" will be working against his own sworn oath to uphold the Constitution by using the United Nations to destroy the Second Amendment.
I knew that the people who commissioned these glorious illustrations of an idyllic America were planning on using television itself to completely destroy it. The television was crucial to colonizing the Western mind, which to be honest, was pretty easy to completely take over and control. This is the reason it was so critical to steal the invention from Philo Farnsworth and bring it to California so the thief could mass produce it without paying anybody any royalties.
When you see the whole arc of the 70 years in this book, you can really see the grotesque nature of this plan as it unfolded.
Television, amongst other things, reinforces and creates hierarchies which otherwise might not exist. (Jerry Mander's FOUR ARGUMENTS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF TELEVISION) Modern people believe the people they see on television are more important than they are. They believe they have lives that are more relevant and more fulfilling than their own. They believe that only people on television know what is going on. After all, they are on television.
Watching Jim Carey in that amateurish and unfunny propaganda sort of brought it home to me. The mockery. The scorn. The hatred for all things normal. The hatred for the family. The hatred and murderous rage towards children and infants. The sneering at every sacred thing, as if there were no sacred things and never could be. I just had this image of this violent, bloody demon rending and tearing with his teeth at everything human in the most appalling rage and insane jealousy of people who manage to find some small degree of comfort and happiness in life. Television holds out this life like a carrot on a stick even as television erodes the chances and destroys the social underpinnings of this life, making it an impossibility. Television induces hatred of all things good and beautiful and true and worth preserving. It induces a hatred of the urge to preserve things.
It's evil, that box. Really evil. It is the prince and the power of the air. Scripture got it right again. Speaking as an atheist, scripture is always right. Scripture can say in one sentence what it takes 70 years to figure out.
Evil as it is, it can barely compare to the people behind it, who are truly monstrous human beings. Wolves in sheep's clothing if ever the metaphor applied anywhere.