Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jeffrey Grupp | The Telescreen: An Empirical and Philosophical Study of the Destruction of Consciousness

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S y n o p s i s
How the mass media brainwash us with consumerism, war propaganda, false history, fake news, fake issues, fake reality. TV is an addiction, an escapist fix. The Orwellian telescreen replaces the self, the family, nature, reality, and the mind with its non-stop absurdist patter of banality, violence, and vulgarity. The Telescreen is the pervasive media screen put in front of, and injected into, the eyes and ears of humans in the American electronic techno-culture. This begins from birth, and moulds consciousness throughout life: not a genuine human consciousness, but rather is a less-than-human, despiritualized semi-consciousness. People today continually flood their consciousnesses with images and impressions from television, videogames, church, radio, billboards, textbooks, magazines, newspapers, etc.- the "telescreen world" of Orwell's 1984. The Telescreen is about how this pseudosphere destroys consciousness and society as humans give their attention, consciousness, and vital spirit to the telescreen. The result is a society of unholy subhumans, who no longer act like they have souls: They cannot turn off the telescreen world even to have dinner and talk to each other or to their children. When they do talk it is mostly about impressions from the telescreen world. Their inner subjective consciousness is constructed and formed by the telescreen, leading to a world of despiritualization and warmongering by hordes of conformist, petty, unhappy troll-like "yes-men." 
The telescreens of 1984 substituted fiction lives for the empty ones of a brainwashed population, as in Plato's cave. Grupp drives it home that this is our world now. Some features of this dream-world of The Telescreen: Materialism and consumerism make people into robots, shallow stooges. Degrading self-images, down-dumbing education of drills, not thinking skills. War propaganda fed on pure fakery and repetition by the media, censored of truth and filled with non-news, gossip and cant. Brainwashing underpinned by fallacious reasoning. Example: Iran and Iraq slandered as murderously planning to unleash WMDs, while the US really has and uses them for genocide against target nations. Information warfare: The bias of "educational" TV shows like the "History Channel." Trusted figures hired to peddle suspect messages. Journalists who stray from the party line into real issues are fired. Exploiting the herd instinct to impose conformity. Psychological tyranny is more effective than brute force. An artificial consciousness is dinned into people by constant electronic stimuli. They depend on it -- and on pharmaceutical drugs too -- for a feeling of well-being: they are addicts. Appendix -- Infowars articles: the NWO is taking over the patriot and truth movements, seemingly attacking itself. We need Jeffersonian militias, not gun control.
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Jeffrey Grupp is an adjunct lecturer at Purdue University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Purdue with an MA in philosophy from Western Michigan University, and a BA in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. His professional research specializations are Buddhism, quantum physics, and economic and political issues in philosophy. Grupp has published a dozen articles in top philosophy journals on quantum physics, Buddhism, and attacks on metaphysics. He is the originator of the mereological nihilist interpretation of quantum mechanics, which is a new interpretation of quantum physics meant to replace the largely metaphysical ones offered by Feynman and other physicists. Corporatism is his first publication on economic, anthropological, and political philosophical issues. He is also the author of The Telescreen and Telementation. 

 Jeffrey Grupp's philosophy: "I am just an ordinary person, no more special than any other person, but if you want to know what I think about things, here you go (as briefly as I possibly can put it)... I do not follow the philosophy of materialism (all reality is matter and only matter) since (1) quantum particles appear to be nonphysical (they do not have material properties, as I have written about), and since (2) direct introspective observation of mental reality reveals mind may also be nonphysical . These and other reasons not listed here appear to reveal that reality is not made of matter (this philosophy is known as immaterialism, or idealism). This indicates that reality may be much more "special", so to speak, than the average contemporary civilized human might guess, and it might give a reason for the disparate spiritual experiences people report having worldwide, past and present. 

I contend that if any person departs society and resides in unmanaged nature (the wild forest, the lonely desert, the messy swamp, the silent arctic, the transcendent beach, and so on) for some given amount of time (varies according to the person), one will have a mystical experience to some degree (such as in the way that the aboriginal generates via the vision quest). Here I use the word "mystical" as it is typically defined: the direct conscious awareness of the source of, or reason for reality. In this mystical experience, one can see and feel and experience a nonphysical and joyous "energy", "mystery", or "entity" that is "in" all things, and which delivers a happiness greater than what one has experienced prior.

This energy or entity appears to be the reason (the "sufficient reason") for the existence of physical reality (i.e., appearances), and experiencing this entity is the purpose for humans on planet earth. When they are striving for, or experiencing this holy energy or entity, humans live lives of happiness and significance and nonconfusion (as I have previously discussed); when they don't, they don't. I contend that humans are meant to feel this titanic nonphysical energy or mystery that surrounds them (through nature) than they are at attempting to develop linguistic theories about physical reality, which, in my postmodernist opinion, humans are not very successful at.

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