Is the American Mass Media (A.M.M) today presenting a true picture of its own society? (Part II)

With very few exceptions, American Mass Media today, and especially American television, provides its American audience and people beyond its national borders with very little substantial information concerning the elementary parts making up the mosaic or puzzle of what America is today.

First and foremost, if one is to examine and project a realistic picture of what American society truly represents in all its phacets and dimensions, one has to make a comparative analysis between what predominates socio-culturally or socio-politically in the U.S.A. and what in other societies or nation-states. The A.M.M., and especially what comes out of Hollywood describe or define to a large degree human events, human behaviors and human values as if they are universal and common to every human society on earth. The best way to demonstrate this perversion is by examining the most basic type of human communication which occurs between individuals in their every day affairs, and how A.M.M. has been able to distort it but to also impose this distortion on the way Americans actually behave and communicate with each other. For example, if you have lived in southern Europe or in the Middle East, you can recognize that every day simple human conversation is a rich and a multidimensional experience with a lot of real human inputs such as emotion, thought, self-esteem, empathy, mutuality, contradictions, self-knowledge, ect.

All these human inputs are essential and critical for a dialectic process which not only allows for the constructive and creative development of the human personality but it also permits for a healthier and a more unified and harmonious society. If we now visit the U.S., or if we meet American tourists in our travels, we immediately recognize a type of verbal expression and verbal communication which sounds very similar to a written script from a T.V. show, a Hollywood movie, or a “reality show”. There are “punch lines” most of the times, conversations are very short, there is very little eye contact or real body contact, while real emotions are hidden behind high pitched sounds and drastic body movements. You have the sense that nobody is really listening to each other, just putting on a performance for themselves. This type of non-reciprocity in the exchange of real emotions, substantive ideas and inspirational challenges, has produced a passive and fickle individual where the human factor counts only as an active recipient of simplistic social roles and an easy consumer of expendable goods.

This type of human character has been promoted very effectively by the A.M.M. and it is this persona that predominates American society today. How many times have you seen, read or heard this type of accurate and discriminating analysis being formulated by the A.M.M., even though it reflects a representative description of an essential dimension of American civilization and American every day social activity. A.M.M. is so sophisticated and overwhelming world wide, and this with the cooperation of powerful elite groups in many nation-states, that the model of the superficial, gullible, passive and faceless human being has slowly become the prototype in many societies around the world, even those societies which claim that they have long and rich histories and cultures, such as the French society, the Iranian society, the Japanese society or even the Chinese society. Everything now seems like a nightmarish Stephen King script from Hollywood where the “cultural” globalization of the A.M.M. is turning human beings into zombies guided by inhuman and unnatural forces which have little respect for the sanctity of life itself. “Virtual Reality” is slowly replacing “life”.