If you doubt the reach and influence of mass media on our psyches and belief systems, click here for an easy and quick visual overview: “The 6 Companies That Own (Almost) All Media”, (in America, as an example), and the multitudes of big name companies they own that feed millions of people their news and entertainment. *Note, some of the information in the article may be outdated, but it’s to give you the idea.
And after you’ve had a look,.. Do you imagine that each of these six media conglomerates are offering a wide and variant point of view? Or rather, do they offer a single point of view, each time with a different spin and spread over many media outlets to express the same ideology and intent? In corporate culture, the system is based on “top to bottom” hierarchy and policy. So the ideology and intention at the top of the media chain trickles from a handful of people downward to influence the minds of millions. (And the next thing to ask yourself is, who then is directing the people at the head of the media conglomerates?)
We cannot be autonomous, free-thinking individuals who rule our own thoughts and beliefs unless we:
1. Apply discernment to what information sources we give our conscious attention to,
2. Apply critical thinking to information we take in, rather than just accepting it at face value,
3. Commit to decoupling from media channels that knowingly apply negative subconscious programming, and,
4. Combine thoughtful analysis with our feeling awareness of the truth.
Questions to Ask Yourself About the Daily News
The daily news affects our thinking, our emotions, and ultimately our collective belief system. Have you ever taken an objective look at it and asked yourself these kinds of questions:
1. “How much do I rely on just one media source for information on current events?” (One point of view.)
2. “Who owns the media I follow, and what intent lies behind the particular slant or viewpoint in the content they are presenting to me?”
3. “Do I accept information I am receiving as ‘fact’ without question?”
4. “What kinds of beliefs are being reinforced by the media content I am taking in? Do they project an expansive world of joy and possibilities, or a world of fear, control, and limitations?”
5. “How do I feel when I am finished watching or reading about the daily news?”
6. “How much is it preoccupying my thoughts and affecting my own personal sense of empowerment in the world?”
7. “Is it really serving me well to immerse myself in it day after day?”
Taking back ownership of our own minds is an important first step towards creating a new world. Our minds are powerful tools of creation, and as long as we allow them to be governed by an externally programmed, single point of view, that is all we will ever experience. What will you choose to focus your mind on tomorrow? Mass media’s projection of the world, or you own autonomous, creative and expansive vision of it?
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