American Idol: Who Cares Who Won it?

So Kris Allen won American Idol season 8, amidst a sea of media hype rapidly followed by a rich helping of good old controversy. And?

Let’s face it, the media hype will be sure to continue for a little while longer to milk the last dregs from the story. The controversy over whether the entire final was rigged will I’m sure continue to rage for as long as anyone still cares to listen. Then one fine singer will embark upon a probably successful career as a singer and the rest of us ordinary folk will get back to our daily lives.

Its the same with anything the media (in this case television) throws at us. Put on a show and fill it with all the right ingredients to get as many people watching as possible, for which said TV station will make a substantial fortune from all the advertising revenue it generates. Its not even a gamble any more, because TV psychologists know exactly which buttons to press to get an already primed public to tune in and lap it up. Such is this incredible power, that they’ve got millions of people glued to their sets to watch absolute crap and not only that but they think they actually enjoy watching it. Not because they think that for themselves, of course. They’re already pre-primed to think it.

Television has got the world brain washed and it beggars belief that so few people actually realise it!

How else can a TV show such as that which spies on a bunch of people off the street living together in a “house” and doesn’t include a single actor pull in millions of viewers? People sit glued to their TV sets for hours watching shows like Big Brother and its several voyeuristic clones people argue with each other about trivial garbage. Then they go to work the next day and sit around gossiping about what those morons on the show argued with each other about the previous night.

Hello? Do you have a life?

Apparently not. It would be sad indeed if a group of people could lead such empty lives as to have nothing better to do than to watch mindless crap on the TV then talk about it amongst themselves all day. But what is even sadder is that its not just a small group of people. Its millions! It would be sad enough if it were just Americans, who, lets face it, as a nation are slaves to their TVs. But its creeping all over the world! The UK, Australia, Europe, Asia (yes they all have their own “reality” show clones).

¬°Dios Mio! Has the world gone mad?

Can you imagine if Hitler had had access to this kind of power over people when he decided to have a go at conquering the world? He already knew the principles of mass suggestion and used it with frightening success with his propaganda machine. But had he been able to enslave not just his own nation, but every other in the world using the power of modern TV, the Third Reich would probably never have had to have shot a single bullet.

Hitler could have got the whole world to lay down on their backs and lift their legs in the air for him to rub their grateful bellies.

Is that a frightening thought?

Is it too fantastic to believe ot could ever happen?

Is it any more fantastic than getting several million people to not only watch, but think they’re enjoying watching a bunch of people in a studio house doing mundane stuff?

Is the light bulb coming on yet?

Mmmm. So next time you get into a heated argument with someone over what happened on the TV last night, stop yourself for a second and think it through. Ask yourself how much does it matter to your life to get angry about something you watched on TV that isn’t even real life. And something that cannot, now or ever, really affect your life in any way, shape or form.

If you still think it does, then congratulations, you have been successfully brainwashed and have given up your right to free thought.

If you think that I’m talking rubbish, then the brainwashing is more complete than you’ll ever be able to realise, because when you can’t think for yourself, you are thinking for someone else. Such as your TV masters who control your life and tell you what you need and what to buy and where to buy it from.

For the insignificant minority who know exactly what I’m talking about, there’s not much point in fighting it because its only a matter of time before scientists figure out a way to implant a TV chip inside everyone’s brain so we can never switch the damn thing off…

Then we’ll all be gibbering insignificant monosyllabic verbal effluent about whether a bloke that we know as Dave, if that’s his real name, is going to really tell a girl who calls herself Anne, if that’s her real name, that he thinks she’d look better in the little red dress rather than the little black dress…

And we’ll all care so much about who did or didn’t win American Idol, because our lives would be so pathetically empty without it… sob… sob…

Now lets see how many irate comments I get from the brainwashed masses…

Terry Didcott