There are many different kinds of drugs and vices out there in the world today. Some are more dangerous than others. Some are addictive in nature and most are harmful in some way or another. However, the most toxic drug for your mindset is mainstream media. Yes, you read that right! The most harmful thing in this world that affects the way you think is the mainstream media! Let’s discuss the reasons why that is.
Mainstream Media is Irrelevant
Look at 3 of the top news sites’ headlines for today. Specifically CNN, NBC, and FOX. Ask yourself these questions, after ingesting this information, does it allow you to make better choices about your life, business or career? How does it make you feel after reading it? There are a few exceptions, but generally speaking, the information you receive from media sources is irrelevant to you. In fact, more often than not, it is toxic, depressing, and will negatively impact your mindset.
Mainstream Media is Bias
The issue with mainstream media is that it just can’t be trusted. We’ll get more into this in a minute. For now, let’s look at any controversial issue in the media. There is almost never anybody taking an objective or neutral stance. They’re either extremely for or against something. What extreme position they take depends on the platform it’s being presented on.
At the time of this writing, If you look at FOX News’ website, it states how “Illegal border crossings are down 40 percent.” As of the latest election, do you think there is a reason for someone to provide a positive spin on this headline? You can find the same thing with the GOP Healthcare Plan and The Wikileaks Investigation. There will always be someone taking a biased position on controversial topics. I personally don’t believe in politics or religion as I think they are both used to manipulate the masses.
Mainstream Media is Inaccurate
More often than not, the media doesn’t get their facts straight. In fact, they are sometimes even changed to reflect their position on the matter. This is done to help solidify their story and to get you on their side. The truth is they want to shape the way we think and either confirm or sway our decision. Believe it or not, they will go as far as intentionally lying or altering their story in order to accomplish this. This article by The Economic Collapse about the 7 things about mainstream media that they do not want you to know is quite revealing. Read it if you can.
Mainstream Media is Untrustworthy
I first started to distrust the mainstream media when I was in the Military. I was assigned overseas in Bagram Airbase near Kabul in Afghanistan when a story broke about my unit. Without going into too much detail, we were told to give limited information to our families back home about the incident. The aim was to let them know that we were safe. However, a few major news outlets vastly over exaggerated the facts of what happened. Everybody back home voiced their concern about my safety based solely on the reporting of these networks. Quite frankly, this was something that was minuscule and really not a big deal.
Even though this was 13 years ago, this is no different than the reporting going on today. They lie and exaggerate the truth in order to instill fear and dependency. There is even very compelling stories of staged events to create mass panic and distraction in order to fulfill an agenda. The American Government has very deep ties to the media and it’s no secret. They typically hire crisis actors and sometimes even create altered images to digitally deceive you. Check out this article by Wakeup-world.com on digital deception. In it, it lays out several pieces of media that were digitally designed to alter the thoughts and feelings of the American public.
The honest truth is you just can’t trust the mainstream media. Back in the 80’s, there were nearly 50 companies controlling the lion’s share of the information to the public. As of today, that same information is controlled by 6 companies. Think about this for a second, 6 enormous corporations get to decide what we consume through news, music, TV, movies, radio, print media, etc. I don’t know about you, but that scares the hell out of me. If you read this article, it’ll tell you exactly who is controlling this information.
Mainstream Media is Extremely addictive
We as consumers of mainstream media are spending more and more time on electronic devices and consuming information. This much contact with something that is constructed to change the way we think or feel isn’t good for anyone. Media is designed to emotionally stimulate us. Too much emotional stimulation is scientifically proven to be addictive. We spend over 200 hours a month immersed in media and attached to our devices. We only have roughly 480 hours a month that we’re awake. Spending this much time consuming addictive material is toxic for the mind, body, and soul. There have even been several reports of people fatally injuring themselves because they were so attached to their electronic gadgets.
How Do We Regain Control Of Our Thoughts?
The first thing to understand is, all of this information is simply just an over indulgence of “programming.” To change your habits, it’s the same process as rehabbing yourself from any other addiction. Try going “cold turkey” for at least a month. Completely alienate yourself from any kind of media whatsoever. Once you’ve accomplished this, there are 3 things you can do:
3 Solutions To Rehab Your Mind
- Change negative programming to positive programming:
This is simply replacing everything that negatively affects your mind and body with something positive. Maybe instead of watching the news, you listen to a meditation or go to the gym. Instead of playing a videogame for an hour maybe take a trip to the park or the beach and read an inspirational book. Give it a try and see what happens. It will do wonders for your mood and will change your outlook overtime by making you more of an optimist.
- Cut back or completely eliminate your consumption:
Another option is to limit your media intake. People create diet restrictions for themselves all the time to stay physically healthy. It also makes sense to limit your media consumption to maintain or improve your mental health. Of course, the better option may be to cut out all of your exposure to mainstream media altogether. I made the decision to do this years ago and the difference is night and day.
- Switch to alternative sources of news
Mainstream media isn’t the only type of media out there. In fact, several sources say that government officials and media moguls have publicly voiced their frustration about “other sources of media.” The truth is out there and if you look at this article, it not only explains why there is a difference between the story you see on the news and the truth. It also gives you over 50 sources of alternative news. You can also download these same news sources as a pdf here.
The bottom line is the media is extremely addicting, untrustworthy and deceptive. Yet, the average person watches or reads the news and takes everything they see or hear at face value. These are the same people that have sold you the fabricated idea of the American Dream. Those who have learned to cut back or eliminate mainstream media from their lives are far more independent and happy than those that don’t. This article by The Guardian explains why news is bad for you. Be a nonconformist, question everything, and learn to think for yourself. You may be surprised at what you discover.
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