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Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite
There have been countless conspiracy theories presented, and this book attempts to bring them to the public eye, to make readers aware of the insidious agendas behind television commercials and news, advertising campaigns, and even political campaigns. I learned a lot from The Real Truth Behind the Media and you will too. Jason Knapper has provided a good overview of some programs to be aware of as you navigate life, to keep your identity and your health and safety intact. Television programs may be selected or not selected based on whether they promote a homosexual lifestyle for instance, or unwed motherhood, or goth counter cultures, or whatever will get people to watch in a particular time period rather than get out and make the world better. Television in particular is rather mind numbing and Knapper even makes the case that this is the reason networks use the word "programming," as if the shows are somehow influencing viewers to choose some lifestyle, war, or political agenda. And perhaps they are.
Everyone knows about subliminal advertising, where a concept, picture, or message is flashed onto a screen for a fraction of a second, too quick to be noticed, but long enough to make an impact on a viewer's mind. These experiments have been going on since the 1950s when the BBC began trying this on television. Knapper maintains that these subliminal messages have been conditioning us all to perform some way that "they" want us to. Behaviors can be strongly influenced in this way to pacify and control the masses. Did you ever wonder why there is so much "entertainment" television and far less educational? This situation is improving, but even the educational programming could have an agenda set up by anyone with enough power.
In addition to subliminals, the flickering rate of television waves can also change your brain to function in an alpha state (similar to that used in meditation or daydreaming) rather than its usual waking beta state, which is more active and might entice you to get up and do something instead. The Real Truth Behind the Media, while it just skims the surface of what is probably going on out there, is enough to open one's mind and get one to think.