Are we all “Dreaming In Hell” in this modern day American Culture lifestyle due to the Mass Media?


“Dreaming In Hell” song by Underground Hip-Hop Artist Benefit makes valid statements about the American Culture and its government.

 

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” ~Malcolm X

I came across this song called, Dreaming In Hell by an Underground Hip-Hop Artist named Benefit that relates to my perspective on the Mass Media. You can take this song as you like but my interpretation of Dreaming In Hell is that the Government/Ruling Class/Elite also known as the people with the Higher Power or whatever you like to refer to them as–are getting over on the people who don’t even realize it. It seems majoirty of people are too caught up in the media and propaganda espically through majoirty of our communication systems such as the Internet, cell phones, television and and so on. I believe we are being brainwashed and brains are being polluted with such as hate, discrimination, prejudice, violence and all the negaitve that goes along with it… which seems like is a plan that the superior people have in order to maintain power. I believe this is to distract people from using their own imagination and capabilities to create their own, unique powerful way of living. I believe the mass media is taking away people the LOVE and people’s strengths, their own originality and all that goes along with it due to all of the hostility that is being displayed for everyone to see repeatedly.

The current state of the news media is partially to blame for the public’s general lack of information vital for responsible citizenship in a democracy. The news media has become as aspect of show business, offering merely infotainment. It has evolved into an entity that tends to function as a public relations agency for wealthy and powerful multinational corporations, members of Congress, the current Presidential Administration including the administrations that preceded it. The news media is being utilized as a political tool of suppression and propaganda by those in power, and propaganda is psychological in nature. Full of half-truths and utter misinformation, it’s an arrogant and very commercial strategy that is implemented because it appeals to emotions, fear being the main one relentless talk of national security, personal and community safety, can trigger childhood insecurities and indoctrinated views of authority.” –Teresa Stover

Furthermore, the reason why I am blogging about this song is because as soon as I heard it, I could relate to it especially with my blog. Also, specifically I took it as if his one line saying, “Before it was too much I was beginning to choke, I started to think on my own and then I awoke,” related to my blog due to how if you think on your own and use your own imaginations and thoughts, you can create what you want with your own life. All of this media really has people so caught up in a diluted world way-of-living. I am really hoping that I can reach out to people to possibly think twice about how much mass media really plays a role in ones life. According to this article I found and highly recommend to read, “Unsurprisingly, and again consistent with a pro-coporate bias, all of the major broadcast and print media have been either directly involved in secret FTAA negotations or else had an interlocking directorate with a company that was, except for Viacom and Fox. As international trade and globalization are among the most important and newsworthy topics today, the failure to adequately inform the American people of thier own role and interest in these matters is a severe rupture of journaistic integrity” (The Mass Media & Politics: An Analysis of Influence, n.d.). Furthermore, If we are all able to avoid all the negative such as the news, commericals, reality T.V. (since majority of it is about is drama and fighting) and any other form of device that instills such negative, violent information in our brains and if we are able to think on our own with positive, healthy thoughts; I am sure our world would be more of a brighter place. Really think about it… the most popular talked about reality shows, talk shows, today’s music, and so on are all about fighting, violence and there is really no heart-felt meaning at all behind it. Take for example: Jersey Shore, Bad Girls Club, Jerry Springer Show, and so on… Even on the news, as soon as you turn it on, all that is being broadcasted is all negative forms of information. What happened to the good? I know there is a lot of good in this world so how come media is not advertising all the good that goes on throughout the world? “Mass media decision makers are overwhelmingly White, male and wealthy. It may come as no surprise, then, that the media tend to ignore the lives and ambitions of subordinate groups, among them working-class people, African Americans, Hispanics, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, overweight people, and older people” (Schaefer, 2009, p. 139).

“The media tends to report rumors, speculations, and projections as facts… How does the media do this? By quoting some “expert”… you can always find some expert who will say something hopelessly hopeless about anything.” –Peter McWilliams

Now do not let me mislead you, I am completely guilty of watching some shows that are more violent than others but I do not believe I am affected by wanting to act in an aggressive manner just by watching such derogatory shows but then again, the information is entering my brian which plays a role in the brain regardles. Television, music, books, Internet, etc… does have an influence in our lives espically if it is negative because it will bring out the aggressive, hatred, volent behavior in us. “Media content may create false images or stereotypes of these groups that then become accepted as accurate portrayals of reality” (Schaefer, 2009, p. 139). We are all brought up differently and have different backgrounds. Yet we are all humans and the Mass Media seems to basically pollute our minds thinking that one person is better than another. The  Mass Media seem to be getting more conflicting ideas and instilling it into our brains since we were all so young.

“Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.” ~B.F. Skinner

Therefore, I do believe it can have a major affect on young children. Young children are acting and imitating what they see; take it from a mother of an almost three year old. My toddler definitely imitates everything he sees and hears. Even though there are people who have a better understanding of having a choice on how to behave; these young children are still in the process of learning such behavior and these young children are our future. So we all need to make choices of what will all benefit us as people.. as a whole; especially that we are all interconnected and one.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”Albert Einstein

I wanted to bring this to people’s awareness to hopefully have people realize what is going on with the world surrounding them. “Media advertising contributes to a consumer culture that creates “needs” and raises unrealistic expectations of what is required to be happy or satisfied” (Schaffer, 2009, p. 35). I am trying to stand up for what I believe in and that is to hopefully help raise awareness about the Mass Media and the “Superior People” with all the power and try to help people realize how much the Mass Media influences us as people–as a whole. I believe we all have greater capabilites than we are aware of. I have learned that by focusing on being positive, love and peace and mediatating can help you be more tuned in with your inner self becasue it is within that that has all the true power.  Therefore, my purpose of this blog is to hopefully help people realize how much negative information is entering their minds on a daily basis which can cause them to be unaware. I am hoping to reach out to people and automatically have them tune-out any unhealthy, negative, degrading media because such information entering your brain may have an affect on your reality and your happiness and with your inner self. …Let’s create a healthier, brighter, happier, safer tomorrow and future for everyone-…and be in-tuned in with your inner self.

I would also like to hear your opinion on the government and/or media… Do you think that the media plays a role in your life? …If so, how? Is it for the better? …Or worse? Do you watch a lot of violent shows or movies? What about positive media? …Do you behave or act out the media that you let into your life? Do you do any exercise or mediation? How do they place an influence in your life? I am highly interested in your thoughts and opinions… Please comment in the comment box below. Thanks!

Listed below are the lyrics to “Dreaming In Hell” by Benefit that I found from a website. Hope you enjoy!

“[Intro] (sample) Over the city, the city that will soon be laid waste
by war, now it is still alive, biding its time. Nobody has yet come to
suspect the impending doom.
[Intro] (Benefit talking) I saw hell in a dream. I saw hell in a dream. I
saw hell in a dream, I had to wake up. Yo:
I had a dream I took a trip to hell
The devil had my people locked in a cryptic cell
Ain’t living it well, we casting unlimited spells
Shouted “freedom!” but lived in a subliminal jail
With anthrax ? ? ? the criminal males
Crack babies on welfare living to fail
How livid? detail, little kids vivid and frail
Behold a horse riding now isn’t it pale
In hell politicians will sit in a building
Getting rich off of the devils pay chill and chill grin?
Lying, it was beginning to kill them
Poisoning the minds of men, women and children
In hell i couldn’t find any natural foods to eat
chemicals in my mouth if i actually chewed the meat
Couldn’t run from the sun and the heat
And at night in hell sodomized? running the street

Cause out of the club, ecstasy,
Shouted out love, but it was empty
Emotion and never guided above
Wicked women celebrated finer joys in this doom
Put many boys in a tomb, polluted poisonous womb
The devil had me working, given me no slack
If i felt a little sad he was feeding me Prozac
Drug in my head, people worship the thugging and dead
In reality the working man is rugged instead
So wake up
Wake up (echoing) if you’re dreaming in hell X5
The devil had me thinking there was nothing I’d regret
Meanwhile pulling me deep in a fiery pit
Spending oil when they needed to ban it
Killing off living life as they heated the planet
In hell the intelligent will trap the silent
The projects will fill with crack and violence
The devil was controlling what the media played
The radio was all about getting greedy and paid
The music was weak, the ignorant were choosing to speak
Pimps and prostitutes were abusing the street
The people were all thinking with invisible brains
In hell slaves walk with invisible chains
Turning on the television to be sold a lie
Knowing something wasn’t right but not beholding why
Palestinian children and babies with guns
Burst firebomb flames throwing? Arabian suns
The devil had greedy politicians igniting war
The population wont even know what they’re fighting for
Dead bodies laying in he mud and soil
Innocent lives lost trading their blood for oil
Kids in the street dying, right to the sick?
This dream was fast becoming a nightmare quick
Before it was too much I was beginning to choke
i started to think of my own
And then i awoke
Wake up (echoing) if you’re dreaming in hell X4”

References:

Schaefer, R., T. (2009). Sociology: A Brief Intorduction. (8 Eds.). McGraw Hill: Boston.

The Mass Media & Politics: An Analysis of Influence. (n.d.). The Mass Media & Politics: An Analysis of Influence. Retrieved June 6, 2011, from http://www.progressiveliving.org/mass_media_and_politics.htm

Lyrics found:

http://www.lyred.com/lyrics/Benefit/unreleased/Dreaming+In+Hell/

~“Believe in yourself and you can create what you want.”

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