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The Triple-C Threat: Corporate-Controlled Consumers

The Triple-C Threat: Corporate-Controlled Consumers


“We have been deluded and blinded by our sense of ‘freedoms’ into thinking we know everything BECAUSE of our liberties. And THAT is what’s most worrying…” – Me

You all care about Beyoncé getting pregnant, or how Jay-Z finally found his 100th problem?  All of this talk in the entertainment industry…how about the hundreds of thousands of women, even young women and girls, who are raped EVERYDAY around the world and become pregnant?

That’s the primary purpose of entertainment – to divert our attention away from the realities of life.  And I’m not saying we can’t or shouldn’t have fun, but when it consumes our life and our primary concerns and priorities, then THAT is the real issue…and it has already done so and manifested itself deep within the majority of all of our societies years ago, specifically in the early 1980s here in the United States.  I generally can’t hold a conversation with anyone these days about current events, cultural/social subjects, or even politics when all they’ve done is been up to date on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s baby, Kim Kardashian’s implanted ass, or the next 16 & Pregnant episode for the past two weeks…I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s disgusting – because hey, to each his or her own – but it’s disturbing.  What’s worse is that we’ve become so consumed by these monstrosities that we are disconnected from everyone and everything in every sense of the word, all thanks to the corporate-controlled media.  We don’t care about the thousands of women who are raped every day because we are disconnected.  We don’t care about the child who dies every six minutes in Somalia.  We don’t care about the $450 price-tag of a designer belt or handbag because we are disconnected.  And above all, we not only don’t care because we are disconnected, but also we are disconnected because WE DON’T CARE.

What do I mean by “corporate-controlled” media?  And how are these corporations making money?  Let’s break it down a bit, take a look at this list for a brief example:

  1. “Fox News Channel is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a right-wing Australian who already owns a significant portion of the world’s media.  His network has close ties to the Republican Party, and among his ‘fair and balanced’ commentators is Newt Gingrich.” – I’m not sure what the current status is at this point as this was written back in 2002, but I’m sure ownership has since been transferred to someone else to keep the business running…that’s the “beauty” of corporations – virtually an infinite lifetime.
  2. NBC, A&E, “Universal Pictures, Crime & Investigation Network, and GE Aviation” are all owned by General Electric (GE), most noted for its long history of anti-union activities.
    • “GE Aviation produces critical parts for the F-14, F-15, F-16, F/A-18, F-22 and F-35 fighter (jets)” – you know, those same parts that are used to drop bombs on the innocent and besieged people of Gaza, the West Bank, and all other Palestinians, which is why you probably never hear about this in the media/news…
    • Another random side note: “Despite reporting profits in excess of $14,000,000,000, GE was able to avoid paying any taxes in 2010.”
  3. Columbia & TriStar Pictures and virtually the entire music industry from Columbia Music to BMG are all owned by Sony.
  4. “ABC, all networks under the ABC banner (such as ABC Family), ESPN, Lifetime, The History Channel (part), Touchstone Pictures, Miramax, and Marvel Studios” are all owned by Disney Corporation.
  5. CBS is owned by Viacom; Viacom owns “MTV, Showtime, Nickelodeon, VH1, TNN, CMT, 39 broadcast television stations, 184 radio stations, Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Inc.”

(Sources – http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0615-03.htm ; http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1406  ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concentration_of_media_ownership ; http://www.ifeveryoneknew.com/#p2 )

What does this mean?  This essentially translates to the fact that since all of these other corporations and businesses own these media outlets, they will of course push their products and images through them.  Period.  Because that’s the primary objective of corporations and businesses – to make profits.  NONE of them are unbiased or “fair and balanced” in ANY sense of those words simply because they cannot be when they are being paid to say or omit things.

And I’m not going to beat around the bush with this one: all of these corporations have done a fine job covering it up with jargon terms like “merging,” “buy-outs,” “assets,” “liquidations,” “net worth,” etc.  Another trait I observed was how many merges these corporations made that forms a complexly complicated web which can get very confusing very fast.  It’s no cake walk trying to research and dissect their transactions, which is why I think a lot of people seem to have no interest as it can get frustrating and complicated very quickly, such as trying to read about which company bought out another, which one partnered with which other one, who sold some shares of another, etc. – and I’ve only scratched the surface with this little bit.

So why did I bash Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, and 16-year-old mothers?  Well it leads to this question: why else do celebrities and professional athletes become wealthy?

It’s not JUST because of their skills, but because corporations and businesses can make tens of billions of dollars off of these key figures while cutting them a small portion.  Now of course, this isn’t meant to play down or even disprove the skills and gifts of these individuals – they without a doubt possess attributes which the majority of us may not have – but it is unfortunate and disturbing how corporations and businesses even look to exploit these gifted people as well.  Corporations and businesses view these people as investments from whom they can generate HUGE profits, from merchandising, such as clothing, accessories, newspapers, and magazine articles, to events and private bookings such as concerts, TV premiers, and films.  Because at the end of the day, when you’re contracted to these snakes we nonchalantly call “corporations” and “businesses,” THOSE entities, NOT the celebrities or professional athletes, are the ones who own all the rights to the material they release, and the majority of all those profits go to those snakes.  Not many celebrities or professional athletes have all these connections to people, groups or organizations that will fund them or sponsor them, which is why they go out to the bigger companies who HAVE those connections and networking capabilities.  As we all know, however, there is no such thing as a free lunch – or in short, nothing in life is for free.  So when these “gifted” individuals approach these corporations or businesses, the latter will indefinitely chain them to a contract in which they quite literally own these individuals, from everything they create to what THEY want their image to be such that it can generate maximum profits greatest to the corporations.  Again, they are walking advertisements.  When you see them walking around with a Marc Jacobs bag or Ray-Ban wafers, within the next week many people have them as well or at least talk crazily about them.

For example, have a quick listen (and I apologize for not being able to find the original interview, it’s slipped my mind at the moment) about why Immortal Technique, who has worked with music and around the corporate-controlled industries for well over 10 years, never signed his soul away to a major record label company:

IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE INTERVIEW – Talks about record labels and what it means to get signed

The media needs to be ripped from its roots and something unbiased that ISN’T paid for or lobbied for needs to be planted, because the way the corporate-controlled media is now, they (and by “they,” I mean the media) of course are only going to bend to the demands of the corporations and businesses because they are contractually bound and whose primary objective is to make us blind consumers to continually buy products we don’t need on a consistent basis.  This is made possible by not merely idolizing but by worshipping these select few individuals – or celebrities – who have outrageously unbelievable amounts of wealth in this world – by that, I mean our world in which 1% of the entire population owns over 40% of the planet’s wealth.  It is difficult to not envy these individuals or to not strive for the same, if not greater, monetary success or wealth; and it is difficult in general to not want to better your life or your family’s life.  The images of the celebrities  are SHOVED down our throats such that we are encouraged – or dare I say even brainwashed – to mimic and copy their luxurious lifestyles even if we don’t possess the financial capabilities by buying expensive products that these celebrities wear or use (such as designer clothing and accessories, cosmetics, high-end sports cars, huge houses – all of which, for the most part, we don’t NEED): because at the end of the day, the corporations will be making MONEY as long as you’re buying their products instead of maybe saving your money for when you might actually need it.  Celebrities and professional athletes are essentially walking advertisements.

Within the past 20-30 years, the media has quickly become bought out by various businesses and corporations thanks to increased pressure of privatization from our “friendly” businesses from none other than the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – and yes, they are just like any other business in that they are not a federal entity/branch of ANY government – and even our US government, on top of further deregulation of businesses thanks to the Bush administration.  Label or call me a conspiracy theorist, but the evidence is clearly out there that sheds light on the reality of our world, and I’ve already shared a little bit of it from the research here.  Since many of these corporations are publicly traded (aka – you’ll see their stocks, or “ticker symbol,” in the stock market/NYSE), you can find all this information on their websites.  Like I said before, entertainment is good, but in reasonable and responsible doses as well as with the larger picture at hand.  Do NOT become a corporate-controlled consumer – there does exist a world beyond your town or city that actually impacts the town or city in which you live.  It sounds cliché, but open a book a read once in a while or at least read independent articles/do a little research.  I encourage you to further research, analyze everything, and take up new perspectives.  Never take anything for face-value.  You’d be surprised at what you’d learn…

“Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretense that we are getting all the information we want.  That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth.” – Mark Crispin Miller

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Discussion

3 thoughts on “The Triple-C Threat: Corporate-Controlled Consumers

  1. This article is a masterpiece. Keep writing and speaking the truth and facts!

    Posted by Askia Hanson | September 10, 2011, 10:16 PM
  2. Finally I come round to posting my comment! (___Eternity from Twitter here by the way. I had forgotten to make the comment when I said so earlier.)

    I must say, great article. The hard work of research is clearly evident. What I love most is the clarity you’ve written it with, breaking the topic down into simple, rational coherence so even simplistic minds like mine can comprehend it! Thanks.

    I agree with all you’ve said above – about how the media “shoves things down our throats” and almost imposes a ‘way of life’ upon us. However, common folk is also to blame to an extent; they make conscious choices, and this is one they’ve made. I’ve encountered individuals with discerning intelligence who KNOW that revolving their life around such materialism is not the true purpose of life. Yet, they’d rather indulge in of those lame entertainment shows rather than do something productive. For some, I understand they do so to break free from their stress-laden life. Others have simply lost hope, motivation, or self-esteem and resort to such indulgence. But I believe feeding this indulgence is only further fueling the stress and demotivation. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s ugly out there.

    I think humans have been designed to feel good when they do good. If only good could be made as appealing to them…….

    It’s more articles and efforts like these that are needed to show them the real and ugly side of this ‘way of life’.

    Keep it up.

    Posted by ___Eternity | September 17, 2011, 3:24 AM
    • Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and thoroughly comment on it, I really appreciate your time!

      Yes I have also come across many individuals, some of whom are my good friends, who are otherwise apathetic about these issues; and although I have constantly raised many of these facts and points to them, their initial reaction is always shocked but is shortly followed by disinterest as they resume back to their lives, even with articles/blog posts such as this one. While speaking with another one of my peers the other day, however, he raised a valid point in a slightly different discussion we were having in which he said, “Some people just aren’t meant to be saved.” Now of course, I’m not trying to push these writings or information out there in a sense to literally save people from the corrupt binds of corporations, but he definitely put things into another perspective. Some people are more interested in politics and analyzing social/cultural events and details while others just simply aren’t. So in a sense, we all can only do so much because we cannot force someone to think a certain way or adapt a new set of ideals – because at that point, we’d be just as disingenuous, deceiving, and sneakily oppressive as the corporations which I mentioned here in this article. I’ve put the information here and hopefully those who are interested may find ways to make and ultimately connect this information to others (my approach here is through hard facts and evidence; others may be more tuned to emotional/moving information, if you understand what I mean).

      And just to clarify, even though we cannot force people to learn or like something in which they possess no genuine interest, it is my ultimate belief that people SHOULD be interested in these because it affects their everyday lives both directly and indirectly, both in the short- and long-term. It’s quite unfortunate how disconnected we’ve become not just with one another and our surroundings, but also with just ourselves and the essence/thought of being human and part of humanity. This Western Culture of the “American Dream” really drives people to become selfish upon unprecedented levels.

      It’s also truly sad and I understand what you mean when you said that people lose “hope, motivation, or self-esteem and resort to such indulgence.” To me, however, that’s just truly lazy and selfish. Any individual, at the very least, can invoke or spark the idea for change. It all boils down to the attitude and the way he or she CHOOSES to deal with the situation. In this case, there IS a choice: to maintain hope rather than adopt a defeatist attitude. I believe that people should try and realize that there ALWAYS is a choice – and anyone who believes there is none has lost hope and has resorted to being lazy. Being lazy in of itself is selfish in nature, if you think about it.

      If you can, please expand upon your statement “humans have been designed to feel good when they do good” if you’d like. That’s a very interesting and valid point you raise on which I’d like to comment. In regards to this article, it’s unfortunate when people literally buy into the demands these corporations and mass media outlets propagate as if they’re doing good for not just themselves but for others (especially in trying to please others)…and then as you’ve said, the cycle repeats. And it’s truly vicious…

      Again, many thanks for your comment and raising some great points!

      Posted by Kevin_NoVowels | September 24, 2011, 3:42 AM

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