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:
- “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.
- 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.”
- Columbia & TriStar Pictures and virtually the entire music industry from Columbia Music to BMG are all owned by Sony.
- “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.
- 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