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PostSubject: Influence of Media Thu May 29, 2014 9:20 pm

A point which I'm trying to get my head around, wondering if anyone has any Psychological/Psychoanalytic evidence for either way: does media influence lead to increase action or increased apathy?

Let me explain the reasons for both and hence my confusion; when consumers see something in the media (especially movies/video games)- take 'V for Vendetta' as an example- are they inspired to action (in this case revved up to be more revolutionary)? Or does the media platform act as a displacement for natural instincts (e.g. to go to war in 'Total War: Rome') and therefore lead to increased apathy?

Zizek seems to think the latter though I'm not so sure. Perhaps it depends on the individual and the media platform?

I think this idea of over-consumption and saturation in media, leading to apathy, goes hand-in-hand with the ideas expressed in Satyr's thoughts on gluttony, particularly in the monogamy thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Influence of Media Thu May 29, 2014 11:16 pm

I think sheltering environments are responsible for most of the pacifism present in modernity, especially if said environments are particularly reinforcing of certain docile behavior which they are.

Media outlets influence instincts only on a very rudimentary level. Once conflict is absent, it must be simulated behind a mimetic pretense which not only compensates for the lack of intrinsic struggle, but adds to it the subliminal edge needed to keep urges and instincts stimulated. "The medium is the message", as McLuhan says, because now survival has become a matter of making sense of what controls it, which is now the globalized transmission of information and communication at various nodal points.

It's simple to immerse oneself in the imagery of struggle or conflict, once the consequences and the costs have been eliminated such as in video games, or reduced to triviality such as on the news. It isn't that conflict is no longer part of the environment, but that it has become idealized making it a romance of human nature.
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PostSubject: Re: Influence of Media Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:45 pm

These contrived pop-media setups are embarrassingly stupid, attempting to "uncover" racism, bigotry, and "haters".
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