Have you heard of any recent job openings for Media Deprogrammers? Maybe it's too new of a positon for Big Biz to invest in at this time, but it seems like it would be a thriving occupation, considering how much President Trump is publicizing the fake news industry. If the problem is fake news, doesn't it make sense that the solution would be media deprogramming?
I consider myself to be an expert on media deprogramming, since it's worked well for me. For over 20 years I suffered from a dysfunction called "radio disease," but now I've made a full recovery. I should point out that at one time radio was a useful industry, but after corporate consolidation ruined it and now it's full of right wing psychobabble on AM and cookie-cutter boring music stations on FM, it's mostly a waste to time.
Now when I ride in my car I practice singing out loud, which is healthy since it activates both sides of the brain. It beats listening to worthless radio that warps the brain with endless repetition (an actual propaganda technique).
Media deprogramming should be considered a new industry fueled by bloggers who have worked in the industry, such as myself, and know it's a lot of propaganda. People who have never worked in broadcasting but are good media analysts would be appropriate as well. I'm writing this on March 24, 2017, so we'll have to use this piece as a time-marker for when I came up with the idea for media deprogramming as its own industry.
When I Google searched "media deprogramming industry" today, nothing relevant came up that associated with the intent of my keywords. There was a link to a publication that mentioned health professionals in the "deprogramming industry" but nothing about a "media deprogramming industry" that pays people to free people's minds from media programming.
Why Do Big Losers Get To Control Radio?
For those people who still think it's ok that a short list of financially floundering corporations get to borrow endlessly from banks are possibly due for a mental health check-up. The radio biz is billions in debt, which adds to the strain on the overall economy. Recently Entercom borrowed tons of cash (despite already being deep in debt) to buy out CBS Radio. Their stock spiked for a few weeks on the news then limped again, probably since it's another bad idea that isn't going to help the dying industry. Radio isn't run by visionaries anymore, just corporate types who obviously don't have new ideas.
The Challenge for Deprogrammers
The biggest challenge that a "media deprogramming industry" may face is that most people are comfortable with mass media mind control. Even if they don't think of it that way, as most people don't like to admit they've been fooled, especially on a regular basis, there are plenty of marshmallow brains comfortable with absorbing hundreds of channels by the same big five TV network corporations and a few radio chains of fools. Of course, the real agenda of any big media source is advertising, which ultimately compromises the programming. If advertisers don't like certain content and threaten to pull out, chances are the content will be modified to suit their tastes.
Why Online Advertising Needs Radical Reorganization
At one point Google was sitting pretty as the 2-kids--in-a-dorm website that skyrocketed to #1 on the internet like a classic underdog small biz classic. Google actually helped small businesses forget about traditional radio & TV advertising, which became too expensive in the late 90s, by creating a platform that delivered affordable advertising. Then we found out from lawsuits that a lot of the billions they make is from click fraud. Now in March 2017 Google's sister site YouTube is under fire as big advertisers boycott them for allowing racist video hosts to profit off ads. Some of the big players that have suspended advertising until the issue is resolved include: Microsoft, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Co, GM, JP Morgan Chase, GE, Johnson & Johnson, GSK and others.
Alphabet, owner of Google and YouTube, is frantically working on a solution, but as usual, they base their solutions on algorithms instead of human analysts. Good luck, techies, at trying to convince us artificial intelligence is the answer to everything in 2017. So far it's just added up to artificial stupidity.
What's incredibly annoying about YouTube ads for me is that the model is worse than interruptive TV or radio advertising. At least on traditional media you get about 10 minutes of content before it dumps into a barrage of lousy commercials. Then again, the masses aren't complaining about it because they've accepted this outdated time-wasting system as normal. The advertising would work a lot better, at least for me, if the pop-up banners were outside the video, plus at least had some association with the content.
It's Not Just All About Trump
The reason we need a media deprogramming industry isn't just because Trump doesn't agree with publications and networks that exaggerate his flaws. It's not just because Fox News has a horrible reputation for promoting misinformation or MSNBC's Rachel Maddow led viewers on a wild goose chase that culminated in a nothing burger (as comedian Jimmy Dore says) over Trump's tax returns, released in March 2017. The problem goes much deeper than a few incidents or even a flood of propaganda surrounding the 2016 presidential election between two very unpopular candidates.
What people need to do more than anything these days is question the media and hold it more accountable. Not all media is warped, but most of the mainstream media has fallen hard in credibility. The Washington Post, once a great informative investigative news source that brought down corrupt prez TrickyDick Nixon, has now sunk to the sewer with its emotionally-charged slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness." That would be a great slogan for a commentary rag, but not an objective news publication. Mainstream media needs a massive overhaul and so does the critical thinking skills of its audience.
That's why media deprogramming would be a great industry. Just a thought to be keep in mind. Facebook and other tech firms are trying to solve the problem of fake news with software that detects conflicts with AP, but even AP has lost a lot of credibility in recent years. We really need trained media professionals who have studied the industry, its history and influence to emerge as the healers of the damage caused by media propaganda and PR agencies that distort reality.