By Isabella Brand
"As a race, we make the mistake of thinking that the news is there to keep us informed when, in reality, the news now exists just to keep us panicked."
In the mid to late 1800s, Charles Darwin proposed, after years of study, the idea of survival of the fittest. As most people will know, this was the suggestion that organisms best adjusted to their environment are the most successful in surviving, reproducing, and progressing as a species. But I think if you look carefully, you can quite easily link it to today’s climate across the whole world.
We live in a very stay scared, stay tuned society (I’d like to say I coined that phrase but I actually nicked it from a song title by Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls) but I don’t think you can put it more accurately than that. Survival of the fittest didn’t just revolve around stronger species surviving and weaker ones dying out, or the changing of the landscape around them, it relied on fear and a constant state of dread in order to evade demise. Weaker species had to live in such a state in order to survive, and always be on edge because there was a constant threat of danger from other species and a variation of changes going on around them. And unfortunately, it is easy to see the parallels today when looking at the media and the way in which it is all portrayed, but there’s just one difference: fear is no longer a necessary state in order for a safe, continued existence.
As a race, we make the mistake of thinking that the news is there to keep us informed when, in reality, the news now exists just to keep us panicked. The news, amongst most modern media forms, has evolved into something that is simply a device put in place to keep us all anxious and reliant, obedient even. And until we can break that cycle of existential, conscious dread, we’ll be stuck. We’ve gotten to the stage where there are two types of people; those that will succumb to the well-oiled machine the government and media outlets have in place and those that will stand up against it.
In today’s era, we absorb information more than ever before. It is everywhere. On the streets, inside our homes and in the shops. On average, after combining pictures, videos, articles, papers etc, we reach a volume of 34 Gigabytes of information per day. For comparison, the standard storage on a smartphone is 32gb or 64gb, and that’s with the assumption that you will have that phone for a while, normally a few years. So if we were smartphones, we would be completely full up of information after just two days, unable to absorb any more data or ideas. Due to the way we receive information, our physiology has changed. Social media and the Internet have been shown to shorten our attention spans. The younger generations that are immersed in receiving news and information via digital media find it more difficult to read books for long periods of time, and often skim articles online rather than reading every word. So this means that they'll take in bold, simple words without necessarily exploring the topic, allowing the MSM to create whatever image they want in the minds of thousands. The younger generation also has more malleable brains so it is easier to target them. The question is, where will it go from here? Everything is advancing so ridiculously quickly, and I find it scary to witness as well as inadvertently and somewhat unavoidably be a part of.
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