Originally Posted by luckychewy
it's my opinion that tv in general is used as a means to program people and it's not really that subliminal. The vast majority of those watching it are not consciously paying attention and using it as a means to 'unwind'. its been shown that the brain is less active watching tv than it is sleeping making it pretty easy for the individual to just download all the information shown to them subconsciously and replay it when in a real life situation that's similar. i equate it to when in a movie or show when i was younger, people would recite it if it was funny/well known and it would catch on for some period of time but on a grander scale. sure, there are some shows that are actually made somewhat well and acting as anything, is intriguing when performed at a level of excellence, but they are few and far between the sitcoms and reality(most portray reality in an insanely skewed way that often portrays consumerism and material wealth very positively) shows that run around the clock.
taken from random website, 'By 1949, there were a million TV sets in this country, and by 1959, there were 50 million. During the 1960s, color television became popular. In 1980, about half of all the sets in America were color sets.' like anything i'm sure there were multiple contributing factors to the sexual revolution but when you have 50 million people and counting consuming programs that probably weren't so varied at this point in time i think it's ignorant to assume they won't be affected in some way.
Not really read the whole convo, but the sociological purpose of tv is mainly to occupy, pacify and atomise people, so they dont play too active a role in society or get too organised. Not an expert on childrens tv but afaik a lot of the early classic that had lots of sexual overtones (in the uk at least) were written by ppl on a ton of drugs who probably thought it was highly amusing, although this also has the effect of widening the audience to adults as well, which smart tv people/writers probably noticed and replicated later. Of course theres a process of passive indoctrination taking place in adult shows, eg something like 24 was basically an ongoing advert for guantanamo style torture and neoliberal policy, and everytime you see a plot line featuring israel/palestine or afghanistan/iraq or whatever its obviously going to be heavily skewed.
But mainly they are just trying to make you watch adverts and sell you stuff. Im sure everyones watched ad breaks get longer (assuming you dont just tivo everything) and commercialism creep into ever aspect of shows. For example Im sat eating pizza and watching my so called life which was one of the first teen dramas to appear and isnt at all commercial (incedentally it got cancelled after one series), but then if you watch later examples like gossip girl or something theyre basically a fashion and branding tie-in fest sponsored by some perfume company. Id assume encouraging early sexulaisation/maturity is also something that has commercial incentive.
Chewy, if you really want to look for grand corporate conspiracies and programming/brianwashing, you should focus on the mainstream media and read manufacturing consent or compare mainstream news/media stories to the non-profit media, then you will really have something to worry about at night... ;-)