Some readers know that for 2015, I boycotted all “entertainment” produced by mass media corporations or produced for mainstream consumption.
It was pretty easy adjusting my life and doing activities that include movies and television. Pop music was kind of hard to avoid as much as they saturate any store you go into.
What, pray tell, did I say in response to the offer: “‘Netflix and chill’?”
Counteroffer: “skip the Netflix?”
Part of the boycott was my response to my frustration at every channel, film, or series. I was motivated also by a sense that I needed to reestablish my own identity, instead of internalizing or reinforcing what others projected about me.
I asked myself what effect do the messages and morals of the stories I see have on me.
The answer to the question was not so straightforward. As neuroscience would have it, we are learning that we’ve made wildly incorrect assumptions regarding the division between the conscious rational thinking mind and the subconscious mind.
Most of us think that we use our rational minds to make decisions, form beliefs, and navigate our way through the world. Not only did we learn that the subconscious mind drives our behavior the vast majority of the time, we learned that the subconscious mind is exerting a subtle and imperceptible influence on the conscious mind all of the time.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if we found out that our conscious mind was used only to justify those things which power of subconscious had already chosen for us? Think about what that would do to the idea of racism. Think about how important media portrayal becomes for the quality of their treatment by others.
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