How often do you pick up a book and start reading? Then think about how often you flick on the tv or pop in a movie. Due to the proliferation of imagery we experience in our world today we rarely read. Information is thrust at us in such an overwhelming pace that we don't take time to process all of the information that we are receiving, or do we?...
Some people believe that we are being brainwashed by the media. As a kid I heard a theory that when you watch the previews at the movie theater you were unknowingly being bombarded with images of soda pop, popcorn, and candies to make you believe that you were hungry or thirsty. I was told that the theaters inserted pictures of soda and snacks in attempts to get you to purchase food from their snack bar. I do not know if this is truth or not but it doesn't sound completely out of context to what I see in the world as an adult.
Just about everywhere we go in our everyday routines we see tons of advertizing and propaganda for one item or another.
Example: In the grocery store, about to check out and you see an image of a distraught Brittany Spears with the words "Relaps" plastered across it and although you might not take everything that the magazines print as fact that image is still implanted in your sub-concious and influences how you will forever view that topic.