I remember while attending business school at the University of Hawaii, all of my Professors often referred to the late 90's up to the present as "the Information Age."
The explanation for naming the current epoch as such was the advent of the internet and the changing of the Country's economy from a manufacturing based one to one in which Information was the primary base for economic activity.
While there is some truth to this definition, I think those of us that have taken the red pill and see the Matrix of delusion that is our modern day reality, it would be far more fitting to call this the Misinformation Age.
So many business decisions, lifestyle choices, market dynamics, elections, government legislation and entire ways of life are now made on the basis of misinformation being accepted as conventional wisdom, and constantly reinforced by a mass media and pop culture deliberately and blatantly created for the mind control of the masses.
The Australian-based website, A Study of our Civilization, by Phillip Atkinson, has a page called:
How to Diagnose if a Community is Declining.
Consider the community's general attitude to truth; a civilization rises because it pursues truth, it falls when it suppresses truth. Our stance is revealed by the existence of popular delusions, whose absurdity has not prevented them from being adopted as truth by governments. The list of popular delusions include:This is a pretty good list with links to detailed explanations of the misinformation that is now considered "conventional wisdom."
- AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the HIV virus.
- CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) cause a hole in the Ozone layer so their use must be banned.
- Corpulence is the result of eating too much.
- Democracy is good government
- DDT, (Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane ) must be banned to avoid a 'Silent Spring'
- Eating beef from cattle afflicted by Mad Cow Disease will cause a brain rotting disease.
- Global Warming is a threat to human existence.
- Jobs for all are essential for economic prosperity.
- Native Title.
- Political Correctness.
- The Courts are there to make people behave.
- Violence never solves anything.
However, I believe Atkinson only touched on the tip of the iceberg. I find myself almost becoming paranoid in my cynical skepticism when I hear, read or watch anything being discussed in the public sphere.
I no longer accept at face value, a damn thing reported from any mainstream news outlet. Our doctors, medical community members, nutritionists, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, scientists, politicians, leaders, activists, teachers, professors, administrators, lobbyists, actors, celebrities...all the people in professions that are supposedly in the business of "HELPING" We the Sheeple, and supposedly advancing and growing the collective wisdom of human history to make our lives better are all compromised into serving in the roles of either deliberate malefactor or useful idiot for the social engineers that continue to strive to rule every facet of our lives.
Yeah, we are in the most technologically advanced epoch of human history. This, I think, is the basis for which I encounter so many people that are possessed of a humanistic hubris...that such technological advancement means we now live in the best, most advanced age of human achievement.
Like a bird distracted by the shiny objects, too many people fail to see how we've degenerated into a very real dystopia. Human beings in overwhelming numbers, now live isolated, stifled existences bereft of spiritual and emotional growth...psyche's permanently scarred by deliberately inflicted atrocities by our systems, institutions and government.
We now live in an existence for which the policy of providing bread and circuses in the ancient Roman empire to keep the masses distracted and mollified while their civilization declined all around them have now been reinstituted and profligated in innumerable ways... literally in too many ways to be counted.
But, when one with eyes opened to the realization of our modern existence takes a step back and tries to understand the true scope of it all, I think it really boils down to one very simple agenda...one concept that is truly behind the proliferation of misinformation and mass delusions:
To control how and what we think, what we eat, how we live, commute, speak, fight, fuck, procreate and reproduce, how we die. This is what the striving for power in our world is truly based upon.
We are programmed to value "the environment" over humanity. We are programmed to not form nuclear families, or if we have, to break it up via the machinations of the State system. We are programmed to deviate from the natural order of procreation, to accept deviancy as normalized behavior...to become disconnected from our fellow human beings, to cherish and nurture hatred in our hearts, to give over to the idea that we are an oppressed and vicitmized member of some sub-group that has a set of grievances that take precedence over every facet of our lives...so that we are permanently divided and conquered. These realities, these ways of thought indoctrinated into our mainstream consciousness by our mass media and institutions of education, are all nothing more than the symptoms of the population control agenda that is the very real paradigm of this, the Misinformation Age.