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People for the Ethical Treatment of Video (PETV)

This column was posted in Christianvideomagazine.com’s September 2010 edition, released today:

Now, intellectually we understand that movies coming out of Hollywood and sitcoms do not correspond to reality.  Though we recognize that manipulation and propaganda sometimes emanate from them, we know that when we view their stories, we are willfully participating in fantasy.  The propaganda in these cases is not very potent.  It’s there, but we usually recognize entertainment as entertainment.

The truly dangerous propaganda is that which is presented as fact, especially when presented visually.   In these cases, it comes associated with a chart, a graph, and a computer simulation.  Talking heads with letters after their name speak… and our natural tendency is to accept what they are saying is true.  After all, talking heads wouldn’t lie, would they?

A few weeks ago, James Jay Lee stormed the Discovery Channel network.  There was a man who understood the power of video.  In his screed, published online, he decried the shows “encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions.”  Instead, he argued, Discovery should push “programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility.”

James Jay Lee was in a desperate spot.  He knew that the fate of the planet hung in the balance.  The earth, literally, needed saving.  The people who knew this best were actually fueling the death of the earth.  He wrote:  “You MUST KNOW the human population is behind all the pollution and problems in the world, and YET you encourage the exact opposite instead of discouraging human growth and procreation.  Surely you MUST ALREADY KNOW this!” (Emphasis his)

And how did Mr. Lee come to this startling revelation?  In other online writings he indicated that he had been ‘awakened’ by Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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