The Insurgency: Learning to Think Free

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Humans spend their lives surrounded by media, propaganda and other influences. No longer are Americans free. The average American child spends approximately 35 hours a week within the confines of a public school, that same child spends at least 40 hours a week, if not more, in front of a TV or personal computer.(Rideout, Ulla, and Roberts) This child who gets an average amount of sleep, 10-12 hours at ages 3-12 and 8-9 hours from ages 12 to 18, (“Sleep”) is spending most of his waking day within the confines of a public school system and an even larger part of their day being directly influenced by social media and propaganda through mediums such as the TV, radio and personal computers/internet. These factors, social media/propaganda. Public schooling contains socialism and is a direct reflection of whoever controls, regulates and creates it. These factors have without a doubt changed Americans, and people of the world, in their lifestyle, psychological health and well being, and social interaction through the influence within these factors, therefore the individual should learn to think freely and be able to recognize these influences. Hitler used techniques of propaganda and indoctrination in Nazi Germany; he began early on his subjects, making children believe that Nazism is not only good, but encouraged in such works like Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) “'Just as a single poisonous mushroom can kill a whole family, so a solitary Jew can destroy a whole village, a whole city, even an entire folk” (Hiemer) talking about how Jewish people are evil. "Propaganda tries to force a doctrine on the whole people [...] Propaganda works on the general public from the standpoint of an idea and makes them ripe for the victory of th... ... middle of paper ... ...utobiography, Political theory. Hornberger, Jacob. Foundations For Future Fredoms (fff.org). 5 November 2008. Article. 5 June 2012. Jet. Findarticals.com. 5 may 1997. article in parenting magazine. 5 june 2012. Solomon, Trudy. "Programming and Deprogramming the Moonies: Social Psychology Applied." Taking Sides: Clashing Veiws in Social Psycology n.d.: 258-259. Essay. Vance, Laurence. The Foundation of Future Freedoms. 9 Febuary 2012. Article. 5 June 2012. Rideout, Victoria J., Ulla G. Foehr, and Donald F. Roberts. Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year Olds. Thesis. Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, 2010. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Web. Dr. Patti M. Valkenburg, Jochen Peter, and Alexander P. Schouten. CyberPsychology & Behavior. October 2006, 9(5): 584-590. doi:10.1089/cpb.2006.9.584. "The Sleep Of America's Children." Sleep for Kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.
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