Under a dictatorship the Big Business, made possible by advancing technology and the consequent ruin of Little Business, is controlled by the State-that is to say, by a small group of party leaders and the soldiers, policemen and civil servants who carry out their orders. In a capitalist democracy such as the United States, it is controlled by what Professor C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite. This Power Elite directly employs several millions of the country’s working force in its factories, offices and stores, controls many millions more by lending them the money to but its products, and, through its ownership of the media of mass communications, influences the thoughts, the feelings and the actions of virtually everybody.
- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited 1958
We all know mainstream media is a joke, but sometimes its inherent idiocy can be best highlighted with a little humor. So thank you very much Conan O’Brien.
Don’t worry serfs, be happy.
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