According to a mainstream paper, the 9/11 Twin Towers disaster was the most popular viewing in ten years. That means 911 footage has viewer ratings. A real live mass murder has ratings. Watching thousands of people die on live TV is pulling in the viewers. Great for advertisers. If it has high ratings, then there is profit to be made. If people are watching it, then there must be a consumer demand for this kind of thing. Plenty of incentive to provide more of it.
Did you watch 911? Did you watch footage of mass murder, thousands of people being slaughtered? Did you buy a newspaper about it? It’s a good story for selling papers too.
There is a Ben Elton novel on this theme, whereby the viewers determine whether or not someone is murdered, really murdered, live on TV. The murderer has the hostage and the worlds TV cameras watching. He also has the live viewing figures on a screen in front of him. If everyone switches off their tele, the murder will not take place. If they carry on watching, the murder will take place. What happens next depends on the viewers. Each individual viewer has a choice. They can switch off their TV, thus contributing their bit towards saving a life. Or they can keep watching, and actually get to see someone being murdered live on TV, and by watching they will contribute towards the murder. Wow, how cool is that, live murder on tele, something to talk about with everyone else, major news because it’s something new, hasn’t been done before, will go down in history!
The novel was published in 1996, then there was the Twin Towers in 2001. Since then, watching death, on the TV and elsewhere, has become increasingly normal, and therefore boring. An example is the footage recently shown on the Comic Relief day, family viewing of death and disaster and starvation, inbetween comedy, and telling us to donate money. I am sure it has great viewing figures, and must also make a big profit from the donations. So no doubt they will continue with this particular act.
We are increasingly desensitised by the show. It’s got to keep getting faster and more extreme to keep us watching. One dead body is not enough, we need to watch more mutiliation, more war, more sex, more grotesque images. And more reality, not just actors. Reality pulls in more viewers. The ratings dictate the way things are going. The show is responding to our demand.
Events on the world stage come thick and fast these days. The Korean Nuclear War (or was it Iran?), and Death of Thatcher are two recent ones filling up everyone’s lives. It’s not just the telescreens that are waiting to pounce on the latest subject matter, it’s the newspapers, the critics, the book writers, the film makers. All part of the show. We all watch and wait for the next act on the stage.
It’s quite easy to be smug, and think you know what’s going on, but those who consider themselves informed are watching the show just as much as everyone else, and publishing and sharing as much grotesque viewing. That will suit the powers that be quite nicely.
They want us to keep watching in case we actually start to look inside ourselves and realise that we can make changes in the way we do things. We might stop participating. We might find something more fulfilling to do. It’s obvious really, if you want the show to end, help lower the viewing figures, stop watching. Don’t wait for everyone else to do it, lead the way.
I think it will all get more and more extreme until we are all dead, or until we stop paying attention to them (the show) and pay attention to ourselves (sort out our own lives). My feeling is that humanity will win through, but I sometimes have to ask myself “How bad does it have to get?”
You can see the way it’s going, can’t you? More and more deaths, increasingly horrific, are required to feed the insatiable demand. A televised nuclear war would be quite a novelty, wouldn’t it? Never been seen before. People will watch, and say “Isn’t it awful?” which will demonstrate how they care. People will donate money to charities that will help sort out the mess, and then carry on with their own life as before, providing they are still alive. People will say “How lucky it didn’t get us” or “We needed less people on the planet” or “We won” or “The Illuminati are carrying out another one of their preplanned wars”. Different people will analyse it differently, but we will all carry on watching.
When we withdraw from the show, the show will stop. Are we frightened of what life will be like if we stop watching the show? Will our lives seem empty with nothing to analyse, nothing to criticise (like a theatre critic). Do people in conspiracy world need the constant unfolding drama? We are like an audience in a global gladiatorial stadium waiting for the next sacrifice, and fuelling it by our expectant demand.
(See also: Invasion of The Telescreens, Mind Your Own Life, Demand and Supply, New Religion, Light and Dark, The Role of Evil, No Audience No Show, Human Procurement Centres, Death Worship)
Book: Popcorn by Ben Elton