When you leave your sheltered life behind you and start to become an adult that is beginning to think for yourself, it really becomes a frequent thought thinking about your role in this world. What say do you have, and do you truly feel free. For those of you that are leaving a dictatorship in the workplace and need to know what to look for in your next job, just make sure to avoid what you can at all costs.
The rest of the time living, it’s kind of crazy to comprehend what culture is. What are the masses? Who influences the masses? Who influences the people that influence. There are no doubt so many questions we have, and why’s we ask. But it is hard to get answers for all. The only thing that you can do is to increase your intelligence, and increase your awareness of the outside forces that dictate much of the ongoing tribulations that the common man and woman and child suffer through.
“Goodwill and intelligence are still too little available. The critic, we have said, is as much concerned with the health of the mind as any doctor with the health of the body. To set up as a critic is to set up as a judge of values. …” I. A. Richards wrote this quote, part of a larger passage in his section titled “ Mass Civilization and Minority Culture.” This quote set the tone for me in this reading, and the following paragraphs lead to explain the understanding that there is a minority of people who empower their minds.
If a task, or a concept of learning is uneasy to take on, the mass of civilization will play ignorant, and relax their efforts on something EASY to do. He discusses the machine, which are explained to be the hidden forces that rule the world that nobody really can distinguish who they are, or what exactly can be proven that they have done. And how it is influencing the dumbing down of the world. They make it hard for the mass of the population to understand how other cultures function, the arts of the ages, the beliefs of different groups of people. Instead, the machine tells us what to think, and forces the education system to instill these beliefs in the feeble brains of the impressionable youth. The mass of civilization almost has no choice but to be influenced. Most of the world’s media is controlled by a single company. These large companies collaborate together and are “the processes of mass-production and standardization in the form represented by the Press.” (35) People believe they are being informed by those who are more well in-tune with what is happening in the news world, but in reality they are just feeding the monster.