Television has created a second dark age in Western civilization and undermined the freedom of thought, which is the basis for a free and open society. In this century, Western totalitarian governments don't need to ban controversial books or burn them in public to forbid the open discussion of regime-threatening truths like tyrants of the past because most people don't read books or even care to learn new truths. They receive information about the world and their society from television, which serves as the government's main tool of indoctrination and brainwashing. Television is a weapon that every totalitarian leader and government in history wished they had at their disposal because you can literally rewrite history in a matter of seconds. The power of this black box is godlike, and owners of media companies as well as political leaders have used this power to occupy the minds of their victims. < snip > Consumers of television news and the modern media are a blank slate for governments and corporations to write on. They are treated worse than slaves. At least physical slaves had the knowledge that they were enslaved. CONTINUE . . .