Entertainment

Entertainment

Is the medium by which infotainment is conveyed to the mass audience. Jon Stewart is a great entertainer and sometimes his program is informative too. The key for any infotainer is to convey the message they want through the medium they are using to entertain. While one may see the ultimate end to entertainment to be entertaining one is rarely simply exchanging laughter for service. It is much more likely that there is a hidden, or not so hidden, agenda that the entertainer or the entertaining company are trying to push. This agenda is usually as benign as selling the latest car or cereal.

At its worst this hidden agenda can be used to brainwash and subvert whole generations of television viewers and movie goers. It is shocking how much entertainment is introducing not only information that is useful but information that is harmful. Even programs like “60 Minutes” for the sake of informing the public and entertaining their viewers are walking the fine line between preventing and promoting issues in the world. Last week I saw an article on the 60 Minute report on the US and it’s strikes in Syria. An expose on the strategies being used to route out ISIS rebels. That doesn’t seem like a piece of information that should be titillating the ears of just anyone with a television. Who knows what information might be gleaned from such a report? The proper place for entertainment is in between reason and relaxation. One should be entertained and one should be entertaining thoughts about what they are entertained by.

Anything short of this is intellectual suicide.