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I did something new today. I decided to watch the football game on mute. As I learn more and more about the intricacies of the game the more the play-by-play announcers grate on my nerves. They're lack of knowledge of the teams and obvious note reading was always an insult to my intelligence. Now I realize that they didn't care about that, as long as I left the sound on.

For a long time I had noticed that announcers, analysts, websites, blog, and fans constantly spout the same memes about players, teams, etc. This is true everywhere but particularly in football. The groupthink is enormous. Putting the game on mute one time made me realize that every single narrative you take for granted, every "story", actually doesn't exist.

The technique is this. They infiltrate your headspace. You watch the game but they tell you what to focus on. They repeat the same words, storylines, opinions, etc. until they become yours. They highlights certain plays so you put your focus on the star (read: marketable) players. They create your opinion for you, and you don't even know. It flies outside your radar. You think your watching the game but your not. Your focus is constantly being subconsciously pushed in whatever direction they choose.

Example: "Player A is in his third year out of little known Y College, it has been an uphill battle for him to make the team and every rush shows his hard work and love of the game". You watch the player take the handoff and go for 10 yards and think about what a great guy he is, meanwhile the camera zooms in to his helmet so you get a good look at his face. When you watch the game on mute, what really happens is this: The RB (player A) lines up next to the FB, the linebackers on the other team fall for a playaction pass due to a great fake by the QB, the FB comes in and creams the safety and leaves a gaping hole for the RB (player A) to run into untouched for an easy 10 yard gain.

But no, Player A is a hard worker so he gets 100% of the credit to the TV audience. Why, because your focus is on him. The NFL incorporates a sideline view as well that does not allow you to see the entire length of the field. This means that somewhere around 50% of what goes on on the field is hidden from the TV audience. Making it even easier to twist and distort the narrative to whatever they want.

This does not stop at football or sports. This stretches straight into news broadcasts. Events happen and the networks decide to create the "news". The media has become the "news". An event happens and all of a sudden there are 50 cameras and crews around the event. They become part of the event. They push the narrative which ignites the audience. Suddenly the CEO of the company resigns, the police start investigating, protestors start protesting, and viewers start watching and talking. They have made something turn into SOMETHING. Sometimes even nothing turns into SOMETHING.

This relates to our message board like this. Anything that infiltrates your headspace affects where your focus goes. Your focus is everything you talk and think about it. Your focus is the only thing you know. If your in a social situation and your focusing on a narrative or life story of how you can never get girls, you don't see the girl giving you the eye in the corner. Even if you see her you think about how she won't like you once she gets to know you. Your behavior starts to come in line with this. The girl thinks "what the hell" and moves on. Your narrative creating something out of nothing.

If you just walked into that situation with the sound on mute, you would've seen a cute girl giving you the eye and went and said "hello" and taken it from there reacting to the moment with the sound off.

A lot of what I said is a repeat of certain topics on this board such as being present, ignoring your life-story, etc. But sometimes saying something a certain way helps people understand it better.

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011, 04:16:03 AM »
here comes my asshole post of the month:

tl;dr, "i'm smart, fuck society"

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They're lack of knowledge of the teams and obvious note reading was always an insult to my intelligence.

*************their************


Sorry.

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2011, 04:19:26 AM »
i only posted this because I think that humbleness is part of the key to reaching happiness.

humbleness = accepting all.

i accept your typos. I really do.

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011, 05:59:14 AM »
k, so i just read the whole post and i really liked the point you made. and in a way, i followed your own advice by not getting sucked into the main point and allowing myself to be able to see multiple perspectives at once.

your post is a very crucial one. Oftentimes, our problems are only problems because our perception is limited. If we can widen the scope of our understanding, then our problems don't cease to exist, but rather, they become unimportant.

ex:

problem: WAAA this girl doesn't like me.

solution: uhh bro, find other girls that like you?

MannySter

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2011, 06:27:15 AM »
i only posted this because I think that humbleness is part of the key to reaching happiness.

humbleness = accepting all.

i accept your typos. I really do.

Appreciate it.

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2011, 08:07:47 AM »
i only posted this because I think that humbleness is part of the key to reaching happiness.

humbleness = accepting all.

i accept your typos. I really do.

Since we're attacking people's spelling and grammar...

******humility******

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2011, 08:09:28 AM »
your post is a very crucial one. Oftentimes, our problems are only problems because our perception is limited. If we can widen the scope of our understanding, then our problems don't cease to exist, but rather, they become unimportant.

This might be a semantic argument -- but in my experience problems CAN cease to exist. When data points are connected in new ways, the shape that formed a "problem" before can be transformed into a new shape, which could be anything -- even a strength. Or as you say, simply unimportant.

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2011, 08:13:28 AM »
Well done Manny. You are on a roll since your detag experience earlier in the month. I am making this into the blog's guest post this month (spelling and grammar will be tidied on the blog version however). EDIT: Here is the link: http://www.personalpowermeditation.com/blog/2011/11/featured-post-the-narrative-is-made-up-or-how-television-tells-you-what-to-think-by-mannyster/

This does not stop at football or sports. This stretches straight into news broadcasts. Events happen and the networks decide to create the "news". The media has become the "news". An event happens and all of a sudden there are 50 cameras and crews around the event. They become part of the event. They push the narrative which ignites the audience. Suddenly the CEO of the company resigns, the police start investigating, protestors start protesting, and viewers start watching and talking. They have made something turn into SOMETHING. Sometimes even nothing turns into SOMETHING.

One guy who understands this principle very well is a guy called Chris Morris. He is a British TV writer and actor. He has created two shows which are spoof news programmes. They are called The Day Today, and Brass Eye. I recommend you watch the whole lot. It is British comedy at its very best. It also utilizes all the principles you have listed in your post, subverting them and making them stand out for comic effect. Many people do not understand the shows for this reason -- its principle is that it makes fun of hysterical audience programming. Chris Morris was banned from television and the TV station forced to apologize after Brass Eye's Paedophile Special.

In one episode of The Day Today, the news team, whilst reporting on tensions between Hong Kong and Australia, actually cause the situation between the ambassadors to become heated to the point whereby they actually declare war on each other -- and of course, the news team is there ready to report on it immediately. :)

Here's the clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3BO6GP9NMY
« Last Edit: November 21, 2011, 08:28:59 AM by Illuminatus »

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2011, 01:17:39 PM »
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Since we're attacking people's spelling and grammar...

******humility******

No offense taken but I still wanna say something:

I consider myself a very humble person in real life. Oftentimes to a fault. I think this forum is part of my way of experimenting with NOT being humble and to face my fear of getting rejected or w/e.

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2011, 01:24:53 PM »
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Since we're attacking people's spelling and grammar...

******humility******

No offense taken but I still wanna say something:

I consider myself a very humble person in real life. Oftentimes to a fault. I think this forum is part of my way of experimenting with NOT being humble and to face my fear of getting rejected or w/e.

No. I was saying that the word is "humility" not "humbleness". :)

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Re: The Narrative is Made-up or How Television Tells You What to Think
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2011, 03:50:26 PM »
Neither21, your reply to my last post got split to here: http://www.personalpowermeditation.com/forum/general/cockiness-and-vulnerability/


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