Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Mushy Generation

It came out this week….that the Gitmo guys were definitely using kid’s tunes as a “disincentive” with prisoners. To make a point about this….Al Jazeera this week (our favorite Middle Eastern news source)….did up a documentary called the “Songs of War”.

Naturally, there’s this guy who wrote music for Sesame Street, who found out his tunes were used for the Gitmo project. Christopher Cerf…..was a bit upset….talking about the horror of his music used for evil purposes.

So we go back almost a decade when some guy….in an anonymous sort of way….noted that Gitmo prisoners really couldn’t take continuous Sesame Street music. In his words… “If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That’s when we come in and talk to them.”

So you sit there and think about this. Some parent goes out and buys a DVD or a CD….with twelve Sesame Street tunes on it. They give it to a 4-year old kid, and he plays it over, and over, and over. Figure twelve continuous hours of the same songs. Repeated the next day. Repeated for a week or two. Repeated for a month or two.

 What’s the difference between the wretched parent who innocently allowed the kid to lose his mental capacity, and the interrogation guy at Gitmo?

 Well….there is no difference. Yep, over the past two decades, with the arrival of CD/DVD players, and vast volumes of music….we’ve become very acceptable to friendly music….used for various purposes….including evil purposes.  Kids are being brain-washed and broken down.   We are developing the next generation....the mushy generation.

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