shows. The wavy, wispy images moving back and forth in the background aredesigned to hypnotize you and keep you transfixed, ³glued´ to the TV. Other gimmicks are the scrolling ³ticker tape´ on the bottom of the screen and lots of snapping and flashing lights. The more there is going on in the picture, the morelikely you will be hypnotized by the images.Hypnosis is characterized by highly focused attention, increased responsiveness tosuggestions, vivid images and fantasies, and a willingness to accept distortions of logic or reality²which is the exact template being followed by today¶s televisionprogrammers.While only 15 percent of people are highly susceptible to hypnosis and 10 percentare difficult or impossible to hypnotize, the vast majority of the population lies in thegray area in between. Children tend to be more susceptible to hypnosis than adults.Deeply hypnotized subjects sometimes experience profound changes in their subjective experience of consciousness (see Psychology, 2nd ed., Hockenbury &Hockenbury, ©2000 Worth Publishers, p. 158-159).Watching television, like playing computer games, causes the viewer¶s brain wavesto slip into a hypnotic, post-REM type - or ³delta´ - sleep. Brainwaves of televisionviewers are similar to those in deep sleep, though their eyes are still open. While inthis state, any number of post-hypnotic suggestions can be implanted in the mind of the viewer, from buying that fancy new car, to going deeper into debt by refinancingtheir home in order to take a vacation.Under hypnosis, pseudomemories, or false memories, can be implanted into thesubject to make them believe they actually experienced an event or know the facts of an event, even if it never actually happened as purported. The mainstream television³news´ networks were amazingly successful at convincing a large segment of thepopulation that a 757 hit the Pentagon on 9/11, even though there was no evidenceever produced to support that theory.Since television is such a powerful tool, and its existence is licensed and regulatedby government, there will never be any objective, rational discussion of civil rights, or government scams and cons such as income tax or the Federal Reserve systemexplained in that broadcast medium.I stopped regularly watching mainstream network television around a year ago. Ispend very little time in front of the television. Instead, I spend my time askingquestions about the world around me and seeking answers to them. Since mostpeople are walking around with their heads full of television network ³programmers¶´post-hypnotic cues, they perceive me as some kind of ³extremist´ or as ³radical´because I¶m not 'programmed' as they are.The television is the government¶s and corporations¶ dream tool. A hypnotic device inevery home that people willingly submit to on a daily basis to get their dose of prescribed propaganda and ³information.´ For now, you all still have the choice to cutyour brainwashing simply by reaching out and shutting the television off.