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The Revolution will not be Televised

More psychopaths behind the small screen?

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Ed Driscoll

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November 13, 2013 - 11:00 am

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Shot:

To my shame, and against my principles, I have occasionally agreed to appear on television, though even less frequently than I have been asked. I have found those who work for TV broadcasting companies to be the most disagreeable people that I have ever encountered. I far preferred the criminals whom I encountered in my work as a prison doctor, who were more honest and upright than TV people.

— Theodore Dalrymple, ‘Television is an Evil,” November 3rd, 2013.

Chaser:

According to Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton, TV/media ranks among the top three professions with the most psychopathic personalities employed.

When you hear the word “psychopath,” you likely think of Norman Bates, Patrick Bateman or horror films, but it has a real definition: “Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial character, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, and antisocial behaviors such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality.”

With that in mind, TV/media apparently ranks #3 among Dutton’s top 10 professions containing the most psychopathic personalities:

“TV/Media Ranks Among Top 3 Professions with Most Psychopathic Personalities,” headline, Mediaite, November 8th.

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Cross-posted from Ed Driscoll’s blog

Blogging since 2002, affiliated with PJM since 2005, where he is currently a columnist, San Jose Editor, and founder of PJM's Lifestyle blog. Over the past 15 years, Ed has contributed articles to National Review Online, the Weekly Standard.com, Right Wing News, the New Individualist, Blogcritics, Modernism, Videomaker, Servo, Audio/Video Interiors, Electronic House, PC World, Computer Music, Vintage Guitar, and Guitar World.

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There are also psychopaths who write books as well, so I suggest you don't try to use the old saying of "get people to read a book instead of watching television" to get people to avoid TV, because they'll be exposed to psychopathic thought anyways regardless of what you do. I can name a few psychopathic book writers: Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche, Frederick Engels, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Bauderillard, and especially Marquis de Sade. Their influences are also on record.
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