9 Signs You’ve Become a Tool of the Entertainment Industrial Complex

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Sigmund Fraud, Staff
Waking Times

We find ourselves at a critical time in history, on the brink of self-destruction, yet under the spell of so many lies, illusions and false realities. A survey of the actors on stage reveals the shocking truth that so many of the would-be-could-be change-makers out there are absent, sidelined, and simply not present or available for action when we need them most. Instead, so many of us are totally engrossed in entertainment-based lifestyles, substituting games, fantasies and phony arenas for the drama and achievement of real life.  

Where are all the young warriors and radicals out there who won’t stand for the abuse, oppression, surveillance, tyranny, and debt slavery being handed down by older generations? And why do so many young people seem to care not at all about world events, the quality of government, or the future of our society and culture?

It really is no accident that so many are too pre-occupied to ‘occupy,’ for after all, we do live in the matrix, a sort of glorified hamster cage for the human race, where controlling interests pre-design our lives by entrapping us with pre-set choices, all the while cutting off exit-strategies for those who’d rather opt-out

Work, consume, obey… and have fun! That’s our life’s mission, so we’re told.

Lifestyle is a major appeal of the matrix, and while the financial component of this prison keeps us all hustling 40+ hours a week for fiat money, it is the entertainment industrial complex that successfully claims ownership of the rest of our time and energy.

Dealing in distraction and misplaced priorities, entertainment is big business. Huge. It steals time, energy, money, and values, keeping us too busy and too uninformed to challenge the elite architects of our Brave New World. It wants you to organize your life around their offerings of circuses and cake, aiming to short-circuit your survival instincts and your natural drive for conquest, achievement and adventure. It wants as many of us as possible to remain complacent and compliant, to be nothing but worker-bots without the drive, reason or time to revolt, and no interest whatsoever in pursuits of the mind and spirit.

READ: 16 Signs That You’re a Slave to the Matrix

With so much absent-minded pressure to conform, is it possible that you’ve already become a tool for the entertainment industrial complex? Are you ignoring the big questions in life, remaining neutral and apathetic to the great challenges we all face? Here are some sure signs that this is indeed the case. 

1.) You’ve mistaken sports for actual warfare. The natural human male drive for conquest and plunder has been co-opted by televised team sports, and people take it so seriously that sports riots are a growing form of civil unrest.

2.) Your speech is largely comprised of movie and television quotes, therefore, you can only communicate with others who share your devotion to sitting on your duff watching programming.

“Sitting in front of a big screen, watching life go by. You want to be like what you see, every time you close your eyes.”Ziggy Marley

3.) Instead of building an interesting and real life, you invest much of your time in video games, creating avatars of yourself to digitally co-mingle with other avatars, supplanting real experience with digitized fantasy.

“Video games have become the black market of male achievement.”Stefan Molyneaux

4.) You’ve become a partying machine, placing top stock on your ability to get crunk and high. Nothing is more important to you than rocking out with your friends, raving and filling you head with booze, drugs and tunes. If someone speaks up about the world, you shut them down by calling them a ‘Debbie Downer,’ for there is nothing more important than being lit and having fun.

5.) You find nothing unnatural or uncomfortable with the fact you’d rather hide out in your porn dungeon, pleasuring yourself with the internet’s vast collection of pornography than you would in pursuing real, physical relationships.

6.) You’re willing to finance your entertainment lifestyle, cheerily leaning on credit cards to keep the good times flowing. Whatever it takes.

7.) You’re hopelessly hooked on smartphones and sweet apps, always carrying yourself about with ‘text-neck,’ living in a permanent blind-spot, never noticing your surroundings, chasing Pokemons, or whatever.

8.) You’re even slightly concerned about happenings in the lives of celebrities, worshipping their tailored looks and crafted public images, as if you too can someday participate in their lavish, pampered lifestyles. You can’t identify important historical figures, but you know all the current pop-stars and trend-setters. 

9.) You find yourself using entertainment as a coping technique for enduring a hated job you settle for and a life you can’t stand. Entertainment is a survival mechanism that fills a void in your life.

Final Thoughts

To be a tool for the entertainment industrial complex means that you are a non-combatant in the war for consciousness, and a non-threat to the powers that be. These tools are everywhere nowadays, engrossed in performing tricks and getting their kicks. If any of this applies to you, then you’re missing out on the great adventure of your life, and you’re way behind the curve in the revolution of human consciousness.

The world around us screams for the attention of brave, heartful people. Are you ready to get in on this game?

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About the Author

Sigmund Fraud is a survivor of modern psychiatry and a dedicated mental activist. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com where he indulges in the possibility of a massive shift towards a more psychologically aware future for humankind. Follow Sigmund on Facebook here.

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  • Jay_Sherman

    Thank you.

    I remember back when I first started “seeing” this stuff- long before the internet- made me feel like a character from 1984 or This Perfect Day (et al). At least now, with the interwebz, anyone who may be on this track can see that they are not a lone pioneer, and find a little support and validation from others, as opposed to thinking that they are totally alone in the pursuit of such a lifestyle.

    • no one

      ‘Oh… Was that “Good for you” an intentional quote from The Critic?’

      No, just my heartfelt response!

  • The Great Debator

    I agree with everything you say but I have to say, I still have a smartphone as I travel a lot after deciding to give up work even though I was on good money and had the freedom of contracting. I now travel the world house sitting with just a backpack. My smartphone helps in picking up housesitting requests quickly as they tend to get filled fast. Also good for GPS as I also end up in places that I have never been to before and this helps with that. I don’t usually have a sim card in the phone but just use the wifi and GPS options. Also saves me having a camera so keeps my backpack light.

    • Jay_Sherman

      They do have their uses! Back in the 90’s when I was in the auto salvage business, I used to carry a cell phone- it kept me from having to hire someone to sit by the phone; missing calls; or [shudder] constantly having to stop at payphones [remember those?!] to check messages.

      For someone like yourself, it’s a legitimate tool. For most people though, it’s just entertainment/a distraction. And the really scary thing is, that so many people are willing to give up their privacy for such trivia.

      I actually have a Trac-fone, that I keep in my glove compartment, just for “emergencies”. I don’t turn it on unless I need to make a call. I have thousands of minutes built up!

      It’s nice going out into the world and not being reachable; not being disturbed;and having time just to be quiet and to be able to think without outside stimuli, and to just interact with your immediate environment without outside information.

      But I do agree- for someone in your situation, it would probably be foolish not to have one.

  • Defiant


    Don’t you even FEEL foolish using an asinine term such as the “entertainment industrial complex!?”

  • Josh Smith

    Some brilliant insights here I’m guilty as charged for many of these assertions. Yet Awareness is obviously the first step in the process. I’m in the middle of this process as I don’t watch network news or much programing at all. If I do its ordinarily insightful documentaries. I like my simulated video and internet world, yet try to balance it out with real adventures and with real social experiences. Thanks for posting and also for the challenge to raise our level of consciousness, above and beyond the matrix.

  • bonnielou

    None of this applies to me. I “killed my TV” 7 years ago, have no smartphone, and only watch news, documentaries, and websites like Waking Times on my computer. I have no idea who the current popstars are and have zero interest in sports. I spend my time gardening, reading, enjoying nature, and cooking healthy food from scratch.

    • jennhaden3

      Same here, I have zero idea who the latest celebrity’s are, what movies, games, music is out. No TV either and wouldn’t want it any other way. I’d rather spend time with my husband, cooking healthy nutritious food, building genuine relationships and generally staying far as possible from the main stream.

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