Photographer Captures Children Hypnotized By TV, Proving The Zombie Apocalypse Is Real

Children, especially in their early years, are like sponges. Place them around an adult with a foul mouth, and they will begin mimicking their language soon enough. Set them in front of a television screen to maintain some peace and quiet in the house, and they will, undoubtedly, learn from what they are viewing and begin displaying similar behavior.After its arrival in most first world homes during the 1950’s, the television quickly became the primary method for influencing public opinion. Though many today would instantly recognize much of the programming of that era as blatant propaganda, would they be so keen to recognize it in it’s current form? Has it widely disappeared or has it simply evolved with the medium itself, becoming far more subliminal?

After its arrival in most first world homes during the 1950’s, the television quickly became the primary method for influencing public opinion. Though many today would instantly recognize much of the programming of that era as blatant propaganda, would they be so keen to recognize it in it’s current form? Has it widely disappeared or has it simply evolved with the medium itself, becoming far more subliminal?

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Most people gaze neither into the past nor the future; they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the television.

While many of us have begun moving to more diversified sources of entertainment and knowledge-attainment, it is safe to say that TV programming remains largely ubiquitous, particularly for children. As of yet, there aren’t too many YouTubers producing child-focused content, whatever it may be. The programs our kids watch on the laptop and iPad are often the same ones being broadcast on the television. And while much of the content being produced for children, particularly babies and toddlers, are of a wholesome and educational caste, it is the habit of “outsourcing mental noise”. This is a very real phenomenon that all of us know too well. When watching anything engrossing, we literally allow the medium to do the thinking for us. And it starts in childhood.

Which is why the art series entitled “Idiot Box” by artist Donna Stevens is so significant and deserving of dialogue. Following are some images from her series “Idiot Box“. It shows the faces of children in what seem to be an almost hypnagogic (between sleeping and waking) state while watching television.

Stevens sought to explore the darker side of our love for technology, therefore, photographed children watching television. In the portraits, glossy eyed vacant stares are captured of children engrossed in their television program.

All the children photographed were between 3 and 4 years of age, and Stevens hopes this series begins a dialogue between adults of all ages to begin limiting the role of technology in their lives and the influence it may have on their kids.

As a mother herself, Donna recognizes that she maintains a certain level of techno-paranoia, yet still wants every individual to ask: “How much screen time is beneficial to children’s’ learning and imagination, and how much is too much?”

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I need more TV; there is no outside world!

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I can do this the whole day.

Idiot Box_Nico

Yea man me too.

Idiot Box_Cassidy

So sleepy.

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Idiot Box_Mila

Uhh

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Duh

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The flicker rate on the television is very very important, it was timed to be so many cycles per second and it actually just meets with the brain patterns from Alpha state. When our brain sees it through our eyes, we start to adopt that flicker rate in our mind, and we go into a deep alpha state. Watch children and watch their mouths, they drop open, they wont hear their parents talking. They are hypnotized… Why would they give that particular flicker rate when they could have chosen of a whole variety of flicker rates..? It was not an essential thing to have. So it was done for a purpose…

With peculiar interest in zombies growing worldwide, one has to wonder what underlies the fascination to be like the zoned out, half-dead. Perhaps it is because on a subconscious level, human desire to understand themselves, or where they are going…

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