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Tag: Bread and circuses
By JGillman, Section News
~ Reposted from MTTM ~
Let us entertain you.
The Romans did just that.
During some of the worst times and under questionable government , Romans were entertained, given food, and kept subservient through all manner of sociological bribery and extravagance. "panem et circenses", as described by period satirist Decimus Junius Juvenalis, (Juvenal) describing the social distractions as "Bread and Circuses". One could find a number of similarities between the Romans and ourselves as our society engages on its natural path of entropy. Especially considering the mass distractions of Rome and our era, a few of those similarities are certainly clear, and people are still essentially the same.
Titillation and free stuff is a great way for government to avoid being held accountable for its ongoing failings.
Through 'gladiator' sports such as football, NASCAR or boxing, the excitement easily overcomes what might be the boring responsibility of eternal vigilance. Movies that demonstrate very real violent performances of the most graphic kind, to the mildly or more severe pornography certainly satiate a number of other necessary diversions. As a bonus, movies can serve to propagandize watchers in a way not available when the lions tore Christians limb from limb. If we look, many of us might see in ourselves the very same lust for excitement through the actions of others, and the danger or reward they face or receive.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Today's interpretation of bread and circuses...
The sloven tieless attire says Detroit. The frenetic effēminātus screams San Francisco.
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