Line taken from the movie "Detachment" written by Carl Lund spoken by the teacher Henry Barthes played by Adrien Brody to his classroom about reading and what television today is doing to the minds of the youth of America.
"Today we have two belief systems.
“To deliberately believe in lies while knowing they are false. The
examples of this in every day life…. How I need to be pretty to be happy.
I need surgery to be pretty. I need to be thin, famous, fashionable.
Our young men today are being told that woman are whores, bitches and
they are things to be screwed. Beaten, shit on and shamed. This is a
marketing holocaust. Twenty-four hours a day for the rest of our lives
the powers that be are hard a work dumbing us to death. So to defend
ourselves and fight against assimilating this dullness into our thought
processes we must learn to read to stimulate our own imaginations to
cultivate our own consciousness, our own belief system's. We all need
these skills to defend, to preserve our own minds”.