Mass Communication: Recreation, Addiction or Plague?

June 25, 2013 Alistair McHarg

According to a recent survey, 90% of surveys referenced on the Internet are entirely fictitious.

According to an entirely different, completely credible, survey, 87% of all information posted on the Internet is “useless, stupid, false, and/or toxic.”

Survey author, Chumley Entwhistle, Dean Of Psychology at Basingstoke University, expanded. When he was finished expanding, he explained.

“All of us remember the first time our parents caught us shooting heroin. We said, ‘But all the kids are doing it.’ To which our parents replied, ‘If all the kids were setting fire to their hair, would you do that too?’ After a considerable amount of soul searching we realized that we would.

“Human interaction has grown increasingly inane through the centuries,” Entwhistle stated, “but until the communication age this posed no problem. Today, however, everyone can communicate with everyone all the time; we’ve inadvertently loosed a tsunami of litter, twaddle, and dreck upon the land.”

A recent study, released by The National Association of Releasing Studies, shows that information is more addictive than crack cocaine.

(NARS officials revealed that the value of the communication makes no difference whatsoever, indeed, anecdotal data suggests that useless information is actually somewhat more addictive than valuable information.)

“It’s a perfect storm of intellectual and cultural devolution,” continued Entwhistle flatly. “Our addiction to sharing the hideous minutia of mundane lives has had catastrophic sociological effects.

“For example: A – We can no longer discriminate between treasure and trash. 2 – We have lost the ability to listen, thereby completely undermining the learning process. Next – since we are lulled into the myth of believing we are interesting, we no longer go to any trouble to be interesting.

“All addictions lead to the same place, as we know,” Entwhistle, now oozing disingenuous gravitas, brushed back a tear with his assistant’s sleeve, “one plummets into degradation like a hanged man drops through a trap door. Our cultural consciousness has already fallen to shocking depths.

“For example, Internet users seem to be amazed that bacon is delicious, coffee is stimulating, and cats are adorable – so much so that they repeat these observations endlessly as though they'd just thought of them.

“Heartbreaking,” sighed Entwhistle, “just short years ago everyone understood these rudimentary concepts.

“The first step in recovering from addiction is admitting the problem, and our society must confront its dependence on low-quality information from disreputable sources,” Entwhistle cautioned.

“In the words of Taz Mopula," he smiled, "Our ability to broadcast the wretched detritus of daily life is no argument for doing so; restraint is increasingly precious."

APA Reference
McHarg, A. (2013, June 25). Mass Communication: Recreation, Addiction or Plague?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 14 from

Author: Alistair McHarg

June, 25 2013 at 2:24 pm

Hi Alistair! The National Association of Releasing Studies has recently shown that the food police studies are excruciatingly useless. Soon we will be inundated with more useless information, someone must take a stand. My cat just volunteered, he's sick of those commercials that claim his cat food is no good and that he must eat like a jungle cat. Really, he says he's just a normal house cat who enjoys his naps and playing with unworthy mice.So good luck to you Squeak, may your studies prove them all wrong! Best to you and yours.

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Alistair McHarg
June, 25 2013 at 3:21 pm

Dear AKA: What an exceptionally well-reasoned response! Best regards to you cat. Cheers!

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