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Sat Feb 25, 2012, 01:12 PM

3. Entertainment can be

an addiction to distraction -- something that fills the void between sleeping and working, for many.

It can be considered part and parcel of the current cultural dynamic and reveals both a reflection and a reinforcement of said. It becomes predominantly circular and the effect is similar to Baudrillard's Simulation where the various media weave a form of hyper-reality that is experienced as "more real than real".

Today's avid consumer of entertainment swims in a sea of created truth interspersed with its corresponding falsehoods and convenient fictions. A relentless, turbid sea of entertainments and information-as-product has the capacity to dilute what may be vital or essential via cascading waves of current, topical focus.

When a barrage of fabrication strikes us in the midst of the complexity and struggle of modern life, we might be said to be subject to a fight or flight response. In this case, the appeal of imagination and phantasy, (no matter what conceptual guise it takes) becomes a compelling inducement to escape into entertainment and media-induced meditation on the objects and ideas proffered.

When we cannot escape by method or means, then, like drugs and other forms of addiction, we are able to purchase a temporary form of pseudo-liberation available in copious amounts, in place of other activity, contemplation or actions.

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