We are in the midst of a nonfunctioning communication system. That is to say, all the radio, television, newspapers, and so on–all the information everybody is being given–is really useless because there is nothing you can do about it.

Furthermore, there is a vast difference between the world that is and the world that is described. We assume that the world of television, newspapers, movies, books, reviews, Time, Newsweek, represents what is actually happening because we have been acclimatized to the literary culture of a Western industrial state.

It is nothing of the kind.

Just as your opinion of yourself is not yourself, the news is not what is happening. It is a particularly slanted view of what is going on, the expression of the limited intellects of politicians and reporters.