Propaganda, trivia, and locality comprise the content and processes of the minds of Americans. Trivia is arguably a form of propaganda, but it’s a nihilistic type. In the barrage of propaganda and trivia Americans are subjected to and subject themselves to, they turn to their locality, their family and friends, for value and meaning.
Propaganda is defined as how some corruptive power wants our minds to work and what it should be filled with. The main propaganda source in the United States (and elsewhere) is the Elite, which is comprised of the mainstream media, the corporations (with their propaganda branches of advertising, marketing, and public relations), and the federal government. The mainstream churches (especially the megachurches) have been making a push toward joining this grouping. Once the separation between church and state is fully broken down that will likely happen.
While propaganda is a positive experience (positive in the sense of being something of substance) trivia is the flip side of the propaganda coin. Trivia is a negative experience designed to fill in the gaps where propaganda does not exist. Trivia is meant to be forgotten, as in “What was the score of the football game this week?” It’s replaced with more trivia in a neverending cycle, often as simple as “What was the score of the football game this week?” Illegal drugs with their short effects and forgotten states which must be repeated often are a kind of psychological trivia.
In an increasingly insular and privatized world, Americans are turning more and more to locality to serve as a panacea for the condition of their world and mind. Friends and family are becoming more important.
If this continues, this will result in the downfall of civic society, which is about a whole lot more than “friends and family”. People will form themselves into tribes (the combination of friends and family) which live for the tribe and see all others as outsiders. This will lead to the destruction of the modern secular world. Not that that appears to be worrying any of the hundreds of millions of Americans engaged in this process.