2012 and Mass Communications

October 20, 2009

Columbia Pictures’ new movie, 2012, is connected to many forms of mass communication, both ancient and new.  The most obvious of these is the movie itself, a disaster movie shrouded in a popular myth, yet others are directly related as well, such as the Mayan Calendar itself, television, radio, newspapers, internet blogs, and print media.  Many of these media outlets either promote the movie directly or promote it indirectly by generating buzz around the controversy.

The focal point of this entire media storm is the Mayan Calendar itself.  An astronomical wonder, considering the difference in technology between their culture and our modern one (perhaps they weren’t as “primitive” as we are led to believe).  It is divided into units called baktun, the current of which will happen to end on December 21, 2012.  This end was a significant event for the ancient Maya, though they not once said it was a disaster of any sort; however, they did say it would mark a changing point for humanity.  This is a crux of modern discussions.  Modern scientists have begun to study the actual astronomical events which precipitate this change, the most significant of which is the alignment of the sun and the galactic center.  So the Mayans knew their stuff.

And now, with our age of mass communication, the whole world can partake in this frenzy and put in their two cents.  Supposedly, the world might end on that day.  People don’t know what to believe, or they panic, or they become skeptical, or they make movies to capitalize on others’ fears.  Television and internet are huge in this regard.  With the movie generating such buzz, television talk shows are suddenly discussing whether the world will end or not, and people are posting videos to YouTube telling everyone that they think it’s all a big hoax.  Morning radio DJ’s are talking about it, too.  It’s everywhere, and it’ll only snowball as the dreaded date gets closer.  Posters spring up advertising an aircraft carrier smashing the White House.  A random guy might pop up on the street corner downtown and preach to the world that they’re all going to die and that the Lord saved him.  People’s obsession with this sort of subject will perpetuate the situation until, at last, December 21, 2012, comes and goes.  And that’s what I think it’ll do.

While I do give much credit to the ancient Maya and their fantastic astronomical achievements, and to their prophecy that something will change, I think that by and large the whole thing is a big distraction, a diversion to keep people from discovering a higher level of consciousness.  Thus, this movie is but a pawn in that sequence.  There is enough information out there that the general population knows something’s up, but how they perceive it and feel about it affects what happens.  Control people’s perceptions and you control them.  So, a certain group of unnamed people who know about what’s going on will want to stir the general pot.  They engineer the release of a movie like this.  They whip up hysteria.  Oh my God, what’s going to happen?  A section of the population will completely buy in to the belief that humanity will change for the better.  Another section will become even more religiously fanatic than they already are and proclaim that the world is going to end.  Most of the people out there will say, “That’s a load of B.S.”  And when the date comes and goes with no real effect, just like Y2K did, everyone will move on and shut their minds off to the whole thing.  “Oh, it was a hoax after all.”  “See?  I told you.  Now hand me the remote.”  And they will have been effectively controlled all the more.  Get people to believe that actual significant energetic events like this are all a crock and say goodbye to any higher form of thought.

And then the Mayan 2012 phenomenon will go down in history as just another one of those hokey beliefs that is clearly “not” scientific.  The Mayan people, who already are annoyed at the misconceptions this media buzz is creating, will have to shrug and move on, also believing that their own calendar is just another oddly accurate scientific tool with no other meanings.  This, to me, is sad but inevitable.  And this so-called “cinematic event” will only help to fuel people in their misguided views.  Shame.  The action might be good, though.  Let’s all go and see it, and be enlightened.

Sources:  http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2007-03-27-maya-2012_n.htm

http://www.history.com/content/armageddon

http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/2012/

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One Response to “2012 and Mass Communications”

  1. Cissie said

    You always pass failure on the way to success.

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