Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10, Text 41
Just as weapons of mass destruction can destroy thousands of bodies, weapons of mass distraction — the mass media — can destroy thousands of minds. Let’s see how.
All of us are innately pleasure-seeking. Usually, our search for pleasure is primarily driven by the mind, which searches almost exclusively at the material level. Our mind gets attracted to anything new that promises material pleasure, be it an event, object, person, concept or experience. However, the charm of newness surrounding that object soon fades and the mind loses interest in it. It gets attracted to some other new thing, and when disappointed there, to yet another new thing. Thus, the mind stays in a default distraction mode. Our mass media with its multiple TV channels and innumerable internet sites increases manifold the avenues of distraction for the mind, thereby keeping us distracted aimlessly and endlessly. Thus, the mass media act as weapons of mass distraction that destroy our mental capacity for deep thought.