It's the art of creating botnets made of human minds.
Computers can be turned into botnet zombies only because they have no will of their own to begin with. Arguing that humans can likewise be "programmed" presumes that people are purely deterministic, and cannot make independent decisions. Even if you believe that's true, it raises serious issues from an ethical standpoint; human rights are based on the assumption that humans have free will.
In other words, arguing that the media constitutes mind control is the same as arguing that there are no inherent human rights, and governments/corporations/the System/whatever are totally justified in exploiting people.
Someone invented something which otherwise would not have existed, and in return they got paid money in a chain of payments which ended up with this company. That's how capitalism works - the free trade of commodities.
Yeah, but patents aren't just based on capitalism. They're based on intellectual property legislation, and the point of that legislation is to encourage technological development. The moment that patent laws no longer bolster innovation and research, they become illegitimate. Patent trolls are clear evidence that current law does not produce innovation. If software patents had any actual value, people would use them for more than just lawsuits.
For a theory to be Science it must be falsifiable; so what would it take for one of you True Believers to reconsider your theory?
It would take a net decrease in the Earth's average temperature over an extended period of time. Cyclical climate variations should make that happen eventually, if human activities are not having an impact.
I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. - Joe Mullally, computer salesman