As long as this--corporate media deception-- is allowed to continue, the political strategy, "bread and circuses" will never die. The reason? It's-- the game plan that allows the elite to do as they please uncontested by the population--as dependable as the sunrise. Especially in today's technologically distracted world of low cost infotainment and trivialities. It's rare that anyone even notices that elected officials do the exact opposite of their pre-election promises, or realize that the ruling class has become so powerful and corrupt, much more loyal to multinational corporations than to its citizen.
“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not meant, then what ought to be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and arts will deteriorate; if morals and arts deteriorate, justice will go astray; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in hopeless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything." -- ConfuciusIncreasingly, we are spending more time in virtual reality, which is basically a technological extension of the humankind and/or mind, rather than in the natural environment and/or unmediated reality (At least I know I spend far too much time in virtual reality, and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone). This further enables modern day bread and circuses to blur the line between fabrication and reality, creating a vicarious modus operandi in which people prefer quick entertainment, smoke and mirrors, and imagery to first hand participation and effort in discerning matters of substance.
“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions–everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.” -- The Roman poet Juvenal (circa 100 A.D.)