Since images are superficially perceptible at a faster rate than words, they can more effectively be used to bait and overwhelm perception. When images are speeded up, we tend to contract them (in a sort of persistence of the lack of vision), and receptors are blocked open so that hidden meanings can get in under the conscious level. When this happens, communication becomes Control, a tool used by the powerful against the powerless. This has become a part of the science of public relations and the management of consent.
To subvert this mechanism, to break into the Grey Room, requires some very sophisticated perceptual hacking, as well as some old-fashioned teleological shelter from the storm.
It also requires the clarifications of memory. When people talk about the Information Age, I always think that what we’re really living in is the Age of Forgetting. More information (not to speak of knowledge) is being lost now than at any time in history. Every time we switch to a new storage medium, that medium is invariably less stable than the previous one, which is made obsolete so that we can no longer read or access the information it contains. And this destabilization of memory is accelerating at an astonishing rate.
So one way to resist and subvert Control is to activate and recover memory."