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Bread and Circus By Tony, Mike Bamford and Guesev 1 Bread and Circus So what is bread and circus? A phrase used by a Roman writer to describe the “Two things only the people anxiously desire—bread and circuses.” The government kept the Roman populace happy by distributing free food and staging huge spectacles. Why is it used? The government uses the circus as a tool to keep the people entertained so they do not get in the way or even realize what is going on in the world. While the bread is used to keep the people happy so they do not revolt. The Bread Then • The roman empire gave out free wheat to the poor and needy so that they would stay in line and not fight the government rule. The Bread Now • Today the bread can be found in many forms, from welfare to food stamps and the soup kitchen. The Circus Then • Romans began to offer their people entertainment, as a way to gain popularity and keep the people uninformed and un concerned about the real problems. The Circus Today • Today the circus takes many forms. The TV is among the largest driver. Other things like iPods and the internet are also part of the catalogue of entertainment made to keep us dull. Effect on the Economy • The economy is dominated by entertainment services and most of them are not free nor provided by the government. This gives birth to the massive entertainment industries from sports to manufactures. Effect on the People • The whole bread and circus campaign uninevitabley leads to a dumbed down populace, a populace tied up in a never ending slew of entertainment. Leaving the people brainwashed. More than two Are we thousand years later, following and nothing has essentially changed. in Rome's Most people still don't know nor care, Footsteps about what is really ? going on behind the smokescreen.
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