That's what George Orwell thought.
I don't watch tv for that exact reason, Television, radio etc is all a form of hypnosis, takes you out of logical thoughts and replaces them with emotional reactions. If you don't believe me then look back at what you would consider a great film, tv show, or song and tell me how does it make you feel.
Not everybody watches tv, and what the mass does only affects those who want to be apart of the mass. These days people are turning away from the mass and pursuing their own individual needs. I'm not sure what it is like in america, but this is what its like in England. :/
not mine if they where controlling you how would you be asking