Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nothing on Televison

You flip the channel, sticking to network television, and you land on what used to be good news programming (20/20) now reduced to the level of tabloid tv. Okay, let's try the cable channels. MTV, Music Television, what? Not music? But yet another reallity TV. CNN: Will the United States go to war or not? Sports: Re-run of last weeks game, okay that might be entertaining.The other channels that are left after you weed out the 12 shopping networks (great, my wife will prolly run the credit card bill through the roof) you are left with just a few nestalgic channels, movie channels (sex, sex, sex, and more sex) or just turning the thing off.Long gone are the days when you could turn on the tv and be entertained. All and the Family, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, all these shows dealt with the human condition, but lacked one thing, realitiy. You knew it was a show and had a laugh. Now someone has come up with the idea of airing a family's life as a sitcom. Not very appealing if you ask me. I highly recomend picking up a good book and switching off the tube. Read the classics. Discover the talents of a new writer. You will be surprised at how much time will go by when you are reading. You will gain the much needed escape from the world you are looking for.Now I'm not saying we don't need to know what is going on around us. News is still important. Find out what's going on in the world. Learn about those places that are in the news, you will be surprised at what you will find.One last thing, instead of watching to see if that blonde brainless twit on Married by America makes it to the end of the series, spend some time with your family or your friends instead. Have a game night. Go for a drive. Take a walk. Do something. Just don't let the ratings of these poorly thought out shows be high enough they will stick around. Next thing you know, you will have televised exicutions, just bringing us one step closer to Roman style entertainment and remember what happened to Rome.
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