You turn on the TV hoping to have a little break from every day activities when what should appear but “Married by America” or “Hot or Not”. Two shows that have no entertainment value whatsoever save for the fact that they play right into a sector of America that likes that sort of thing.
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 reality 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 nostalgic 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. Pick up God’s word and explore it affresh. 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.
Just my rants, you can agree with me or not, I don’t care. Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to go and re-read the Dune novels and tell my children I love them.
(This is a post I wrote on an old blog that doesn’t exist any more, I believe it was written around 2004.)
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