The Idiot Box
You turn on the TV hoping to have a little break from every day activities when what should appear but “Dancing with the Stars” or “Survivor”. Two shows that seem to appeal to large portion of the population but bore some of us to tears.
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 (than goodness my wife and I don’t get into these channels) you are left with just a few nostalgic channels, movie channels (sex, sex, sex, and more sex) or just turning off the blasted thing. There is a reason that Heinlein always called televisions “the idiot box”.
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, reality. 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 recommend 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 afresh. 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. Just don’t rely on lame-stream media to give you the full picture. Dig into the coverage for yourself, see what others have to say about the issues of the day.
One last thing, instead of watching to see if that quirky nut-job gets voted off the island, 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 executions, 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 family I love them.