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Sunday, October 25, 2015

As seen on TV



Life is so different out here in the world. Living out in the woods, sometimes I forget how disconnected from contemporary culture I am.

A case in point: “As seen on TV.” I had to pick up some medications for my dad at the local mega drugstore. While wandering around all the shiny things on display I came across a huge section of stuff supposedly seen on TV. I don't even have a connection to commercial TV at my home out in the woods. My lovely wife and I do watch some Netflix shows now and then, but they don't have advertisements.

Apparently there's an awful lot of junk for sale. Maybe they look good TV with an attractive spokesperson promoting them. Just sitting there on the shelf . . . wow . . . what a lot of crap!

It's a strange world we live in. Entertainment and news is financed by the peddling of useless things built in China. No wonder our programs are so awful. Of course, there are fewer people watching less hours. Eventually the whole business model will fall apart.

I've been staying at my dad's and he has commercial TV. I watched just enough to realize advertisement is more than junk trinkets. Here in Florida it's also about doctors, lawyers, car dealerships, erectile dysfunction medication and sink hole repair.

Modern civilization looks like a shallow and trivial existence -as seen on TV.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. That's why it has been called the "idiot box". And you are right, all the news is paid for and generated by the garbage from China.

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    1. Life is a mystery sometimes. I wonder how we ever got to this point.

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  2. We dropped our cable after the last election. Watched commercial TV once in the last year. DH and I decided that there were more commercials than actual TV show content. I am so over watching TV. Actually I take that back we also watched the ball drop on New Years Eve. But that isn't like what it used to be either.

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    1. Don't you hate it when the commercials are interrupted by the program?

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  3. If it weren't for Mom liking television, I'd drop cable. I can watch nearly anything I want on the computer. I'd rather spend my time reading, ya know?

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    1. Thanks to the Internet fewer and fewer people feel the need for cable. Like you, I'd rather spend my time reading.

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  4. "Modern civilization looks like a shallow and trivial existence..." Yes it is, that is why I lean more and more towards George Carlin's attitude, "I'm just a spectator to the Freak Show. And because I was born in the USofA, I have a front row seat."

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    1. That's it exactly. George Carlin could tell the truth because he claimed to be a comic. What he said was too true to be funny in my book.

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