television thought

I grew up watching TV . I watched way too much TV when I was a kid . I have a TV set now ( only one ) but Ada and I cut our reception of the great world of programming a few years ago . We watch movies on Netflix on our set nowadays and that’s it .

No more Comedy Channel . No more Turner Classic Movies . No more local news. No more 24-hour right-wing and left wing cable “news” . I used to switch back and forth to try to get the two perspectives .

I never was a big sports fan , and most of the programming packages seemed to focus on how many sports channels would come with the package , so I couldn’t get excited about paying for what I wouldn’t use . We were finally ready to cut the TV cord .

Oh , and sit-coms , of course , are part of the TV experience . One of my sisters can sing you any of the theme songs from any of our childhood favorite shows . People still watch sit-coms , I know . I think I had enough of that during my childhood .

Side story :

I had a roommate in college who suggested that we buy a TV for the apartment. I told him that I don’t watch TV so I wasn’t interested . He excitedly told me that he’d found a shop where we could “rent-to-buy” a TV and we could do it for only 10 dollars per month .

He was so excited and into it that I reluctantly agreed to chip in half of the cost . After all , it wasn’t much . After he made the deal with the shop he informed me that he had made a down payment for the TV and it would now be up to me to pay the entire monthly payment . I forget how many years that would go for . Forever , I guess. I disagreed with his underhanded plot . Not gonna happen. He assured me that the TV would be ours at the end .

No , since he had signed the contract the TV would eventually be his , but I would have paid for it . I pointed this out to him and since I didn’t swear in those days , my little admonition was missing some choice expletives that I would most likely add as emphasis these days . Anyway , the deal was off .

Oh , and how about soap operas ! Once I was in a restaurant with friends when a friend of theirs walked over to the table . There were questions asked back and forth about emergency rooms , and when the funeral would happen , and how sad that this all happened so soon after the divorce . Names were mentioned . Would So-and-So finally marry So-and-So , even though the ex is still in the picture ?

It was all shocking stuff . I was a little embarrassed to be eavesdropping on their private lives. When the friend left us , I asked my companions about all of the tragic events just discussed . I felt quite awkward broaching the subject of these sad happenings , only to find out that it was all TV soap opera drama . They had been excitedly discussing the latest episode . I felt duped , somehow , and they giggled at my mistaken take on the histrionic conversation with their friend .

But I cheat a little these days . TVs are attached to the exercise machines at the YMCA . As I walk along going nowhere on the treadmill I watch the TV news . Got news for you , most of what they call news nowadays is not , but it’s a mild form of entertainment for me for a few minutes most days.

I get most of my news from people/organizations/sources with an ax to grind . Chips on their shoulders. That’s just the way it is these days . It’s not that I don’t believe any of it . Most times the so-called news is loosely based on fact . It’s just that I can’t take any of it on face value . A person’s got to be a critical thinker .

Finding the truth these days is like panning for gold . There might be a little nugget in there somewhere . It’s gonna take a lot of effort . It’s gonna take a lot of swirling around of the other stuff before you find it if it’s there . Too often it isn’t.

” And whether you’re an honest man , or whether you’re a thief , depends on which solicitor has given you the brief . ” — Ben Franklin

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5 responses to “television thought

  1. “A person’s got to be a critical thinker.”
    That’s a radical prescription for this country, Dan. I’m not sure if we’re up to that particular challenge. Do you think they’ll write two versions of history as we move forward?

  2. This article is Classic Dan. Serious messages conveyed with a sense of twisty humor. I much enjoyed reading your mind.

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