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Dec 28, 2011 | 2 comments

World War Two Beach Patrol, Oysterville

     I don’t know what throws me into the greatest tizzy these days, the news or the commercials.  For the most part, we find very little time to watch television – maybe an hour or so a day and mostly “Wheel of Fortune” or “Jeopardy” or re-runs of old sit-coms.  Anything non-violent, non-controversial, and non-zombie/vampire or otherwise terrifying.  You know, like in the old days when TV was synonymous with entertainment and the news and even commercials were actually informative.
     But every once in awhile we lull ourselves into thinking that we should catch up with what’s happening beyond the rather limited confines of our lives.  After all, we do live in Oysterville and, on a day-to-day basis, we are pretty insulated from the real world.  So, we convince ourselves that we need to tune into a news channel or to a Murder-and-Mayhem-Report as we prefer to call those programs.  Last night was one of those occasions and, as always, it was a Big Mistake.
     We “learned” that the Middle East is still in turmoil.  It looks like trouble is escalating once again in Iraq, things are not going well in Egypt and we seem to be keeping a close eye on Syria.  There was lots of pontificating by “observers” concerning the need for “dialogue between factions” and that the only way for lasting peace is “through negotiation.”  Well, duh!  That certainly is a revelation!  Hasn’t that thought been around since, say, the time of Aristotle?
     On the national front we learned that the “wealth gap” (whatever that is) between our government leaders and the populace has increased dramatically.  “They” have a median net worth (whatever that is) of $725,000 as compared to the net worth of us “average” people of $20,600.  Not a big eye-opener, somehow, but pretty depressing.
     And then, as the Republicans gear up for next year’s presidential election, there is the curious situation of all those Mormon commercials.  They are beautifully done, interesting, and make me feel a friendly camaraderie with each of the featured individuals.  Is it just paranoia that makes me wonder if this big proselytizing campaign is coordinated with Mitt Romney’s bid for the nomination?
     I’m seriously thinking of making a No TV Resolution for 2012.  We can think of that big black box as the Netflix Center.  There are lots of old sit-coms to catch up on and a zillion old movies.  Maybe even some new movies that are non-violent, non-controversial, and non-zombie/vampire or otherwise terrifying…  And no commercials.

2 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Sydney, you are spot on on all counts. I, too, would like to just go away and hide until the general election. And now we’ve got Iran threatening to close the Straits of Hormuz. It’s probably hyperbole, but such action could cause another war because of our addiction to oil. At the very least I’m taking a TV news vacation. Dave records the programs we actually like and we can fast forward through the warm and fuzzy Mormon commercials.

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  2. Kathleen Shaw

    I gave up television in late September 2001 as part of a budget cut. In the midst of all the post-9/11 budget cuts and business closures, I lost the late shift and the accompanying shift differential. Bye-bye cable TV! I don’t miss it one bit, although I’m clueless during most of the office chit chat, but our Timberland Regional Library is so fabulous that I definitely keep entertained. Sure don’t miss campaign commercials!

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