Monday, July 18, 2011

5 Comments:

Blogger dr.alistair said...

stop watching tv.

it`s pretty much the first thing i tell my clients.

do anything else. go for a walk. take a hobby. get a dog.

one can`t possibly think for one`s self if you are being bombarded with dross for hours at a time....and when you are tired the effects are compunded.

8:15 AM, July 18, 2011  
Blogger ZorroPrimo said...

I used to watch TV when I was a kid. Cartoons and such (Star Trek, Jonny Quest). All of my friends were addicted to Saturday Night Live. I never found it funny. I liked Carson. When he retired, I stopped all late night viewing.

In college I never watched TV. I have in my entire life never paid a cable bill. I just find 99% of TV to be vapid spew. Sure there are some shows (Justified, Venture Bros, Archer) that I like, but I buy them on DVD. I loathe commercials. "Edited for TV" makes my hair stand on end.

Even though I was an English major in college, the greatest course I took--truly eye-opening--was called "Media, Persuasion and Propaganda in American Life." The professor was exceptionally informed in the field of newspapers, publishing, TV and advertising. It was stunning. How headlines are chosen, which stories run on TV before others. How TV programs are bought by networks. Why some shows air at 7pm and others at 10pm.

The biggest factor is advertising. Mother of god, if people had any idea how advertising controls the airwaves, there'd be a Congressional panel on its evil impact on this country.

Kill your TV. No joke. Follow the money.

Clue #1: Women control almost 80% of this nation's disposable wealth. Stemming from that single fact, you may accurately predict the outcome in magazines, TV and films. What is broadcast is a direct result of catering to whoever has the money to spend. It's all a chase for the money.

10:20 AM, July 18, 2011  
Blogger Mister Wolf said...

The 19th Century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer called reading "thinking with other people's thoughts", so how much more so is television(and a much more pure form of it as well) thinking with other's thoughts? Typically shallow people's thoughts.

One should read sometimes...but only to augment your own thoughts and as an attempt to bring a deeper understanding of the truth. There are no Plato's, Aristotle's, Thomas Aquinas's, so on and so forth. On TV, you're lucky to get an idiot who barely understands Marx or John Rawls.

5:21 PM, July 18, 2011  
Blogger ZorroPrimo said...

I hope you mean Groucho and not Karl!

8:37 PM, July 18, 2011  
Blogger br549 said...

It's tough to find anything on television without an agenda. The most honest and straight up things one can view are commercials. You know exactly what the story is with a commercial.

4:55 AM, July 21, 2011  

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