I was channel surfing with my husband, Norman when we started to observe various disturbing patterns coming from our flat screen.
1. Tons of loud commercials that were vary repetitive. We counted 12-15 commercials that lasted at least five minutes after five minutes of programing. Talk about A.D.D.! You got so bored that 9 times out of 10 you stopped watching the program that you were watching to search for something else. Commercials are no longer an intermission after a long bit of programing that gives the viewer a break, but a constant noise of seamlessly unending chatter.
2. The bill of goods being sold. Do you seem to notice the amount of food commercials in the mid to late evening? No wonder there are fat Americans! We are shown food every five minutes after our last meal. If your nerves are rev’d up after watching by the latest reports of aint it a shame news, you are bound to stuff your face with bon bons and more! Then there are all the drugs being sold that politely suggest that you should talk to your doctor for a subscription to cure your depression, make you sleep better, be more sexually virile, and ache less! But if you listen to that smiling caution you may realize that worse health is in the bargain. Of course, there is more fear selling: like gold and insurance for everything that goes wrong in your life. So you better chill those fears with being cool with the latest alcoholic beverage and drive responsibly while you at it. Of course plugging into your growing insecurities is any product that will jack up your vanity.
3. The programming. You know, I do like a good mystery now and then but…the programming where we see one crime after another with night after night maiming, shooting, stabbing, and more with its victims laying on stainless steel tables is on overload! I don’t care what time of day it is, the TV is like the colosseum of ancient Rome with some kind of violence on every other channel. Like in a Clock Work Orange violent images flicker into our brains only without force. If not violence, there is all kinds of betrayal, lying, and bullying, and mental and verbal abuse we can take in as well. Oh, and then there is the TALKING HEADS! People with no brains talking about stuff they don’t know and pontificating! They smile like lobotomized victims as they report the latest gossip or act of violence. No wonder people are turning to food, drugs, and alcohol! And that is just a start! Even the weather channel that I use to like because it just did its job in just reporting the weather, had to change to more bobbing blond heads talking crap about other stuff other than the weather. The TV shows of today lack creative writing and plot using formula while writing around numerous commercial breaks. This kills any prospect of real entertainment.
My head was starting to have a slow dull ache. Thoughts of food and Advil as solutions to stave off the oncoming pain and depression came to mind. Then an alternative solution popped into my head… turn off the TV and start enjoying life. Yes it is possible! Be with friends, read a book, do a craft project, take a class, exercise, play with your children, grandchildren or pets. There are so many alternatives and you will feel better!