Here I go again, whacking the hornets nest, as my friend Greg says. But sometimes I just can’t resist.
The other day, I mentioned in my RV blog that Dish Network and the Fox Network dweebs have gotten into a pissing match over rates, the result being that we have lost the FX channel, which is one of my favorites. I posted the same thing on one of the RV forums I frequent.
I guess that I should not have been surprised by the e-mails I got in response, and the comments on the forum. One person said he would be happy when the entire Fox Network went belly up, and somebody else jumped in to defend Fox, and before long it deteriorated into the same old tired arguments about the Tea Party, the liberal media hiding the truth, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and President Obama’s supposedly bogus birth certificate (because “everybody knows he isn’t an American citizen”). How the hell did we get there from a simple comment about losing a single TV channel?
I won’t even begin to wade into the quagmire, because there is no winning, no matter which position I take. The folks who believe Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and the rest of the Fox conservative talk show clowns walk on water are convinced that their cause is true and pure. Just as the hard core liberals, who worship the likes of Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller, and Thom Hartmann know that if you don’t welcome illegal aliens into this country with open arms, and if you expect people to actually work for a living, you must be some kind of paranoid gun toting redneck.
There is no middle ground with so many people these days. They all know that whatever position their favorite talk show host takes is gospel. I guess that way, they don’t have to think for themselves. It reminds me of the old saying “My mind’s made up, don’t confuse me with facts.”
And that’s okay. Save those brain cells for when you really need them. I mean, what if we lost all programming for a week or two? People’s heads might implode!
Folks, TV and radio (and this blog) are 99% entertainment! Whether it be your favorite sitcom, a football game, or a talk show. They’re all showmen whose jobs are to get ratings, which in turn sells advertising. It doesn’t matter if those ads are million dollar 30 second blurbs on a political talk show, a Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, or yes, even the little Google ads on this blog.
And if something is entertaining and makes you think at the same time, that’s an added bonus. But when you begin to believe everything you see on a TV screen or hear on a radio program, whether that be believing that real life cops solve crimes in 60 minutes like they do on Law & Order, or whatever crapola the talk shows hosts are shoveling today, that’s when it becomes a dangerous thing.
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