local newspaper had an editorial in it tonight that warmed the cockles of my
heart. It was about the talking heads on TV who ramble on, hour-after-hour,
day-after-day, week-after-week about Jessica Lynch, Scott and Lacy Peterson, and
now, Michael Jackson. This perversion of TV News has no news to report...
nothing new to say... , but manages to keep a menagerie of chubby couch potatoes
glued to their TV sets listening to the same-old same-old, hour-after-hour,
day-after-day, week-after-week, while their minds and bodies slowly waste away.
Meanwhile, in the small letters at the bottom of their TV screens was the news
that, among other things, China is threatening again to invade Taiwan: China: Taiwan independence means war.
Rockets were fired from donkey carts in Baghdad today at the Sheraton Ishtar
hotel. (That may have appeared in the five o'clock news.) But the really
important news, such as what was learned today about cancer or heart disease,
about new methods of manufacturing nanotube materials, about the discovery of a
new type of particle that fails to fit the Standard Model, about the fact that
India, with help from Russia, plans to land an astronaut on the Moon by 2015, or
about the fact that the number of people in South America who are living
on less than $2 a day is rising... this didn't make it into the news
It never does.
Are people addicted to this kind of mindless TV?
Do you suppose that the alien-conspiracy buffs are right?... the aliens from Hanger 51 actually have taken over, and are diverting the U. S. populace from critical thought? (Just kidding. Just kidding.)
Phrases like "bread and circuses", and the proles come to mind.
Anyway, it was a good article.