Thursday, November 18, 2010
Mind-Poison Consumption, Fading?
That's a heartwarming news story if I ever saw one!
I do wonder what it is that's making the lumpen masses tune out.
Might it be the ever-diminishing quality of color TV programming? The ubiquity of offensive, inverted TV characters?
How about the escalating cost? Especially in this imploding economy...
The substitution effect in favor of Netflix, Headbook.com, Marginalizing Morons, and web-programming like Hulu.com?
Might it be that within our aging population, the 'old coots' are now soooo old that their increasing inability to *get the cable box and the TV both 'ON' at the same time* has made them fed up with Cablevision, Comcast, Charter, and Time Warner? Plus, a lot of them are literally dying off from the pig flu pandemic!
OR, could it possibly be that Americans are finally realizing that television is unadulterated *mind poison*?
My guess is the decline is due to all of the above - save perhaps the last one.
I'll tell you what....a funny thing happens when one terminates a lifetime of color TV ingestion.
You know how since public cigarette smoking has been essentially banned and taxed out of existence....you know how now when someone lights up 50 feet away you can instantly smell it on account of a newfound, conditioned hypersensitivity?
Well that's how my wife and I are now with the cacophony of a blaring television - it pollutes a room like a pack of burning Camels....or a juicy drive-by flatulation.
I can't stand CNN blasting in airport lounges and take immediate evasive action. Nor can I stand hearing that little TV blast away in the back of NYC taxis, in the barbershop, in doctors' waiting rooms, etc.
Shoot, a dozen years ago I could and did often sit at a table of 10 smokers and not care an iota.
And back then I would regularly enjoy watching lo-def color TV for hours on end...