It shouldn't really need to be a reply but oh well, what the he ll!
"GOOD" and "REALITY" should never be combined to describe any show.
It's a fine way to dumb down our society on a constant basis. Most of
the time we all find ourselves watching this crap because it's the only
The thing I've found more disturbing than anything else (and I find MANY
things very unsettling about the so called "reality" programs) is that growing up in the 1980's & '90's is the channels I used to respect are now filled with real life drama shows about the common people. People that I would be ashamed of knowing if I did happen to have them in my personal life. They're more like the folks I would see on COPS, or those police chase shows.
Anyone remember when A&E had shows about the ARTS and did not show DOG the Bounty Hunter (I know it's moved to another station, but it was there for many years..)? I recall them showing HAIR, and Death of A Salesmen as a part of their standard programming. Bravo was another one that focused on the arts. AMC never would have had a drama on making meth, if I may stray from the main topic for one small moment. Animal Planet is a personal pet peeve (no pun intended, but I did chuckle when I re-read this line). I saw my favorite station go into a downward spiral from educational programming to cringe worthy shows on things that would not be educational to the average 7 year old.
I could go on all day, but you get the idea.. As far as I'm concerned, the a la cart cable option where you can weed out the utterly useless stations full of punched up "reality shows" could not come soon enough!
Sadly Felix, the "Just change the channel" mantra comes from people who have already been dumbed down by being inundated daily for years by the drivel that passes for standard programming. Don't listen to them (or placate them.. they are sheeple or human lemmings. Blindly following those that herd them RIGHT OFF THE CLIFF), don't let them force you to join the new world society of idiocracy.
It can only drive you insane ..among other things stress related.
On a personal note, I went into a culture shock after not watching television for about 5 years. I just started again a year or two back. Admittedly, I streamed HIMYM/early Breaking Bad on line, and a few movies (etc,etc..) however I had NO CLUE what had gone so wrong until recently. The last I saw before boycotting television entirely, was seeing Animal Planet's Meercat Manor, now it's one of their better programs. It actually focuses on animals! I find better programs on PBS and NAT GEO wild. Thank God for Nature and NOVA!
Worst of all, our news stations are going the way of reality tv punch up. I Look to BBC news for accuracy first, because they seem to rely less on twitter and hearsay to jump the gun than American cable news networks. I miss the old CNN, and can't rely them for any breaking news. I would trust Jon Stewart more!
OOH! I love watching CNN occasionally for comic relief (I get more laughs from that than Comedy Central Stand Up now). After the Marathon Bombers, the overly thin brunette was given a microphone and couldn't find a soul to interview, so she was left to do ad lib commentary. She (and I swear I AM NOT.. I REPEAT NOT MAKING THIS UP!) said, live on television, "It's like.. like a BOMB went off in this city"!Her face was deadpan, and she never apologized for the insensitivity of the thoughtless comment, nor showed any sense of remorse! At least they had the common sense to bury the quote, and remove all the links that were put online of the video. That thing should have gone viral.
I also totally agree with you on FOX as well. I feel that most places we used to value as reliable news sources are just spewing hate, anger, and spreading their own agenda. Wasn't news supposed to be unbiased and fair? Give it 20 years and they'll be offering money for votes since their chosen candidates can't legally for themselves.
I have a 9&1/2 yr old son, and hate the world we're leaving him. His first crush is the girl who just stripped and twerked at a married man (ironically the son of THE t.v. dad of the 80's)who's in his thirties who was singing a song about "no meaning yes on a date" @ the V.M.A's. I never saw that one coming! You try your best to let your kids only see the good media influences, but even then it seems you may well have been better off letting them hang out in a strip club.
My kid is rebelling against two tattooed and pierced parents. He reminds his father that wearing shirts with swear words is upsetting to others, instituted a swear jar for his dad, got parental blocker on the t.v. so he couldn't accidentally watch something scary (he gets bad nightmares) while flipping through the channels. He is all boy, so the remote is his friend when he's allowed free t.v.time. It's ironic, a kid rebels against parents, no matter what parents are. I worked in horror films, we both love Halloween, yet unless it's in cartoon form, our son wants nothing to do with it, and he only warmed up to that about 2 years ago. We even decided to not force religion on him, and he asked at 7 years old to go to church as well as Bible camp on his Birthday. His father is an Atheist, and I was raised Catholic.
I guess it seems I've gone off topic, but it all ties together. My son is one of many of his generation. He was raised around children of Tattooists & Piercers. He's growing up with peers who have parents who tattoo or pierce. Some of them are recovering addicts. We lived in a poor ghetto for the first 3 years of his life. He loves the internet (I think he's addicted to it), and has little desire to know the outside world (his dad locks him out of the house when they do yard work so he is forced to do outdoor activities). His father hunts to feed him deer meat over the winter, and has tried to teach him (and against my better judgement), bought him his own shotgun (which is locked up, as are all their guns, in the gun safe) for hunting. They have a timeshare hunting ground in Southern Ohio to hunt on, which he has no choice but to be outside at, and do physical labor there). He refuses to to kill an animal. He's taken a stand against his father because he wants to be a vet, to save lives, not kill them. I think our kids are far different than we were, far stronger and more willing to think for themselves.
Maybe the internet and television are not the enemy if we teach them moderation. I've taught him to love to read, which helps open him up to more than spoon fed entertainment. E.B. White's Charlotte's Web, and Judy Blume's kid's books are some of his favorites. I think I'm going to get him "Where The Red Fern Grows" next..
He definitely likes church functions, and asks a lot of questions regarding the stories of the Bible, so I figure he's paying attention and it's being processed by him.
I explained that the more he reads it, there will be more questions than answers. He hates that I can use it back on him when he's misbehaving.
Like when he says the ever popular "what ever" I tell him he's breaking the commandment to honor his mother and father. So it comes in handy occasionally.
I was just discussing on another board that if you'd like to get some "real horror"just read Revelations! The so called "Angels" are deeply, nightmare inducing and horrifying! There is one who is a so called "cherub". This little freak has multiple wings,and [bA THOUSAND EYES! NOT ONLY THAT.. HE SCREAMS HIS PRAISED OF THE LORD, TRAPPED FOR ETERNITY UNDER THE THRONE OF GOD.AND (get this) IF ANYONE HEARS HIM, THEY WILL BE DRIVEN INSANE!][/b] Now he's one of many nightmares in Heaven.. "Gabriel shouldnever come blow his horn!" It will blow off every head that hears it, not to mention exploding their hearts through their chests..
Just read the Bible and that books literal interpretations. Heaven is not exactly the promised land for everyone.