This was a song from the great Colonel Bruse Hampton, a legendary musician many outside of serious music circles have never heard of. In it he listed a bunch of things he was basically frightened of.
One of which was “People who think TV is real”.
Now…I haven’t had cable or similar service for 20+/- years, and really haven’t watched tv much since I grew up with 3 channels to choose from. But I am currently travelling, visiting family, and a TV is often on in the house. And I’m not “basically frightened” – I’m downright terrified.
What passes for news, what passes as entertainment…the “hot shows” I hear so much about…the commercials…what passes for “news” these days- and what topics they decide to discuss as well as how they discuss them…
Or maybe I’m more scared by just how much tv americans watch- 35hrs a week – almost a full time job.
Really- americans love to bitch and moan about their leaders- about the other party, about…well…damn near everything. When I think the truth is as close as the nearest mirror.