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TV whores.

television is not smack.
it is unecessary.
it is usually vile.
it is mind numbing.
it is not your baby sitter.
it is not entertainment.
it is not informative.
it is double speak and advertising
it is a numbing agent
it is just like that scene in A Clockwork Orange.... except the tv whores don't need to be tied down and forced. They're into the submission. They're into being made dead from the neck up.
So, drink some beers, have some pork rinds, plop your ass in front of the tv.
Go on.
People who flip out when they miss a show or can't get to a tv....
people who actually get ANGRY when you keep them away from the tube for too long.
People who run in the house and turn on the tv, first thing, and sigh like the first cig after 2 days of shaking abstinence.
People who wake up in the morning, and turn on the tv and have to have it on. In the room, out of the room.. not even in the damned house... there's the tv.

I don't know when I developed this complete LACK of dependency.
But I'm *glad* I don't know what's going on on allie mcbeal. I'm glad I've got no idea about... well... anything... on the sopranos. And I am sooooo immesurably greatful that I never ever have wanted to watch buffy the vampire slayer.

I don't think enough mockery and derision is heaped upon the tv whores.
They should be just as reviled as trekkies or hard core gamers.
Can you spew your THACO off the top of your head?
Can you name more than 5 gaming systems?
Can you tell me the episode numbers/titles to more than 10 episodes of star trek?
Have you ever gotten the autograph of a member of the starship enterprise?
Did you frame it?
Do you know what's coming on tv tonight?
Are you going to work your social life around that schedule?
Will you be pissed off if anyone makes you miss a show?
Would several hours WITHOUT a tv in your home make you want to kill?


kind of opinionated today.
(not really)


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 28th, 2001 04:26 pm (UTC)
Damn, I feel old listening to you rant about this stuff. I'm so old, I don't remember what my main character's THAC0 was-- not because I wouldn't, but because the term didn't exist yet. I'm so old, I *might* be able to remember ten Trek episode names-- because when I was watching it, it wasn't that wierd to go watch Star Trek.

Oh, yeah, TV being worthless... yeah, it is, pretty much. When Harlan Ellison wrote
    The Glass Teat
thirty years ago, there was still some cause to think that maybe it would turn out to be a real art form, that could be enjoyed in an intelligent fashino; I don't think there is, anymore.
May. 28th, 2001 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry...
I'm sure you're better for the not remembering, hun. I'm sure of it.

Even for the purposes of entertainment (unless you're into the sort of entertainment that's also a sad sorry state of affairs. Watching things that make you shake your head, that repulse you and let yourself say that you watch it because it's funny...) it's way off the mark.
I think you have to be very willing to shut down your brain in order to absorb huge quantities of it.
I know many people who make it a point to catch a show here and there (mostly those in love with the simpsons, futurama and king of the hill)... that's not who I'm talking about.
When you find yourself on the brink of mental collapse because you're cable's been knocked out for a few hours, it's time to play thoureau and confine yourself to the woods for a few months.
May. 28th, 2001 06:20 pm (UTC)
For someone I've heard listen to MTV as much as you...

Ok so you were probably just bored with talking to ME at the time, but yeah. ;)
May. 28th, 2001 07:03 pm (UTC)
That's probably the most TV I've watched in a month.
And we were looking for people to compare.
And that's just unfair.
And I'm going to whine now.
And uh ... stuff.
May. 28th, 2001 11:05 pm (UTC)
The only prevention against MTV is abstinence.
May. 28th, 2001 06:25 pm (UTC)
Pacification Agent Extraordinaire
Some collected thoughts on the topic of television.
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