I watch TV, so do my kids. Like any good parent, I keep an eye on what programming they watch. Programming, a fitting word isn't it? You see, as a
semi-intelligent adult, I come equipped with a highly efficient BS filter. It's true, I do!. The little rugrats, however, do not. That shiny box
hanging on the wall is highly efficient as well. It is efficient at downloading all kinds of things into my little terrors minds. We all know this of
course, so I'll get to the point...
Society responds incredibly well to television. The general population relies on it for everything...news, fashion, politics, sports, hell, people
even attend church by via television. It has it's claws in us. It directly influences everyone I know, especially the sheeple friends of mine. They
will spend hours hypnotized by shows like American Idol that fill up their DVR. Now, they couldn't tell you a thing about what really goes on in this
world, because they are entertained, they are appeased. Plus, they did get a chance to watch the news sandwiched between Law and Order and Letterman
so they feel like they are up to date on current events. I mean, the news never lies...
Curious about UFOs? No need to investigate or research the topic for yourself...just watch an episode of UFO files or the like. You'll get your fix,
you'll even walk away feeling satisfied that you have learned something. Hell, you may even genuinely feel like there could be a government cover up.
But will you demand accountability from your government? Nope. You are tired, you don't have the energy. I mean, you did work all day and it's time
to relax. Not to mention, your favorite show is about to come on. If there is some proof of aliens, it'll be on the 5 o'clock news anyways.
On the fence about the whole religion thing? Interested in answers about our past? Try 'Ancient Aliens.' It will show you how extra-terrestrial
races came to visit our planet thousands of years ago and helped to evolve the mush brained upright primates. I do actually like that show...
How about who to vote for in the election? Do you want to know which candidate best fits your core values and stance on the major issues? Well, there
are actually several different news stations that are completely biased one way or the other and will passionately convince you that there is actually
a two-party system that compete and oppose each other. Yep, they will even tell you that it depending on who wins the election, the country could
either perish or rise to new found heights.
Who's the bad guy...the Jews or the Arabs? Watch CNN...
Who's responsible for 9/11??? The terrorists! After all, they gotta have support for the Homeland Security and Patriot Acts! The ridiculous wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq are just a perk.
...and the list goes on, you get the point.
Oh, I forgot to mention. Blood-sucking killers, shape shifting monsters, adultery, serial killers, teenage sex, perversion, moonshiners, and
prostitution are all really, really, cool. How do I know? Duh, check the ratings.
Personally, I'd much rather spend time researching the things that I feel like are really important. I know it's my responsibility to educate
myself, not relying on someone else for that task. I'll continue to turn on the occasional football game, but I see television for what it is. A tool
to placate the masses.
I know I can't win, but I can do my part. I'll keep being the guy my friends make fun of because "I'll believe anything." I'll keep trying to
wake them up. That's the best I can do.