My TV is via a major UK cable provider/telephone company that is as diverse in its associated company portfolio as the need for its proprietor to be
in the public eye, whatever his escapade is at any given point in time.
The programmes available are repeated on a daily basis depending on which channel you select and on some days the same programme can end up being
simultaneously transmitted on 4 or more channels.
News, if that can be what it is called, on the BBC, is a series of portrayals of events with 'reporters' answering a pre-rehearsed list of
Reality shows pervade the airways like a sick reflection of society, after all, this is what the hordes thrive upon and seek their few moments of fame
if they can appear on the screen themselves.
I used to watch Deadly Catch but that became a repetitive portrayal of megalomaniac skippers and masochistic crewmen albeit earning large amount of $
if they caught the crabs!
Sport is more $ than common sense! just look at what top footballers salaries are, and on field disrespect for authority or the opposing team reflects
the character of many who support it.
Occasionally along comes a dream of a wildlife documentary with fantastic images depicted on the screen, then you find out that the Polar Bear snow
cave sequence was a fake. Although the latest series portraying dolphins in the wild was a success with the various fake animals they used as cameras
producing some incredible and previously unseen dolphin film.
The answer for me has been a return to my public library obtaining a cross section of books from fiction through non-fiction and occasional
biographies, depending on who it is, combined with greater use of the internet with the use of sites such as ATS amongst others, improving open source
research such as tapping into the Library of Congress, brilliant site, and some interest in sites such as Al Jazeera. I also follow a good cross
section of sites such as Greenpeace, 38 degrees, taxpayers Alliance, Change.org and similar.
With ATS, it is soon apparent who is talking sense, who is spoiling for a fight, thread divert or trolling generally. Soap box orators with no
substance or depth are relatively easy to spot, the challenge is to pick your way through the mire and discover the nuggets that exist, well
referenced and well balanced, like a coin with 2 sides, they portray both supportive and contradictory facts and allow the member to make their own
So, TV, as we old fogies know it, is but a shadow of its former self, and yes, I remember my favourite programmes from the 50's and 60's childhood
on a small black and white screen and a fascination for watching 'the spot' disappear on the cathode ray tube after the power was switched off and
wondering what it was and where it went! Also, as time progressed some famous events were watched in awe, particularly the first Moon landing,
Churchills funeral, Mandelas release.
Yes, TV is a shadow of its former self, but I agree and understand why.