So… I am out of work hurt with my injured back. Intense and extreme pain is now part of my daily experience. Not nice. If you were ever tempted to injure your back just to see what this feels like, I would vehemently recommend against it! It is particularly unpleasant.
People are telling me here, there and everywhere, to write a book! “We all know you can write”, they say. “You have a way with words. Suddenly you have time, so… now is your opportunity. Write a book, fer fawks sake!” Well I thought about it. I know I CAN sometimes write, but it is not something that I really have a lot of control over. I often sit down in front of the computer and I start to write about one subject, and moments later I am drawn in a totally different direction as the thoughts flow out and I simply type away not really thinking about the results. So write a book? I dunno. What should I say? Where is the inspiration? All I do these days is go for the therapy treatments for my back and then veg out for most of the day.
The doctors don’t want me doing anything physical or strenuous, so I tend to spend some time on the computer, but then I can’t sit for too long, so I do some exercises. Then I may make a tea or a coffee and then I sometimes sit on a soft chair, which seems to give me the most pain relief. When I sit in a soft chair, I have a serious and real problem on my hands: what do I watch on TV. An often impossible question.
I am not a cook. I am not a dancer. I am not a desperately impatient single guy dying to meet and marry a perfect looking woman from a dozen or so candidates on TV. I care not to live for several weeks in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills to see if I can handle various tasks and overcome them at the expense of my competitors or peers. I have no interest in running around the globe trying to unscramble puzzling clues and running off to the next physical challenge which may involve climbing naked, face first, down a multi-storey building in central Los Angeles or downtown Mumbai or some suchlike pointless endeavor. I often stumble upon some of those shows and it takes ALL of my wits and might to stop myself from tearing the TV off the wall and firing it through the window and jumping into my truck and driving over the TV back and forth, back and forth, back and forth……. Ok, I can feel calm sweeping over me now. It’s ok, I will be alright. Think happy thoughts….
I ask you is there any TV broadcast in the history of television more insulting to the cerebral cortex of the average punter than these brain melting, intelligence sucking, soul killing, profoundly annoying, irritating, irrational, TV shows???? Unbelievable. I don’t want to have my intelligence insulted on a daily basis thank you very much. Have we as a society stooped this low? Really? This is now classified as entertainment?
Its value as reasonable entertainment television programming is akin to regurgitated excrement.
The really sad thing is that the more of this garbage that is created, the more it is accepted and the more desensitized or immune we become to just how bad it really is. And it is not just the subject matter that is the problem. It is the way that the whole show is presented to the viewing public. The greatest offenders of this particular presentation problem are the entertainment programs.
They show you a video clip via a wavy, drunken-like camera action of an uninteresting scene showing some idiotic, unappealing so-called “star” whose biggest claim to fame is simply the fact that she is famous. How stupid is that; being famous for being famous? Then they tell you what will be coming up and what the “star” did.
Then there is a commercial break.
At resumption, they again show you the brain numbing clip of the idiotic unappealing so-called “star” telling you again what will be coming up and what the “star” did.
Then they tell you what they said they were going to tell you and what the star did, while again showing you the annoying clip of the idiotic unappealing so-called “star”.
Then they repeat it just in case you were not watching carefully enough a few moments ago.
Then when they are finished, they will tell you what they told you all over again just because they have too much time and nothing of any value to present to the viewers so they just tell you the same thing all over again.
And guess what video clip they show while the tell you all over again– yes you guessed it, the same mind numbing, boring, value-less clip of the idiotic unappealing so-called “star”.
As the show ends, guess what video clip they show as the credits roll on the screen? Yes indeedy, the uninteresting scene showing some idiotic unappealing so-called “star” whose biggest claim to fame is simply the fact that she is famous.
Now you have seen it 4 or 5 times and heard the story 4 or 5 times and 15 minutes of your life is gone.
You will never get that time back. Horrific, horrific television programing.
It is scary also, that the serious news programs are slowly adopting this format. They interrupt other TV shows to tell you what will be in the news at the “top of the hour”.
When the news program is starting they also show you video clips of the highlights of the upcoming news. Then they tell you about one of the news items while showing the video. Then they hand it over their “reporter on the scene” who tells the same story all over again while showing the same video yet again. Now the news program is only about 2 or 3 minutes old and you have seen the gawd-forsaken video three times plus the earlier showing 15 minutes before the news program when they squished their way into the last commercial break of the previous show to tell you what was coming up at the “top of the hour”.
Are you kidding me??? Has television really evolved into this?
Maybe this is why I cannot find anything to inspire me to write that book!