Why I fear for Western civilization

I really wish I could just drop our cable T V service altogether.  I am beginning to think that just having the cable signal inside the house is lowering our IQ.

With crap like The Bachelor and the rest of the voyeuristic garbage on network TV, and the horde of brainless bullshit on the cable networks…  what have we become?  A nation in which Honey Boo Boo (and her circus sideshow of a family) can become cultural icons scares the hell out of me.  We’ve got pageants where toddlers and young girls are made up like street hookers and paraded in front of the crowd.  We can’t forget Dance Moms and now its growing horde of imitators.  And the phalanx of wedding dress micro-dramas.  And I see now Kate is back, minus spouse, but having picked up a few aides-de-camp along the way.  I can think of no more certain way to remain a single mom than to demonstrate on TV just how much of a train wreck you are.  So-called “Gypsy” clans, and the most ridiculous attempts at exploiting Amish culture that I can imagine – oh, to be Amish and have no electricity!  Then you wouldn’t ever see the fake “survival” shows, the fake “moonshine” shows, and the fake everything else shows.  I could go on and on and on. 

Honestly…  if I were of dating age and raised with a TV in the house I’d probably enter a monastery.  :shudder:  The fact that such shows find enough viewers to make them financially viable makes me question our collective futures.


4 Replies to “Why I fear for Western civilization”

  1. You know, you say that, and I see the humor. Sorta. But I really think we do too much of the “take drugs so you don’t care any more” and not enough of the “speak your mind so maybe people will think to pull their heads out of their asses”.

    Just my opinion.

  2. Oh, I absolutely agree, and try to do my part to be just as curmudgeonly as you, and think I succeed. I was mostly being facetious.

    Not sure what to say about the “take drugs so you don’t care any more” part, since I live in Colorado and voted yes with gusto. 😉

  3. I know. I saw the smiley. 🙂 And I would have assumed you’d support Colorado’s formalizing what has really been the case there for decades anyway. 🙂 I was referring more to the current trend of seeing your doc for some “IDGAF” pills rather than trying to make a difference.

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