Scary new TV trend
Well, fast-forward to 2006. The most important (read: expensive) object in our homes is the TV, and the catch-phrase of the era is "Must-See TV." There are now 40-gazillion channels, nearly all of them sending signals 24/7/365.
But the big trend in current television is the serialized episodic program. Not that serials are a new thing. "Dallas" is probably the most famous example from recent history, but soap operas have been using this format for decades. Almost every show now, however, requires a dedicated commitment on the part of the viewer to "keep up."
A recent story in the Review-Journal, titled "Pay Attention," stated this in the sub-head: "Networks tout many shows that require devoted viewing to understand."
The list of the upcoming crop is an arm long. And, it would seem, every show is "wonderful" and "Must-see TV." From "Lost" to "Desperate Housewives" to new hopefuls like "Heroes," "Kidnapped," and "Vanished," the message is strong: clear out your schedules, folks, and grab the remote - you're in for some heavy-duty must-see TV, and you can't afford to miss a single minute!
Meanwhile, as America is hypnotized, mesmerized and lobotomized, we continue to wage unlawful wars around the globe; turn a blind eye to human rights violations, destruction of the planet, poisoning of our food, air, and water; and willingly hand over more and more of our rights and freedoms to a corrupt system.
Never doubt, for one second, that this is all done "by design," folks. It is a plan. The people who own the media, are the people who have the money, are the people who pull the strings, are the people who control what we see and when we see it, etc., etc.
If they can keep us DISTRACTED by television and the media, FRIGHTENED by constant scares and terror alerts, DUMBED-DOWN from chemicals in vaccines, fluoride and aspartame in our drinks, SICK from poisons in our air and food, and (most importantly) SUSPICIOUS of each other by creating imaginary divisions like color, culture and religion... they just might accomplish their goals.
BUT - we have the power NOT to let this happen. Or we can watch some more TV.