Garbage In... Garbage Out


Admittedly, I am 62 years old, and come from a time with different values and ways of doing things, and I hate to be one of those grumpy old ladies that is complains about the way things are now, but I have to say that I honestly believe we've reached a new level of tastiness on TV and social media. I totally get it that times change, and a lot of those changes I have learned to accept and maybe even smile at.  Some changes were needed and have been a long time coming.  But good grief, is there no limit to the content of commercials, or the negativity of the news? 

Papa Bear and I notice all the time that commercials are targeted to idiots, or to portraying people as idiots, and I don't even want to know what some famous brands have paid advertising agencies for these "brilliant" campaigns that rarely make you want to go out and buy it.  And then you have to watch the same mindless commercial over and over for weeks and months until you are so sick of it that you wish you had a blocking device! 

Last night we saw a commercial that involved a cartoon character sitting on the toilet with his pants down.  Really?  Do we need that visual, or to be told to have a "happy period" (since when were they happy, unless you were afraid you were pregnant), or to be assured that if the guy takes this magic pill to resolve his impotence issues, he will also attract really hot women with his charms?  Those are just a few of the examples that make me want to vomit. 

Then we have clothing choices that make me think we've landed on the poon channel. I am all for women dressing in an attractive manner, but I am sick of seeing breasts falling out of shirts and butt cheeks hanging out of shorts or underwear. It's lovely in the bedroom (or in the living room if the kids aren't home), but would it be so wrong to promote the concept that beauty and decency can go hand in hand.  Modesty doesn't have to mean prudish and Victorian collars, but good grief.  I am tired of values that do not mirror my own being shoved in my face on a nightly basis so that I can be convinced it's perfectly normal and ok. 

Then we have the nightly newscasts that will leave you spending that last half  hour before you go to bed watching every possible bad thing that has occurred today, be it political clowns attacking each other, another famous public figure who is anything but a role model, or the latest local case of a shooting or child molestation. I have noted to Papa Bear that on any given night you are lucky to see one positive thing that happened that day, no feel-good stories, no hope for tomorrow or for our world.

Gloom, doom, obscenity and violence, that's what intrigues people, that's what sells.  And yes, I know there are a few networks that don't follow this format, and I always have the option of turning the TV off. When I lived in Germany for 2 1/2 years long ago, we didn't have TV, and we didn't miss it. We found other things to do.  When we went on vacation to the mountains this past June, our cabin didn't have TV, we found other things to do, and we felt so much more free and peaceful! 

It would be my preference to cancel our satellite TV subscription. We have our tablets and our smart phones to keep up with any critical news or weather events, but at least we wouldn't have it blasting in our ears, polluting our minds, and warping our perspectives on what is real and what is good... and what is not.  When I am home alone during the day the TV never goes on, I love the sound of silence.  However, Papa Bear likes to unwind with TV at night after a hard day of working on his feet, and to relax on the weekends watching his favorite football teams.  I think he is less disturbed by what bothers me, maybe he is able to filter out the garbage better, because he has a higher degree of personal integrity.  He agrees with me about the garbage, he doesn't let it fuel his fire as it does mine. Maybe I admire that, I'm not sure. 

I am a firm believer that garbage in means garbage out. If you fill your time and your thoughts with garbage, it's going to be reflected in your life.  The Good Book talks about guarding our hearts from evil.  If we make no effort to do that it is so easy for the line to become blurred.  I can't tell you how much I'd like to see the newscast end each night with the GOOD NIGHT NEWS, with the emphasis on good.  Let us go to bed with our minds thinking about what went right and who did something to make the world a better place. Inspire us, encourage us, uplift us... take the garbage off the air!
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I'm joining Patricia for In Other Words
where this week's writing prompt
is the following quotation by Earl Nightingale:

"We become what we think about."
 

8 comments:

  1. I love this post, you wrote everything I think :) My hubby and I are always complaining about how dumb commercials are to appeal to idiots. He watches the news too, but I choose not to because it is so negative.
    You don't look 62, you look much younger than that.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ellen! Maybe I'm just picky, but I crave intelligent programming and commercials, and I really don't want all that garbage and negativity being transmitted to my brain! I love you for saying that I look younger, but believe me I feel every year in what I can do and can't do any more. It sure is frustrating!

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  2. It has occurred to me that today's world thinks the more you see of something, that must make it more Right! Um no, just because it's constantly in our face, doesn't make it right. Quantity is not the measure of morality. In fact, when you stand up for right, you often stand alone. Ah, but they are smart in that they know it does desensitize you to things.

    The other night the news was talking about (yet another) Hollywood cheating scandal. Two actors meeting on set, one married, but "Whoops! we fell in love - it just happened." Oh wow - like a runaway train so strong is your love. *eyeroll* So she left her husband and is openly dating Mr New, though not yet divorced. And my friend is all "good for her, she shouldn't have to stay in an unhappy marriage." I'm just.. WOW. Like literally vows mean ZERO anymore. My friend sold right into the fairy tale story the entertainment news was selling about these two. Sure, you can leave an unhappy marriage, absolutely. But if you are out with your new man the very next week in front of the cameras? Gah, have some tact girl! Give it a month or two. But honestly, she cheated, she got caught, hubby gave her the boot -- and now it's all PR so nobody's latest movie project tanks. All that glitters right?

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    1. My thoughts exactly! It is so easy to get sucked in and become desensitized, it takes a backbone and real character to say I don't believe this is right! I get tired of the barrage of garbage. It is deliberate.

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  3. I do not like "drama" or sensationalism. I am choosy about what I watch and listen to. I will not be told what to think. I will decide.

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    1. I agree with you completely, Annie! I am not one of those that puts the TV on and lets it run from morning to bedtime. I am selective about what I want to see and hear. I love your stance on deciding for yourself what to think and believe. Absolutely! We do not need to buy in to all the garbage people try to feed us, we have to be smarter and have better ethics than that!!

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  4. We do need to use discretion when deciding what we watch and read. We do need to know what is happening in the world but in a way that presents events in a straightforward way without sensationalism. Programs that are meant to entertain seem to lean toward the lower nature of man and do little to uplift and encourage moral courage. What you have written needs to be heard shouted from the housetops. There may always be garbage but it does not have to be invited into our homes. Thank you for sharing with In Other Words.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! You are right that we need to know, need to be made aware, but we want the facts presented in an honest and balanced way, without sensationalism or any hidden agendas. That sounds so simple, but it's not easy to find.

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