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!
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."