TV – BIG DUMB BROTHER
Things were better back when TV was in one room – usually the den (rarely the living room) and everyone had their own radio or record player. We would gather together to watch our favorite show and the adults would wait for Cronkite to sum up the country’s news.
Then something happened.
Today, our “big dumb brothers hang or stand in every room – sleek, thin, silver or black. Squawking and hawking at us from our bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bars, airports, even cars 24 hours a day. Anna Nichols’s baby, boy scout disappearance, runaway bride, child snatchers and political bashing are our one-size-fits-all rap entertainment world news.
The surfing thumb is always seeking something. Attention deficit is the chronic national disease of “big dumb brother." Are we in control because we hold the gun? Or are we just plain addicted to the mind-numbing drum roll of canned laughter and constant comment?
Is there a cure for this national addiction to Big Dumb Brother, to the noise, disturbance, hawking insults and idiocies? I think so. There is a kid on the block who is growing up with us – the C O M P U T E R.
We're once again gaining control, choosing what we read, researching, exploring, communicating and creating.
Thanks, SB, for sending this. I couldn't agree more. I hope you'll follow this up with more postings.