Wednesday, March 11, 2015

United States of Nitpickers: Blame Him, Her, Them, Everyone, Not Me

Everything Under Close Scrutiny

Not exactly sure what generated me to make this post, I guess just all the things I see and hear all around us these days and let's face it, there is plenty.

Seems to me that today it matters not what the topic, issue, person, party, place, or thing is – one thing is obvious, we have a new united thread: Instant news.”

If anything stands as a stark reminder about our national insanity it would have to be that we are fast becoming a nation of nitpickers, I'm sad to report. Disagree or not. It’s hard to dispute reality on the ground as they say.

Our new American motto might very well be: “We are doomed not to survive the next 100 years unless we keep up with the 24-7, instant 30-second sound byte media cycles that we are spoon fed and so used to. They are the ones we hold dear and cherish regardless of the facts presented later on. Why? We already moved on to the next “hot topic.”

Thank goodness for cable “news” like FOX, MSNBC, CNN, et al, and of course Talk Radio, and the “best of” shows on the weekends and holidays when they are off and we are not. Each broadcast is carefully designed to tell us how to think, what to think, when to think it, and with few if exceptions (except those crafted for us as their exceptions). So, stay close, or fall behind.

Seems we are too busy with our daily lives and mundane routines to figure things out for ourselves, and besides that would be futile. That cycle we just watched will be out of dated in two more minutes, or will come back with a new twist and vengeance but in the same format.

So, thank goodness for those instant and circular media presentations. They surely save us time and energy since they only present facts, right, and heck, critical thinking is a lost art anyway. We are in short like zombies, brain dead and focused on only one direction, straight ahead no off-ramps to reality allowed. So don't touch that dial. That flashback reminds me of this “now ancient” TV show. Seems apropos now:

Imagine this voice each time you click in the TV for the evening news roundup:

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits.”

Whew!! That was a load, wasn't it? So, am I right or wrong? Tic toc. Hurry, you only have 10 more seconds before the next cycle kicks in to a new and hotter subject. But, fear not, now we have streaming. See can't win.

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