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The world is full of suffering people, and there are some people in the world who can think about all the suffering on a regular basis and not have it get to them.  I am not one of those people.  

Now, when you realize how much reality can drag one down, you begin to realize how Republicans can live in their little plastic bubbles denying the reality of poor people.  Humans really are fragile and can really only handle limited amounts of pain.  I really believe that most Republicans believe their own ideas. I also believe they may not examine their own beliefs because maybe it is just too painful for them.  Yes, we do need to change their minds, and yes, it is fun to make jokes about them, but when our criticism of them seems to border on hate, I think it hurts us more than it hurts them.

One other thing, why is television filled with so many shows with so much negativity?  Do we really need so many shows involving murder?  Also, we used to have shows about defense attorneys and private investigators...Perry Mason, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Magnum P.I.  Nowadays we have way too many shows which are about the police or some extended version of the police like C.S.I. where we keep seeing the accused being told how evil they are and given the idea that the police almost always end up charging the right person.  I am also a little dumbfounded by "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit".  Can people really watch another story about someone being sexually assaulted, week after week, without it affecting them?

I like the movie "It's A Wonderful Life".  Could we have more shows about people helping other people?  Must so much of tv show us the dregs of society, real or imagined?

Well, that's my rambling. What's your opinion?



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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    The GOP: Fearing things that have never existed while ignoring things that have always existed, i.e. gun registration/starvation.

    by StevenJoseph on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 12:52:31 PM PDT

  •  Average television time is 4 hrs./day. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Anything you do for 4 hrs./day will have its effect on you. Do yourself a favor, turn the damn thing off. Go outside if it's not too hot, or read a book.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 01:03:28 PM PDT

  •  John Prine offers us some excellent (0+ / 0-)

    advice on television viewing.  

    It appears to involve dynamite and a match.  

    "Blow up your tv
     Throw away your papers..."

    There is some good stuff on television and always has been, but a lot of the rest of it could fill an almost bottomless dumpster.  

    There are some shows -- feature films, too -- in which one or more characters is altruistic and seeks to make someone else's life better.  I agree with you that we could maybe use a few more.  

    Reading over that last paragraph I wrote, I think the producers of the 007 series would laugh me out of the room.  Certainly their accountants would.  

    StevenJoseph, if you have some time left today, head over to the video shop if there's a good one in your town and rent The Trip to Bountiful.  

    The scene at the end between the main character and a local law enforcement official will be a big lift.

    "...the baffled king composing 'Hallelujah'..." (Leonard Cohen)

    by Remediator on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 01:56:44 PM PDT

  •  Just got a call from Carole King. (0+ / 0-)

    She says,

    "So when this old world starts getting you down
     There's room enough for two...
     Up on the roof."

    This is a woman who knows from New York City.  She's not bad with song-writing either.  

    A fine composition and splendid counsel from Ms King.

    "...the baffled king composing 'Hallelujah'..." (Leonard Cohen)

    by Remediator on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 02:11:08 PM PDT

  •  You got it. Funny you should mention that film, (1+ / 0-)
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    however. It's a Wonderful Life is probably the single leading cause of American's astonishing ignorance of our banking system and as such has caused more pain and misery than can be calculated.

    Cutting the cable made a tremendous difference in my life, and I was one of those that had too little time to watch a show regularly, but CNN or the like was always on in the background and when I did have time of my own, I frequently watched whatever was on at the time. It gets through whether we realize it of not.

    Turning off the TV will do more than change your life, it will change you.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Mon Sep 01, 2014 at 04:01:44 PM PDT

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