This is basically a rant, but if you are as frustrated with the state of current TV as I am, you'll understand why I'm doing this.
For some time now, I've been entertaining the idea that television is dying. Not in the way Star Trek thought it would, with the technology becoming obsolete, but because its drowning in ever increasing mountains of crap.
I've never been a fan of contrived "reality" shows, but at least for a while there were still some good channels that played good things. But now it seems they're succumbing to the overall attitude that has enveloped TV: appeal to the lowest common denominator.
TLC died a long time ago, with shows like Toddlers & Tiaras, Sister Wives, and whatever that Sarah Palin show was. There's other stuff like Dance Moms and the seemingly endless number of shows following the Kardashians.
But probably worst of all is how formerly great channels like Discovery and History have fallen, with trash like American Chopper (at least its finally canceled now), Moonshiners, Amish Mafia, Swamp People, all the different gold mining shows, and quack conspiracy theory crap like Ancient Aliens (this one pisses me off so much I'm even thinking of trying to start a petition to get it taken off the air). Most of these shows, as well as those mentioned in the previous paragraph, are just excuses to pass off adults acting juvenile as "entertainment". How is this entertaining? What is entertaining about incompetent people yelling and swearing and fighting with each other all the time? And while they promote these shows, they give less and less time to whatever is left that is still worth the time to make and watch, like MythBusters.
I also feel put off by how the majority of dramas are constantly trying to outdo each other in the "gritty/sexy" department. No, I'm not a prude, and I think when this sort of thing was just getting started it served its purpose to stretch the bounds of what the censors would and wouldn't let us see. However, now its just completely over the top, and I'm sick to death of it. This, like the reality shows, is just pandering to the worst aspects of humanity. I do believe that there is such a thing as too much of something.
So in this veritable desert of TV land, where there is little good left to watch, what have I started doing? Surprisingly, I've retreated to reruns of Touched by an Angel. Yep, me, the not-in-any-way-religious person is watching Touched by an Angel. I did used to watch it in its first run and enjoyed it, and now I just find it a breath of fresh air. Its a decent show with decent people trying to help others, and frankly I think TV could benefit to a return to this type of series.
Lets try and accentuate the positive instead of reveling in the crass and negative.
I've been reading in the news lately that people are up in arms over the fact that Subway's footlongs aren't exactly 12 inches. This started after one man in Australia actually took a tape measure and measured his sandwich, then took his anger to the internet.
... Its one bloody inch, people! What does it matter? And what sort of anal-retentive person actually measures their sandwich? JUST EAT THE DAMN THING!
Its mind boggling what ridiculous, miniscule things get people so irate these days. Its a waste of time and energy.
Since Pleiades expressed interest in what I've been reading, I decided to post about it for the interest of all. This may also become a regular part of my 50 Books Challenge, a review/recommendation for certain books or series.
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Yesterday I was reading a bit of news online where a ban on carrying concealed handguns in Illinois had been struck down by a higher court ruling. Of course the usual gun advocates hailed this as an important ruling in protecting the citizens' rights to be able to defend themselves.
I however, am flabbergasted about this ruling and this attitude.
I personally believe strongly in gun control. Especially in our modern times where its seems way too easy for people to get a hold of guns and turn them on innocent bystanders. And in the wake of the mass shooting at the movie theater on Colorado, as well as the breaking news yesterday of a man firing a shotgun in a crowded mall in Oregon, I honestly don't understand how anyone could sanely suggest its OK for people to be able to carry concealed weapons. To me this ruling is disgusting and mocks the tragedies we see day in and day out, it makes light of all those who've died when unstable people can so easily get access to weapons.
Certain people, both the average joe and politicians, seem to still be living in the 1700s. The Second Amendment made sense for its time, but now it just makes less and less sense. I can understand owning a gun and keeping it in your home, but I'd be scared shitless if I was walking around and thought everyone around me was carrying a concealed weapon.
Although some people don't seem to accept this fact, the Constitution is a living document, and we must reflect on what it means to us now, in our current society. If we take it always literally, we're living dangerously in the past, to our continued detriment.
So yeah, the pacemaker replacement was done this week. Procedurally, everything went smoothly and I got to come home just a few hours after everything was done, and I have plenty of pain meds to take for the next week.
But this whole trip was a bit of a nightmare. It was cold and overcast the entire time we were there, and hospitals are already bloody cold on the inside, so at the end of the first day (which included insane amounts of waiting), I was frozen solid and very sore from the uncomfortable chairs. Then the next day we had to come in early because someone in the lab screwed up and didn't do a vital test. And then we were told that an emergency case came up, so the operation was bumped to Friday, so for an extra day I had to sit around and wait (at least the hotel had ION and I was able to catch the Thursday NUMB3RS marathon).
All of this, staying at a hotel, the stress... I won't have to get this done again for a few years, but in that time we've vowed to grease the wheels of being able to arrange the operation be done down here so we don't have to make the trip so far from home again.