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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A "Boob Tube" that doesn't show Bare 'Boobs' & Other TV Vents

Because it is the dead of summer and barely anything to watch on TV that is any good, yours truly has been watching out of boredom a lot of YouTube videos

And one thing that seems to be of temporary interest are videos of TV intros, mostly of shows from the past that ended up with early cancellation that few to none remember today..

It is sort of like going in a time machine to see what life (and TV life) was like back through the various decades
And overall from the 1950s through today, while clothing, hairstyles and technology may have changed, overall it really is the same formulaic crap except more than ever there's a hard push to have an over-saturation of diversity so that the white man becomes the token

Pretty much all programs, even serials like say '24' or  'Game of Thrones', is presented in 3 acts, 'good' characters always are good while the baddies never deviate either and pretty much all problems and conflicts are wrapped up nice n' tight with a neat bow by the end..
So I've been trying to really understand why with very few exceptions I can never find anything to watch and why its such an extremely frustrating experience to just sit and turn on the TV amid a million-billion channels

TV is not really an engaging experience..  

It is a passive one... 

Even sports.. You yell and scream at the TV but you have really no say as to anything that goes on during the game..  

Scripted programming, reality or sports.. We're all observers.
Had a busy day at work?  The wife (or hubby) been a total pain in the rear?  Kids yelling n' screaming and making a mess of things?

Well.. just sit back.. relax.. let them do all the 'work' and you can get to turn off your brains for a couple hours at night and let all real problems move to the back burner as you see if the cops will catch the crooks or whatever..

Which is all well and good except if you actually Want to be mentally engaged, want to be provoked in some way to some kind of action

Then you're pretty much completely out of luck..
TV is about social control, both physically and mentally

It wants you sitting and watching.. at home.. on your iPad.. iPhone..  does not matter..  

TV watching is meant to be a non-active activity though of course there's always some exercise freaks who have to be walking the treadmill or stationary bike while watching a program to feel 'productive'

But that's not what I mean by physical control
TV generally speaking does not want you to get motivated to be pro active in a cause or issue or stimulated to write your Congressperson on an issue or start a petition, protest or blog about a cause or issue

It does not want you thinking and it absolutely does not want you impassioned.

Socially speaking, because the entertainment industry is pretty much all extreme PC social-progressive liberal, they inject their values and worldviews into the programming constantly (sometimes subtle, other times overt)
If there's any political/social debate or disagreement among characters on a show, the parameters are tightly controlled and guess which point of view loses?

When's the last time you've ever seen a character on a TV show even hint that homosexuality or sexual integration among the races is wrong?  Or where the pro-life position wins the day?

When is the last time you've seen a show where the woman is the homemaker and is extremely content?  When is the last time anyone over 18 and under 70 depicted who doesn't work, isn't a 'slacker' and feels wonderful and completely fulfilled?   
The other day I had a brief comical daydream of sorts for a couple minutes..  It was of a TV newscast and instead of one or two anchors reading the news, it was 9 and they were all sitting like the old Hollywood Squares game...

Three rows of three people of all diverse races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders (and gender confusions) reading the news, one person per story so no viewer could feel offended or wonder why they weren't represented..

That's the future of television folks..
The last program where there really was any true diversity of opinion was All in the Family and that shows was 45 or so years ago..

On the show you had two distinct opinions on everything.. The Archie Bunker worldview and the son-in-law Michael Stivik (Meathead) point of view..

And as much as they tried to make Archie into an imbecile who spoke terrible English, often he was Correct in his outlook while 'Meathead' was the know-nothing academic who never experienced real life and spewing fantasies.

Archie lived life.. 'Meathead' was sheltered so many people could watch the two of them go at it and have someone to strongly identify with and perhaps encourage discussion and debate in their own homes
Good luck with that today!

TV is so cowardly, after 9/11 occurred not a single scripted program made any true mention of it or have any character discuss hate of Muslims or fear of those people..  Nothing.. 

Many shows that used the twin towers as a backdrop during their intros took it out so not to be 'insensitive'..  

If you got your current events history solely by TV, you wouldn't even know 9/11 happened.
And its funny when you think about it..  As liberal as the people are who create and make TV programming in their beliefs and lifestyles, they're still quite extremely sexually conservative by standards of programming around the world

Why is it OK to have gratuitous violence and bloodletting and foul language and characters engage is immoral & deviant behaviors yet it is still forbidden for  network TV to show a woman's bare breasts.

It is fine to show ample cleavage, her nipples poking through a sweater, bikini tops that show side-breast and the underside..   Just can't show that nipple..  Can't show that aureole..

We like to think we're superior to Britain, France, Germany, Australia, etc but when it comes to TV and depicting female nudity and sex, we're just about as primitive as the Middle East
Of course men have nipples too but that's fine.. You can show them.  With the exception of fat men, their bosoms are flat and don't make anyone's cocks hard.. except gays

I've always said, if men got sexually aroused looking at women's wrists instead of breasts, we'd have a society where all females walked around topless but wearing wristbands

Some say its to protect the kiddies..   You mean the same kiddies who nurse their mothers' bosoms repeatedly for the first few months of life and as such get greater access than even the 'daddy'?

Or do you mean the same kiddies who are taught very early that two men "loving" each other and men who hate who they are and want to be women are perfectly 'normal'?
Still to this day I can not understand why this country is so tolerant toward a million bullets being sprayed in all directions and silly-stupid car chases that in real life would result in gruesome death  yet network TV can not show a topless woman and depict sex scenes where her clothing is actually off..

Technically basic cable TV and network TV after 11p could do so but as stated before, they're all cowards fearful of offending women and more important to them, advertisers.

They really have too much control and as the sponsors don't want anything distracting people to change the channel so its all prime-time colorful balloons, confetti and happy-happy
So we'll end with this true story..

A few months ago, I watched the complete series of 'Police Squad' based on the movies starring Leslie Nielsen which was made in the mid 1980s..

And by 'complete' I mean 7-8 episodes because it was cancelled

Now it wasn't the greatest or funniest show in the history of TV.. far from it but on the audio commentary portion, one of the producers explained why the show was taken off the air
The network executive said it was getting low ratings and was being cancelled so the producer asked if anything could be done to fix it so it can be improved, get more viewers and stay on..

The exec told the producer basically this (paraphrasing):  "Look.. The show is just too smart.. It forces people to actually watch and pay attention to get the jokes and people don't want to think when watching TV"

And from the beginnings of TV to the present, that is the network TV programmers' mindset to content because time and time again, Nielsen ratings prove them right.

So if you feel frustrated at how dumbed down and non-inquisitive a society we are, understand its not a recent phenomenon..  It's generational