Bending The Rules

I want to rant, blame television for teaching the wrong values.

I am ironing. I watch the TV cops send a bad guy to face gang-justice because lady-justice was powerless. A few shirts later, another set of TV cops create a nudge-nudge wink-wink probable cause to break and enter into a suspects house.

It is the end justifying the means and TV cops never make a mistake. The real cops fill the news and fuel outrage with their mistakes. My instinct points the finger at the medium with the gullible trying to imitate art but without the screenwriter to guarantee a just ending.

Thinking about it, I remember we get the media we deserve. It is made to sell. It gives us what we want. If a show has unpopular ideas, it will be unpopular and it will disappear.

Dictating the values that are allowed to be shown is useless. There are enough examples of corrupt dictatorships with puritanical media laws to think the opposite is true.

The social commentary on my choice of shows has now added a dose of guilt to my ironing pleasures.

When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought.


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