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I've been watching TV all of my life and have seen trends of programming that have spanned almost 60 years. Some I remember fondly, others not so much.
My lifelong association with, "The Tube," has given me perspective and has shed light on an alarming trend, perhaps one that you've noticed as well. On TV, images of graphic violence have escalated to a point I never could have imagined. I'm not talking about premium cable channels; I'm alluding to network television aired in prime time.
Several years ago, on a premium cable network, a show aired about a serial killer and it became wildly popular. I gave it a try and watched part of the first episode and never watched it again. I find something inherently odd with the idea of turning a serial killer, a psychopathic murderer, into the protagonist of a show. But, as I mentioned before, it was popular and won Emmys.
Unfortunately, it seems that there's precious little imagination when it comes to those who decide programming on TV. This is nothing new. If one doctor show is good, eight are better. If one cop show gets great ratings, then let's create an entire dynasty of cop shows, all clones of the first.
There are many shows that I don't watch and have absolutely no desire to begin watching. Most of these are known for their intense violence, which although we know in our hearts is not real, still reaches our subconscious. Many of these shows win scads of Emmys, are critically acclaimed and I don't care; I'm still not going to watch them.
You'd think that in a society that's plagued by violence, we'd rebel at the perpetuation of these images beyond the boundaries of our news broadcasts. Instead, it's being amped up to a level that I consider to be dysfunctionally unhealthy.
This trend has become pervasive and is infecting existing programs. There's more than one show that I used to view regularly that I've stopped watching, due to changes in their spirit. For example, one show was about a gifted, autistic boy who had an extraordinary talent for seeing numbers in such a way that he worked with patterns of destiny, helping people and making the world better. This show has now devolved into a conspiratorial, violent series of graphic killings, featuring paranoid and morally destitute characters. The father of the boy has gone from being kind and soft-spoken to a violent, gun toting "hero."
This year, the main networks added at least three shows based on serial killers.
Why is this happening? Is it all about money? Are we being manipulated? I wish I knew.
Times have changed. The most scandalous show I can think of in the late 60s was, Love American Style. It featured comedy vignettes about the sexual revolution, Hippies, the Counter Culture and the new direction of the world. Unless you were around then, you can't imagine the stir this show caused. It was bawdy, irreverent, optimistic and hugely popular.
Of course, 60's TV wasn't all for laughs. There were crime dramas, Westerns, space shows and they all featured the classic battle between good and evil. However, when pretending to be shot, actors struck a ballet like pose on tip-toes with their backs arched, mugged melodramatic expressions, clutched an unseen wound, belted out an "ARRRGH," then gracefully rolled to the ground. It wasn't supposed to look real, not unlike the way Shakespearean actors once uncoiled red ribbons to portray being wounded.
I don't remember ever feeling anxiety, double checking the locks or trying to erase gruesome, indelible images from my mind after watching the shows I grew up with. Okay, maybe Dragnet and The FBI creeped me out a little, but then they were supposed to disturb my kind.
My wife and recently watched a 10 hour miniseries about the Bible. Although it's true that the Old and New Testaments are filled with acts of brutality, for me, the violence presented in this production was excessive. I won't even address some of the underlying messages that I believe were being put forth, at least not now, and yes, I've read the book. In my opinion, much of the graphic violence was gratuitous and was meant to shock and elicit contrived, emotional responses.
You may ask why I'm bringing any of this up. I feel these images impact us on a deep level, one that speaks to our general happiness and well-being. If we don't recoil in horror at hyper-violence and gruesome imagery, then what have we become?
I've spoken to more than one person lately who's told me that they've had bad dreams, feelings of angst, without an obvious source, and tension that seems to be never ending. Most of these individuals watch the national news, which by itself is enough to put most of us into a state of panic, and also watch the shows I've alluded to.
We're only human. When reality and fantasy begin to merge into one experience, how are we supposed to protect ourselves?
I'll tell you how.
I'm no prude, nor am I overly sensitive, but I've stopped watching several shows and won't even try others. I'm going to turn off programs that offend me visually, philosophically, emotionally or in any way at all. I'm also going to start writing to the people who hurl this stuff at us, even though it may not make a bit of difference.
I refuse to give into "popular culture." Instead, I'll watch shows that make me laugh or think, and thank those who make them. I'll embrace topics portrayed with regard for humanity and for those that respect our sensitivities. I'm going to make my mind known.
I've had it. I'm a crotchety old man and I'm going to prove it.
Not to worry, though; I won't be crotchety with you. You I like.
PROGRAM NOTE: Out of Mo's Mind on Wednesday, April 17th at 9 AM, Pacific Time or 12radio.com. As you can tell, I'm a bit testy. I'll be over it by then, at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I've got several ideas rolling around in my head. You'd think that all that rolling around would be distracting, but I used to play a lot of pinball and I got used to -- uh, hmm, where was I? Oh yes, talk to you Wednesday! Live predictions for the week!
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When I was a kid I spent a lot of my time looking down at the ground. Everywhere we went I was searching for special rocks. I would sort through stones in gravel parking lots at campgrounds, and hike with my eye on the trail. I always knew there was something special about stones. We camped at a very special spot in Island Park every summer where there were arrowheads to be had if you were patient enough to look through the grass and pine needles on the ground. I kept rocks in my pockets and in cans under my bed. My parents took us to Crystal Park, MT to dig Quartz and I fell in love! I knew when I held each stone that it contained its own special mystery.
Were you one of those kids who always had rocks in their pockets like me? I am teaching a special class on 12Academy.com called "The Joy of Crystals" just for you! I have spent years studying stones and crystals and experimenting with them. Like you, I carried stones around with me for a long time before I knew why, and what to do with them. In this class I will teach you about some specific stones and how to use your favorite stones for healing and self-development. Click the picture to register!
Recently while my family and I cleaned out my Dad's house I found a box with a bunch of things from my childhood. My cans of rocks are long gone but I found 2 stones that mean a lot to me. One is a clear Quartz point in a little leather medicine bag. The other is a white Onyx egg. I acquired both of these stones at a time when I had no idea why crystals felt so good to me. The conservative religion I grew up in taught me nothing about the energy of stones and yet I felt it and was drawn to it. Clear Quartz is a Master Healer. It is good for everything, and when in doubt the energy of a clear Quartz point will boost the energy of any situation. The white Onyx is an Angelic stone with a smooth, calming energy. I remember holding it and rubbing it like a worry stone in my teen years, consciously unaware of why it was helping me, but in my heart knowing it was.
I am so excited to share this class with you! I meet people in my store all the time who show me the stones in their pockets and ask me why they are so drawn to them and what they can do with them. I want to share those answers with you! Join me on May 8th and we will have a crystal extravaganza!
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Each week Carolyn Ferris will pull from her hand designed Tarot cards to reveal a message for us. Carolyn has been a psychic for many years and has a substantial amount of notoriety with her art. She has created art for many clients such as Timothy Leary, Santana, The Fillmore, and Moonalice.
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Count all of your choices today, and feel the flow of the universe as you take advantage of a new window of opportunity. If you are really over the top good at this, you'll feel the breeze against your cheeks as you fly through the day. But then, it's probably best you don't fly anyway, you may want to save that for your dreams.
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