25 December 2007
What did we do before we had television? There was theater, cinema, dance halls, vaudeville, lectures, expositions, communities were stronger, we knew our neighbors because we got out more.
We had more time to read, paint, draw, sketch, sculpt, craft, doodle, create, design, sharpen our tools, organize, clean our room, research, build things, write poems, stories, letters, learn a new language, keep a diary, or daydream. Most of this could be shared with others, especially family members.
There was more time to cultivate our minds, less bombarded by distraction.
Times that should be happy, such as Christmas, for that very reason can turn out to be quite the opposite. While neither the WGA or AMPTP has directly responded to any of the letters sent, shortly after contacting the latter, they seem to at least make the gesture of returning to negotiate. Somebody must be reading and heeding my words. Whatever it takes to get everyone back to work. We would like to believe we live in a free society, yet to what extent has our everyday reality become a prison of routine? How ironic is it that the ones most responsible for fabricating the routine most all of us have succumbed to, are at the core of this ongoing impasse? Are we a nation of couch potatoes?
There may be hope that those with the most money and power would have more conscience, but reality would indicate quite the contrary. For anyone who has ever complained about how life can be so unfair, to what extent has the strike served as a rallying call to address a more global issue? This could have been a story for our grandchildren, when they heard about it in history class, what we did, how we were a part of it. How many of the 60% who say they support the writers were actually able to turn away from the enchanted screen, withhold their purchases and viewer ship in order to send a message to those who can turn a blind eye to human suffering, yet stay tuned to the slightest twitch in their bottom line? Who has had the backbone to seize this occasion to stand for something?
Perhaps within the next year, before February 19, 2009, when analog television will no longer
receive a signal, some consumers may think again before purchasing a new set. Each day the strike
wears on, the public is being weaned away from the mind numbing dribble most are hopelessly
hooked on. As the fabric of fantasy starts to unravel, a thread at a time, the universe of contrived stars implodes like a house of cards. Sometimes you need to lose in order to gain.