Friday, April 11, 2008

American Entertainment Absurdity

I believe it was Socrates who said "Spectacle is the lowest form of entertainment."
He could never have imagined the depths to which this modern country called America would go.

I watched American Idol once. . . for about 15 minutes. I don't get it. Who cares? A bunch of wannabes performing so that some panel of arrogant assholes can critique and abuse them. If I want to watch a performance, I'll rent a Who concert tape. Maybe watch Police Chase videos on Tru TV.

How about "Big Brother." That show has got to be for people with horrific cases of insomnia. Who in the fuck in the whole wide world wants to watch a bunch of morons walk around a house talking to each other on a 5th grade level? I don't get it. Who cares?

Surreal Life has got to be one of the worse. Here we've got a group of has been and mostly never were celebrities doing the same bullshit as the bozos on "Big Brother." I'd rather watch my hay fields grow. I don't get it. Who cares?

Real Life and all the rest of the MTV VH-1 whatever pop trash digi shit has got to be some kind of excersize in narcissistic idiocy. I don't get it. Who cares? What will these people think when they are 40 or 50 years old and they see the absurdity they were involved with back when they were young. I hope by then they are comfortable in their own skin and accepting of their past insanity.

And all these celebrity "watch my life unfold as I perform for you" shows. OK, Ozzy was kinda funny. . . the first three shows, but ever since then it has been a steep trip downhill.

Why are people entertained by other people going about their business in a staged yet still boring manner? Don't you proles know that there is some really cool shit right outside your door that you might want to take a look at? Get up off your ass and take a walk for christ sake. Take up knitting, bottle cap collecting, or anything other than stting in front of a moron box watching other people do stupid but more exciting things than you. . . ahhhhhhhh. . . well, ok. Just as I suspected. The American audience is a bunch of boring, brain dead, moronic proles and all this serves as nothing but life support for the horrendously pitiful and droll lives that you sorta have.

If this is part of an evolutionary or devolutionary process, I fear to think of how low we may sink before natural selection kicks in and these weak links in our modern society are forever condemned to the trash heap of history. How large a percentage of the population will join them?

3 comments:

Colonel Colonel said...

On the other hand, we could save a lot of time and money by having John, Hillary & Barack vie for the Presidency by competing on "Dancing with the Stars" or "Are You smarter Than a Fifth Grader?".

Hell, if we'd had Presidential candidates compete on the latter show eight years ago, GWB would be back in Texas right now, twiddling his thumbs.

Macon D said...

You oughta see Idiocracy, which nicely satirizes the scary downward trend of our culture.

I have a bit of a quibble with this sentence:

The American audience is a bunch of boring, brain dead, moronic proles and all this serves as nothing but life support for the horrendously pitiful and droll lives that you sorta have.

I would replace "is" with "has been conditioned into." But I understand that your post is sort of a rant, an art form that doesn't lend itself to precise expression.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Macon, IF you're looking for "precise expression" from me, you got the wrong guy. I really don't give a shit enough to be precise at anything these days.
Whether by free will or "conditioned," they is.

Col., With that perspective, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea.