Dial “I” for Irony. . .
“So, you listen to me. Listen to me: Television is not the truth! Television is a God-damned amusement park! Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business! “
-Howard Beale (character)
Is it just me, or do we live in really strange times when a guest speaker can deliver on the same day – within hours of each other – two lectures entitled “Ethics and Leadership” and “Missile Defense: Past and Future” ? I think this might just be one of those “WTF Moments” Sarah Palin was talking about.
I’ve been having a lot of those lately.
Like the other afternoon when I walked into the lunchroom and saw some of my coworkers watching “Bridoplasty”: a quote reality unquote show where brides-to-be go head to head – and ego to ego – for a chance to receive the cosmetic surgery procedures of their dreams.
So let me get this straight – a TV show featuring orchestrated conflict between superficial people for the chance to alter their natural appearance with man-made appliances is billing itself as “Reality TV”.
As if those two words had even the slightest thing in common with one another.
We’ve all no doubt heard (and most likely repeated) the quotes about Kabalistic conspiracies, smoke and mirrors, red pills and blue pills, MK Ultra, and the rest of the stuff that gets glibly thrown out around coffee pots and across dinner tables, but what can we really do to 1) extricate ourselves from the psycho-social tar pit, or 2) shine a little light on the situation so that others might attempt do the same?
Ironically, I offer nothing except these last few words from the same quote which opens this blog and was spoken in a movie by a fictional newsman in 1976:
“So if you want the truth… Go to God! Go to your gurus! Go to yourselves! Because that’s the only place you’re ever going to find any real truth.”