When Did The Herd Begin Writing The Headlines!

Comedian Milton Berle cracked: “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands.” And if the law has really evolved, why could this have occurred? A traffic cop pulled over a completely naked woman riding a motorcycle at high noon. But because the law didn’t think to address the situation, the only thing he could do is issue a ticket for failing to wear a helmet.

We don’t want to blame evolution’s shortcomings for all our problems, but something seems wrong with a culture in which the herds often determine the headlines. Instead of objective truths setting the standards, we all subjectively decide what’s right or wrong, wise or foolish, taste or dreck. In the name of democracy, the inmates take over the asylum!

TV hits like “American Idol,” “The Voice,” and “Dancing With the Stars” have panels of objective judges, yet allow subjective voters from the far corners of TV’s cultural wasteland to decide what is talent. Not to be outdone, TV news often does the same thing by what they call “pull” journalism instead of “push” journalism. In effect, ratings-minded networks opt to “pull” from the masses what they WANT to hear rather than what the journalists may believe they SHOULD hear.

Movies, music, celebrities, theatre, literature, fashion, along with pop psychology increasingly become more a mirror-to-the-masses instead of a beacon-from-the-trained. In an age which boasts the role of experts, most of the one being quoted and paraded are chosen more for their image than their intellect. Consider the many TV “doctors” and “judges” being paid big bucks to play expert.

Writers like George Orwell and Aldous Huxley warned us of the danger from the state [a popular obsession with millions of Americans]. Ahh, but perhaps the real danger comes from we the masses more even than the state. Ever watch a vigilante in action…….?

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  • Sorry Jack, I never got past your first paragraph.

  • Aquinas, you wicked wicked boy, you must have the same fertile imagination I do...!

  • I got past the first, but didn't really get the connection with the rest.

    With regard to the first, either there was an indecent exposure law, or society has evolved to the point where a naked female motorcyclist is not indecent. I'm voting for the latter (and have seem some motorcycle magazines to back up that point). However, the cyclist does risk contusions to her perky breasts, which is why I thought bikers wore leather.

    With the rest of it, it is just Gresham's law, just applied to TV. Judge Wapner may have been interesting, but 25 judges all hearing "it was a loan" "no it was a gift" cases is boring. Same with about 8 or 9 singing shows all with about the same premise.

    Apparently though, these are all cheap productions that get enough ratings to convince enough sponsors to pay for them. Of course, they can't be totally successful on their own, as Fox News promotes their singing me too shows, and ABC News and Jimmy Kimmel promote Dancing with the Stars. Other than the first two weeks of Idol with the bad singers and psycho acts, I don't watch any of them.

  • In reply to jack:

    ...and by not watching, you have thereby extended your life span!!

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    As I indicated in my response to the next post, not if I get aggravated by dumb bankers or posters on comment boards. ;-)

    Or even if I watch the Cubs or Sox.

    Or if my girlfriend bugs me, and then I write about her to some advice columnist on Chicago Now. Heck, I even had the nerve to show her the responses, so she bugged me more.

  • In reply to jack:

    Maybe you have to start screening your girlfriends...or they you!

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    Of course, but once they have your phone number...even if she doesn't claim to have autodial.

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