Are You Not Entertained?

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Standing on the checkout line at the supermarket I can’t help but wonder…what if aliens landed here in search for intelligent life and turned to the media? They would see a civilization poised to watch the ups and downs in scrutizing detail of other people’s lives.

This reminds me of that great scene in Gladiator where Russell Crowe (who looked amazing by the way) turned to the crowd after killing his tenth consecutive opponent and cried out, “Are you not entertained?”

Why are we fascinated with the lives of other people, especially the challenges they go through. I don’t get reality TV, especially why you would let someone else with a camera crew of a dozen people into the privacy of your home and your life? Our words do not match our actions. Ask people what is most important to them and they will immediately reply, “My family!” Ok, so then why would you put them on display? For what purpose?

Sorry folks, but you will never see my family’s reality show, and I won’t be watching theirs. I’m making the choice to focus on living our best life.

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1 Comment »

  1. I’m entering a comment in my own blog because of today’s opinion in USA Today http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/06/scholastic-makes-reading-relevant-and-cool-.html which defends Scholastic’s position.

    To the Westfield mom, the point is that we need to stop the product licensing, not the reading. There is too much distraction on the part of the media to get your child to love reading for the love of reading itself.

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