Ditch TV

I’m wondering what life would be like without TV — if I just ditched it completely.  The cost of cable TV is outrageous, plus I have to watch all those commercials.   More like being brainwashed by commercials, as they force you to watch the same commercial so many times.  Think about that — you are actually paying them in order for you to watch commercials endlessly.  Crazy.

The number of things I want to watch on TV I can count on one hand — may be not even one hand.  So much of TV is pure nonsense.   In  the 60’s, they called it a wasteland, but it may have actually gone downhill from then.

That would certainly be marching to a different drummer — no TV at all.  I’d probably end up reading more, which is a good thing — and no commercials.

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Presexual Agreement

It is common now for the very wealthy to enter into marriages with a prenuptial agreement in order to protect the party who is extremely wealthy from being bilked by a would-be gold digger.  Given the fact that everyone knows how vicious and extremely  expensive divorce can be, prenuptial agreements would appear to be a very rational arrangement.

Today we have the so-called “Me Too Movement” where women who have been victimized by some kind of sexual transgression are coming forward and identifying the man who victimized them.  This is all to the good versus what happened in the old days where the victimized woman would just stay mum for a variety of questionable reasons — she felt she wouldn’t be believed, she didn’t want the blowback, she didn’t want the embarrassment of being victimized, she didn’t want the ordeal of a trial, etc.

But has the pendulum swung too far in the opposite direction when even an esteemed Supreme Court nominee gets hit with character assassination along these same lines?  The estimates for the number of fraudulent claims brought by women ranges from 2 to 8% for those cases that are proceeded with, but 45% of the cases are not proceeded with but dropped, so the number of fraudulent claims could be much higher — no one really knows.  And we are dealing here with interpersonal relations where the woman may in fact be very motivated to maliciously smear the man who, for whatever reason, she wants to injure.

So where does this leave the young man who wants to initiate a sexual relationship with a woman but is now afraid of a potential lawsuit by his would-be lover.  Instead of the two of  them being carried away under the moonlight with strains from a Cole Porter song in their hearts, would he in particular be well advised to seek out a presexual agreement before things gets hot and heavy.  Not exactly a most romantic gesture on his part, but has it come to this?  How else could he prove that it was consensual?

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Bread and Circuses

Two thousand years ago, Juvenal characterized Roman society as needing only two things — bread and circuses.  For bread, there was the grain dole to all Roman citizens, and for circuses, the gladiator in the Coliseum and the chariot race in Circus Maximus (there were four teams to root for, identified by the colors of their jerseys, white, red, green, and blue).  American society isn’t all that different.  For food, we have our food stamps and welfare programs, and for circuses, we have televised professional sports where everyone has a home team to root for.  Has anything really changed?  Juvenal would be right at home in modern America.

“Bread and Circuses”

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The Great American Read

My nominations for the Great American Read would have been:

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Of Mine and Men by John Steinbeck

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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