TV: Judge of the universe

“Big bucks, no whammies!” — game show catchphrase

“Don’t tell me what you believe in. I’ll observe how you behave and I will make my own determination.” — Alex Trebek

. . . . . . . TV is the judge from the upper universe, coming down to lay claim on all of us, to tell us whether we’re right or wrong, worthy or unworthy. The frightful reality of this judge and his gavel swooping down on us was emphasized lately in President Joe Biden’s opening statements of the presidency in his starting context-building frames. The fear of TV is the fear of being out of step with 330 million other Americans. As disgusting as frank tranny sexuality and homosexuality may appear to the average person, the notion of being left behind is far more visceral, far more terrifying and unmanning. Better to kiss a gay man and celebrate it in a parade than to not wave the rainbow flag and show you’re an isolate in the crowd. {cont.}

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bonding over a good dose of radiation

. . . . . . . Dominant among the TV’s themes — which are repeated in a hundred reruns and a thousand fresh fodder — is the idea that there is no deviance alive. There cannot be deviance when “will and grace” are assigned to fringe lifestyles. In fact, says, the TV theme, fringe lifestyles become the lodestone for which bland mass lifestyles are to be compared against.

. . . . . . . The assigned schedule of watching without missing a show by one of the big networks gave one the heebie-jeebies, which were caused by the chance of missing one. Not one show can be missed. Not one TV star can be unknown. The “Q rating,” which determines how well-known a face is, is the rating that determines holiness or unholiness, since no one can be on the air long enough to arc high in “Q” without toeing the line of the public positions launched from behind the Roman shields of the Modern TV Centurion Writers’ Army.

. . . . . . . It should be realized that writers were brutally picked upon as younger tykes. Now that they have their hands on the levers of power they are going to use it to the maximum extent of their power.

. . . . . . . When the TV networks began to emerge from their 1940s chrysalis into the open air, they were not heading off into known territory. No; this was terra incognito, a land from which none had emerged because none had made it this far. Another explosion of TV networks in the latter part of the century — particularly with the fringe cable channels, whose specialty became sci-fi, chick flix, or what not — reworked the landscape to such an extent that there was another 500 channel universe to which one could surf.

. . . . . . . The four main networks entered a competitive landscape brimming over with the blood of defeated cable rivals. Ted Turner sold off CNN before his network could be slaughtered. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox saw the future and one by one took shelter under the wings of bigger media conglomerates, who would go on to protect them, ensure they were fed and watered, and make new babies like CBS All Access (a specialty which would supposedly generate great revenue for the moribund basic network’s offerings through programs like Star Trek).

. . . . . . . The height of mind-bending directed toward the audience was emphasized in the 2010s by the successful shift of public opinion toward gay marriage before 2020. Whereas before there had been antipathy, or at best apathy, now there was positive affirmation and support for the proposal. There was a hollow boom as the universe of public opinion imploded on that issue. Superficially bled wounds such as the one taken by the conservatives and rearranged by their tissues turned out to be worse than they at first appeared. They were reeling.

. . . . . . . Imposition of new cultural mores had been pushed for decades after TV started its project which might divert into any of dozens of possible channels on the screen, where it controls all the images. This control mechanism will not stop or slow down unless an alternate right-wing mocking medium arises to challenge the soft-wristed, hugg-worthy embrace of beating, abusive, challenging left-wing standards.

. . . . . . . One should not put on this happening by observing that no one has come close to doing it — with Fox News being a weak sister among the tall brothers of its siblings — and that only money can beat back money, and all the corporations and their advertisements are backing the carriers of their favored television shows. These pan-spectaculars are shows that point in a specific direction. The ads must correspond to the shows themselves. If they do not, all hell rains down from the heavens and Social Justice Warriors wonder where is the vibrancy, the diversity. Loudly.

. . . . . . . A dove of peace, falsely sent by the liberals, flies through the air and is hit by a dozen arrows from its own side in a flurry of feathers that explode rearward, seesawing down through the air. But Fox News was different.

. . . . . . . Flying independently through the cyberspace of Television was a good move for Fox because not only would Murdoch have the powers of an American citizen but he could hire the best American executives for his own programming departments, since he could pay them in U.S. dollars rather than Australian.

. . . . . . . Until the closing years of the 1980s, there was little hope for the right wing of a new hegemony arising on the right that would go to bat for their side. But Fox News proved to be profitable as well as alluring. The problem was, it couldn’t speak its mind fully. The landscape was almost completely owned by the SJW-progressive-left led by the center-left neo-corporatist masters. Fox was stickily ensnared in its webbed feet by this gooey substance down below. The landscape was sticky, resistant to change, and painful to move around in.

. . . . . . . Because television is such a flexible medium, and because the eye can see whatever it wants, the 500-channel universe was less trapped on the left than it first appears. The important thing is to have at least three Fox Newses, not just one. One is alone. One is, once again, isolate. Three’s a crowd, as they say, and three can form a contrasting visual universe to the dominant narrative.

. . . . . . . In the end, it is love that wins the day.

. . . . . . . Love of power.


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