As an avid book worm, I’m always on the look out for interesting literature to throw myself into. Recently, once such book I got my hands on tells the story of football on British television. It details the rise and rise of the game on our screens and how we have been captivated by “watching the match” as they say. Similarly, at my place of work, there is a TV in the waiting room that is left on channel 9 each day, perhaps a candidate for the worst commercial station in Australia?
I’m not one for watching TV. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the odd documentary or foreign film coupled with some football however, for the best part, I don’t really get my kicks from turning on the idiot box. For a long time now, I’ve held the firm belief that watching TV turns us into brainwashed morons. The quality content more often than not gets brushed aside for screaming American’s on reality shows, karaoke singing shows, endless cooking shows and a plethora of weight loss and home improvement content. Let’s be honest here. It’s all shit. Designed to make you stupid. And it’s succeeding on many levels.
A recent study by conducted by a Melbourne University found that Australian’s watch around 35 hours of television a week. That’s almost 2,000 hours a year whittled away watching crap. If you decided to cut at least half of this viewing time to say, go for a walk, you could potentially walk 1,000 km’s extra a year. That’s good for your waistline and an outstanding result for your mental health. And if you think about it long term, you will spend three months of the year in front of the moron box or 15 years of your life in front of it.
Think about it. 15 long years of your life wasted in front of a television set watching shit. Let that sink in!
A great example of poor television is a singing show called The Voice. It runs every year and collects “average Jo” off the street with a promise that they could indeed be the next big thing in the music industry. They come along, sing other peoples songs before a panel of narcissistic judges with ego’s bigger than your house before one of them wins the whole thing and releases an album of absolute talent less dross only to ride off into the sunset with zero credibility after their glorified karaoke experience. And then repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Every year. The same shit is dished up and everyone falls for it. Why not head out to your local bar or club and watch original singers with original compositions and an ability to play instruments? But you won’t because you live in a society of instant gratification. You don’t want to work for anything or achieve goals. You want it now because you have been brainwashed into thinking you don’t need to work hard in life. It’s what the establishment want and you fall for it every time.
Coming back to the work situation, when our new clinic opened in October last year, I found having the TV on all day incredibly frustrating. Idiot morning show hosts, infomercials, advertising at every juncture, horse shit propaganda fed through commercial news programs and way too many reality and talk shows. Some days, I would head home with a headache wishing I could smash the TV into a thousand pieces with a sledgehammer. Fast forward six months and I’m almost used to the repetitious drones on the box that dumb us down. Over the working day from 9 am to 5:30 pm, Channel 9 have no less than 5 hours of news content. It’s all shit. Be it slandering Donald Trump at every post or telling weather or not Kim Kardashian took a shit last night. It’s all designed to make us mentally challenged fuck wits. And it’s working.
We live on an amazing planet full of so much natural wonder yet we have become an incredibly docile population who seem incapable of forming our own opinions because we have allowed television to turn us into fools. In Australia alone, we are now the third fattest nation on planet earth according to the World Health Organisation. Now, consider how good the lifestyle is here down under with fabulous weather, vast open roads and golden beaches. Spending 15 years of our lives in front of a television set just doesn’t make sense on any level. Put the remote down, read a book, travel, run or just go outside and enjoy your life.