Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day Time Television

My adventure continues into this week. I'm hoping it will be done by next Monday.
Surprised to find out the passenger list for the train from Ontario to New York is submitted to Homeland Security. If you cross the border in a car they don't know who you are till you get there, but if you travel by train they do. Something not right about that.

I'm not much of a t.v. watcher and rarely turn on the tube during the day. I prefer to listen to the online radio while I work. Recently though I have been watching the soap All My Children(AMC). I don't need to watch everyday; Monday and Friday are the only times anything happens on this show. I got curious about AMC because a friend of mine uses it as an example of "female porn" in his "Propaganda and Mass Media" course. Female porn refers to fantasies that women have about men and very different than the ones men have about women. A good example is the Pine Sol commercial, with the woman lounging on a bed covered in rose petals, while a hunky topless male mops the floors. The fantasies usually have chocolate in them too.

I don't know if I should laugh or cry over AMC. It is so ridiculous that I can't take it seriously and yet at the same time I'm depressed by what goes on. One of the main characters, Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci) has been married ten times, and has had several affairs, yet at least once a week she muses about finding that special someone she will spend the rest of her life with.

Talk about silly romantic notions! Yeah you will meet that perfect someone, but you don't have to do anything (like maybe act like a decent loving person?) it will just happen and it will be perfect.

Then you have the selfish spoiled rich boy, who is upset because Oh!, now people expect him to be nice to the person who donated bone marrow to save his life! This person, happens to be his father's current scheming conniving young wife that the spoiled boy hates. His sister hates her too. So the plan is to use this gift as a way to get back at her and get the father to divorce her. Forgetting of course that Dad has already been married several times himself and will just find another bimbo for them to hate.

I could go on and on here about the disgusting, slutty, selfish, destructive, characters. What is even more laughable( or cryable?) is the constant talk about how important family is and how much they love their children, even though half the time they need DNA tests to figure out who the fathers are of these kids!!

I'm not a prude and I sure don't want us to go back to the 1950's when everything was shoved in the closet, but I think we really have gone too far.

Is all entertainment now about people who have no sense of decency? Every woman a scheming slut and every man a pig? Swearing is commmon place and everything is a put down. What's so wrong about having some morals?


Diane J Standiford said...

The only soap opera I ever watched was with my elderly babysitter when I was under 5 years old. I happened past one last year and had the thought, "Kids can watch this at 11am and conservatives are upset about night time shows?" Morals? In hiding. In USA we are threatening to harm family members of democratic politicians and carrying guns into Starbucks...as that babt sitter used to say, "What has happened to the world?" (She didn't care for African Americans getting houses around her or women wearing pants, among other things.) Good people must speak out more. If I were in Canada I would be thrilled to protest Ann Coulter at my college.

Taxingwoman said...

Hi! Diane
Doonesbury has a good series of cartoons about the guns at Starbucks. Anne Coulter maded here speech in Calgary. The dummy actually said that all the members of the audience looked like her and therefore Canada is the least diverse country.
Yeah, because normal people would never go to her stupid so called lectures.