One's own living room banter better than TV talk show skirmishes
Published: Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
During the time I was sort of incarcerated in the house, I learned to turn on the television set in the day time and became rather fascinated by several of the programs because I couldn't really believe that people would act so silly on purpose. As I tried to follow the logic on "Judge Judy," I wondered where the people in question had been all their lives and wondered even more if they were real. On "Dr. Phil," I couldn't believe the problems that were being aired and the pride the people seemed to take in their short comings. Just listening to "The View" is an experience because it shows how a batch of women enjoy talking at the same time and making the rest of woman kind of glad they don't have to be around that group. I happened to be watching when the big cat fight erupted between two of the major players on that show and just put that down to one of the worst segments to be aired, little realizing that the big people in the news media would turn that incident into major headlines. I couldn't believe that such behavior would be lauded as a major happening in the universe and that it would supersede other world happenings such as the war. Why is such a display of total rudeness news worthy? Your guess is as good as mine because I don't like to think we are so desperate for something to call news that we will glom onto outrageous misbehavior. Just watching the show on a normal day illustrates that the collection of people have limited manners and no knowledge of how to converse with each other. They tend to talk at the same time without saying anything and give our usual coffee sessions a bad name in the event those who have never sat around our coffee table think we make such ludicrous remarks and are so rude to each other. Most of the time in our groups one person holds the floor before another takes over. We gather to listen to each other and to exchange ideas. We also respect each other enough to avoid starting loud, wrangling arguments. We don't even need notes in order to visit with each other. If all gatherings were like "The View," we would see many people deciding to stay home in order to avoid meeting with such uncouth characters. We may not always agree with each other, but we usually express ourselves quietly and avoid violence in arguing about something we probably shouldn't be talking about anyway. Maybe city people are more prone to such noisy gatherings than are we quieter country folk. We aren't used to extraneous noise as are those from the city and have learned to listen to each other. I think I was much better off before I learned to turn on the TV during the day because I just didn't see people putting on such acts. I prefer a good mystery with a little violence to a talk show with pretentious behavior. Of course, the news people seem to prefer the latter and enjoy making a big production out of very bad behavior that should just be ignored in the first place. Let's just stay with our coffee groups and enjoy calm visits.
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