Tossing Salt Presents:
Pop Culture: Fact or Fiction
October 24, 2017
1. Shows like Sesame Street are still relevant.
FACT: In a world full of computers, the internet and kids more concerned about playing the X-Box instead of learning to spell, read, interact with people and using imagination, it might seem that shows like Sesame Street are just left-overs from a generation past and days gone by, but there are still some kids who can learn and appreciate the chance to be a kid, learn as a kid should and take advantage of what shows like these and characters like Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, etc have to offer. It’s not as appreciated now as it once was and the influence is less now than it’s ever been, but shows like this matter and we’d be much better off if more kids were watching things like this instead of the crap that passes for “entertainment” today.
2. Late night comics are right to speak on issues like gun control?
FACT: They definitely have the right, but we also have the right to not listen and turn our TV’s off when they quit being entertaining and try to preach instead. If I want a sermon, I’ll go to church or ask my Mom a question. Most people watch the late night shows for two reasons – either entertainment or boredom. For me, it’s more of the latter because they’re not all that funny or entertaining more and I use the TV for background noise more than anything. I miss folks like Carson, early Letterman, Arsensio, Joan Rivers, etc, who knew their job was to entertain and leave the politics and preaching to politicians and preachers. Sadly, these guys now don’t get that. Too bad.
3. You’re surprised at the Harvey Weinstein scandal?
FICTION: That a rich and powerful man in Hollywood used his power and influence to be a creep and asshole? I’m just surprised that we don’t see more scandals like this breaking in the news all the time. I’ve heard the stories over and over again, dating back to Judy Garland in the thirties and with Corey Haim and Corey Feldman in the 80’s and so many others. No surprises here. Hollywood is full of hypocrites, liars, ass-clowns and creeps. No big news here.
4. Will and Grace is as entertaining now as it used to be?
FICTION: I loved watching Will & Grace during the first run and it was a truly fun and entertaining show. But I tried watching a couple of the new episodes and while nostalgia is great and seeing these characters again was nice, the political rhetoric and anti-Trump undertone to the show just ruins it for me. I want to watch Will, Grace, Jack and Karen interact and be entertaining, not a Trump-bashing commercial disguised as a sit-com. I thought it would be great to see this show come back to NBC. I was wrong.
5. Print newspapers are still relevant?
FACT: While not as many people read them as they used to, newspapers still are an important part of our culture and way to educate and inform people of current events and things they should know. TV news has become so slanted and twisted and facts are irrelevant so long as the story and message is what the network wishes to say, it’s crazy. Papers are not quite as bad yet, although they too can be twisted and biased, they’re a little bit more honest and fair in their reporting. I don’t think we’ll ever go back to a “just the facts” media that lets the readers / viewers make decisions and form opinions for themselves, but written press such as newspapers are far better at this than social media, TV or cable news. I definitely prefer a newspaper and reading for myself rather than trying to watch TV or getting news via the internet. They’re biased too, especially our local paper here in Laurinburg, the Laurinburg Exchange, but a newpaper is still important and relevant and a far better source of news and information than any other. At least they should be.
6. TV shows are better now than they used to be.
FACT: TV back in the day used to be original, unafraid and entertaining. It had memorable characters and stories that people can relate to, even today so many years later. Look at any episode of “All In The Family” or “The Jeffersons” or “M*A*S*H*” for examples. Even today, still fresh and entertaining and not afraid to break barriers and teach, while still being entertaining and thought-provoking. But today, we get what? “Two Broke Girls?” “Mike & Molly?” Really? Really? Really? Older TV was good and set the standards and set the bar. The shows today, for the most part, don’t even come close. Just generic characters, being politically correct and lame as hell. Oh vey!
And that’s all for now. I love doing these “Fact or Fiction” things and I didn’t even have to “borrow” the statements from my friends at 411mania.com this time. Thoughts, comments and all feedback is welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, thanks for reading. Have a great one and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Take care…