There’s a lot of things in the world that we’re grateful for having existed – and that includes the things that we can’t live without. However, for every great idea that’s become a reality – there are also terrible concepts that should have never seen the light of day, yet have plagued us throughout history, and the kind that could cause you to question if life is really worth living (and we’ve been all there, haven’t we?). Here are some simple truths concerning some of my personal beefs over the years (and you’re welcome to agree or disagree with me on the following):
* Reality TV isn’t entertaining at all: When the television industry gives us junk like Survivor, American Idol, and Jersey Shore – and they become ratings hits – you can be damn sure that TV as a whole is already suffering badly, with no end in sight. Of course, there’s a reason why the TV industry supports this kind of crap – it cost less to produce them than any high-quality scripted TV shows (which have far more creativity than any episode of The Hills); it’s the kind of jackass decision that could ultimately sink the industry as a whole. And the messages that the stars associated with those so-called “Reality TV” shows send to the viewers watching them are the wrong kind of messages, including the most insulting of all: “We’re not only here to stay – but we’re better than you ‘cause we can do anything we like. And there’s nothing you can do about it.” Sounds like the kind of thing that many conservative media personalities would say – and speaking of which …!
* Rush Limbaugh shouldn’t be on the radio at all: The recent scandal concerning Limbaugh insulting Sandra Fluke on his radio program late last week, after Miss Fluke gave her opinion on insurance coverage of contraception, is yet another reminder that Limbaugh has already overstayed his welcome in the mass media, much like other conservative personalities who should have also faded from the spotlight a long time ago (and why I don’t listen to AM radio that much these days). I suppose there’s some kind of cosmic justice in the radio industry, since a number of sponsors have already pulled their ads from Limbaugh’s radio program – a move I totally approve of. However, I’m betting that this move won’t signal the quick and permanent end of his media career, partly because Limbaugh is already a powerful and influential media personality – so much so that conservative politicians are afraid to criticize him too much, for fear that he might end their careers for good (which gives you a strong idea of the current mess engulfing American politics). Personally, I’m hoping for the day when Limbaugh’s media career comes to a permanent end – and I’m sure that there are others who share that hope (like, say, some certain conservative politicians who fear him).
* Some certain sodas shouldn’t have caffeine in them – period: It may be appropriate for most colas (and Dr. Pepper) to have caffeine in them – but not in a certain root beer or orange soda. I won’t mention the brands – but I will mention the fact that I’ll no longer drink them, especially during the evening hours. I really don’t need that much caffeine.
* Some certain insurance ads and commercials shouldn’t be on the air – at all: Mainly because they’re not funny – only stupid and pointless. For example, those GEICO commercials and ads that say that you can save 15% or more on auto insurance – but which only succeed in insulting your intelligence (and perhaps making a case against the gecko’s existence on the planet, as evident by the annoying GEICO gecko taking part in some of those ads and commercials); Warren Buffett, whose company owns GEICO, should know better than to subject us to this kind of crap. Even more annoying and insulting than the GEICO gecko is the bigger jerk known as Mayhem who appears in a number of Allstate TV commercials, who thinks that he should get away with murder by doing the very things that could put us behind bars (or in the prison hospital) – if he existed in real life, he’d end up having the life expectancy of a prisoner sentenced to Death Row, and especially if he was attacked by a lynch mob, which definitely wouldn’t make for quality TV. (You can probably guess the reasons why – with one of them gaining the FCC’s attention.)
* Upbeat songs in certain public service radio and TV commercials that deal with issues that shouldn’t be taken lightly: Poison prevention and cardiovascular-related health problems may be important issues in today’s society – and they still are – but explaining such issues in an upbeat song as part of a public service commercial that borders on the tasteless is not only wrong, but (in some cases) politically incorrect, ultimately doing more harm than good (including the annoying song itself driving you somewhat bats). And proving that certain concepts – no matter how good their intentions – are better off left untouched. And forgotten.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet – to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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