Friday, June 12, 2009

Is this why Americans are so damn apathetic and ignorant?/ "Working Class Hero"

The Top 20 Shows of the Season By Brian Stelter
The 2007-08 broadcast TV season came to a close on Wednesday, and Nielsen (and the networks) have been busy crunching the numbers since then...

Along with “Idol” and “Dancing,” four other reality shows made the top twenty list: “Survivor: China,” “The Moment of Truth,” “Survivor: Micronesia” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Only one sitcom made the cut: “Two and Half Men.” For the full list, keep reading…

1.“American Idol” Tuesdays Fox 28.75 million

2.“American Idol” Wednesdays Fox 27.78 million

3.“Dancing With the Stars” Mondays ABC 21.67 million

4.“Dancing With the Stars” ABC 19.58 million

5.“Dancing With the Stars” Tuesdays ABC 19.56 million

6.“Desperate Housewives” ABC 18.21 million

7.“Dancing With the Stars” ABC 18.03 million

8.“House” Fox 17.64 million

9.“CSI” CBS 16.89 million

10.“Grey’s Anatomy” ABC 15.62 million
Think the 2008 ratings were an aberration? Nope.
The Most Popular Shows of 2007

This may not come as a big surprise, but it’s interesting nonetheless: The most popular television series of 2007, according to an analysis by Nielsen Media Research, was (drum roll please) “American Idol.”

Sure, there are three weeks left in the year, but Nielsen released its year-end trend report today, and it is highly unlikely that any other program will deliver the 17.3 rating that the Wednesday editions of “American Idol” did this year for Fox. The show was also top-rated last year.
No news shows in the top 10. Not even the once widely watched "60 Minutes."

Television has been turned into one giant "National Enquirer" that our minds absorb like a sponge does water while we sit on our Lazy Boys, scarfing down gobs of potato chips and drinking Diet Pepsi... gotta watch that weight!!

"Working Class Hero" by John Lennon

As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and class less and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There's room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be


  1. Greg, I have an admission to make. I hope it does not cost me your friendship or respect. I have a tv however, as you might guess; I am also very very aware of its vile influence on people. Done a lot of work on mind control and know all too well how it fits in. Sometimes I watch the local news, never international.

    I have one soap I watch every time I am at home at the proper time. Brainless, but fun. Gives me something to read about when I am standing in line to pay for my groceries.

    It gets worse, Greg. Much much worse.

    I did not miss one night of Idol this year. I must admit this is a first, actually being home for it but I was fascinated by one singer and just had to see his offering. As soon as he was done, so was I, and the tube went off.

    HOWEVER, while watching ALL of the above, I sit at my PC editing or researching or looking for imagery for my writing.

    That makes it ok, doesn't it?

  2. Sure. TV viewing is fine, as long as you don't let it brainwash you into a blubbering Holocaust™ acolyte or a "shop till you drop" maniac.

    Myself, I prefer watching the old B & W movies on TCM, especially the film noir crime dramas.


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