Quote of the day

"The true axis of evil in America is the brilliance of our marketing combined with the stupidity of our people." Bill Maher

I don't watch tv anymore, unless it's for the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, for sporting events (rarely), or other news shows on PBS like Frontline. I refuse.

When I moved to San Francisco, the cable was on in the apartment, so I watched C-SPAN and some of the news channels, and the occasional stupid show, but when it was cut off a month ago, the decision was easy to make--of course I'm not going to subscribe. There's not enough that's worth watching to justify the expense.

Maher surely overstates the case a bit in his quotable bit there. Americans are no more stupid than any other population, but we are distracted easily. I think that's because we're intellectually immature as a nation. We're infantilized by content providers and entertainers and so when our "leaders" tell us lies so transparent that any reasonable person would be insulted, we follow along like a baby watches a ring full of keys that's dangled in front of its face.

So I've turned off the premier marketing machine. I can't get away from marketing completely--that would require a Kaczynski type withdrawal from society, and I don't think that's a reasonable solution either--but I can limit its influence on me. I've had no cable for a couple of months now, and I feel great.

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