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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A week without the Internet: No I don't want to go there again

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Tracy and I have been taking care o in western Oklahoma this past week, but for a variety reasons, have not had cable/Internet hookup until today.

Said hookup will be in place until the whole situation is resolved, but the past few ays have given me much to consider.

True,I am an occasional traveler in the Land of the Holier-Than-Thou crowd of those who sneer at those get most of t their news from TV or radio. And whaler I agree that most TV news is covered by Sturgeon's Law (90% of everything is crap) there are some real gems out there.

Spending a few days in a town where USA Today would be the closest thing one might find to a New York Times (if you could even find one) I have come come to appreciate the real quality that TV has to offer.

The Ed Show onMSNBC (oh, one can hear the audible CLICK of minds being turned off already), which is the only major program on the Tube dealing with working-class issues.

Documentaries - and no, not those silly-ass "reality" shows" or shows where witless folks chase Bigfoot through trailer parks.

The Daily Show. Those who conduct interviews on "regular" interview shows could learn a lot rom him, especially the eternally sycophantic Wolf Blitzer.

Rachel Maddow, who inspires so much zndring ire from people who claim to have watched her show, but but the the Crayola-scrawled talking poin they all raise seem torn from the same notebook.

Television is no substitute for newspaper/magazine reading, but it should never be disregarded out-of-hand by anyone, especially a snob who wants to tell me that everything I need to learn I can get from PBS.

And if you are lucky enough to live in a city which has a public access television station (or you watch one online) you have access - pun, weak as it is is, intended - featuring the work of citizen activists who document life in the community they care about. you are lucky indeed.

Throw it all in the big blender, baby. From all different sources.

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