I’ve been enjoying the sound of the recent rain on the roof and haven’t paid attention to the news, or turned on much of anything that makes noise.
I’m suspecting that I may have had a light touch of the flu but I’m not sure. This morning I’m feeling better.
I did however, make the mistake of switching on the news.
Nothing is different!
I swear it’s like the world paused the bullshit just so that I could be offended by it when I decided to pay attention again.
I wish that was the case… I know in reality that the bullshit keeps coming at a more or less constant pace. The news is like a soap opera… You can miss years and still know exactly what’s going on, because human nature is a constant as hydrogen fusion in stars.
Have you ever noticed that riots pretty much look the same? Really, check it out, tell Google you want to see only images then type riots.
Regardless of time or place, they all look the same, even the drawings of riots look the same.
The news is always the same… In broad strokes I think the news template is something like this;
Somewhere people are rioting and burning buildings because they’re unhappy about something.
Somewhere else someones military is shooting rebels, insurgents, dissidents, students, or another army.
A disaster or two have happened someplace else, hundreds or thousands of people are displaced, famine and disease looms in the not too distant future.
Politicians from group A are condemning politicians from group B for failing to act or disagreeing with their position.
Somewhere somebody’s children were in danger, are in danger, have been saved from danger.
There’s been another car chase that ended, with a crash, or with an arrest, or with a shooting, or with a tasering. Or jackpot… all of the above…
And now the weather…
Being a fan of TrueBlood, the scene where the vampire Russell Edgington rips a newscasters spine out, then tells the public that he’s the real face of vampires and describes in gruesome detail what vampires are going to do to humans is one of my favorite scenes for a number of reasons.
When he turns to another camera and in a lovely Southern accent and with a happy smile, says “Now time for the weather… Tiffany…”
I howl every time I see it. The whole scene is priceless and some damn good writing.
It’s also a very sad comment on our news cycle.
That scene lasts a minute or so, but it’s exactly what watching the news is like.
Think about it, the news is 30 to 60 minutes of real blood, violence, hatred, and despair, followed by the weather presented by some airhead blond with perfect tits and a million dollar smile telling you it’s going to be sunny and warm tomorrow. And somehow knowing it’s going to be sunny and warm makes the preceding horror just fine.
We all know that the weather is always at the end of a news segment. Did you ever wonder why?
I’ve come to the conclusion that weather is all we really care about.
It’s the most immediate thing that we have to deal with.
If the weather was first in any newscast I’d tune in for that, and turn the TV off once I knew if I was going to need my umbrella.
I can’t do shit about riots in another country. Nor can I control the earthquake, volcano, hurricane, or monsoonal flooding in another country. I’m sorry folks there are having problems but there’s not a damn thing I can do about it.
As far as car chases… I’m reminded of the old Keystone cops shorts.
Do I need to see 6 hours of live aerial coverage where 4 police cars are following one piece of shit 30 year old Toyota that can’t get above 50MPH? Or god forbid a white Bronco?
I swear on more than one occasion I’ve thought about Mad Maxing my truck and just T-Boning the hell out of the dumbass running from the cops.
I imagine that afterward, I’d drive home and get back to watching the football game that was interrupted for the car chase.
Or watch Tiffany’s perfect tits jiggle across my local weather map.
Maybe I need to go back to bed… I think I’m a little grumpier than I should be.
On the other hand…
A few episodes of TrueBlood might just make me a happy camper.