Have you been TIFFed?

The Toronto International Film Festival is now in full bore and indeed “full of bores” who can find nothing better to do with their trvial lives.

As of yet I have not made it down to the area of “the red carpet.”

Even with Madonna in town.

I wonder what is it that takes people down to these banal photo shoots of celebrities?

Are their egos so weak that they need to be near the rich and the famous?

Television I have conclude has been an overall disaster, failing the hopes and dreams of its earliest promoters.It has succeded in delivering the image into millions of homes and increasing the desire to be famous.All surveys point to the dramatic rise of individuaism and egoism. The public remains ill-informed and massively distracted.How else can you explain Rob Ford as mayor of Toronto?

Edward R Murrow saw the deleterious trends in 1958.

Our history will be what we make it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes for one week of all three networks, they will there find recorded in black and white, or color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world we live in…he realities of the world in which we live…

We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

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    Your blog is a thoughtful and nurturing place to visit. Although never a religious person in a conventional sense, I’ve always believed that a weekly sermon has great value.
    Warm regards
    Tim
    Toronto


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