One day, many years ago as I was driving to work, I heard a man on the radio speak of something that caught my attention. He said that TV’s used to get their signal through antennas and telephones required wires. Now phones use antennas and TV’s use wires.
From the early days of my life, I remember almost every house had a TV antenna. When I was six, I lived in an area that had just one station and it required a high antenna to pick up that station. Some might not remember the days when almost all houses had the antennas and it almost looked like an artificial forest of metal trees.
Now they are gone, at least most of them. It is rare to see one of them sticking up. It makes it easy to see those who don’t have cable.
Normally, phones had a wire on them of about ten or twelve feet. For those willing to pay for it, longer cables could be installed so that the girls could take the phone in another room for a little privacy.
Now, most use cell phones. The antennas on them are so small we can’t see them. However, we no longer have cables attached to them. Privacy is simple. The young ladies can go into their rooms or even outside.
The odd thing about it is that lately, people have started watching TV on their phones. So, in a sense, it has gone full circle. The TV is using an antenna again.
In my book, “Mitch,” I point out another switch up. In the early nineteen hundreds, people used horses. Only the rich had cars. They were, so to speak toys too expensive for most. Now, most of us have cars. Most of us can’t afford horses. Of course, if the tree huggers have their way, we will go back to riding horses and only the elite will ride around in self-powered vehicles.
I don’t think I want to be around in that day. Cars might spew smog, but horse manure produces disease. Try looking up the old days in New York before cars. That stuff did not disappear on its own, you know.
There has been a big shift in commercials too. In my youth, the media constantly discouraged gambling. It was seedy and only bad people did it. Well, I guess some good people gambled too, but not on TV. Many programs showed the good guys shutting down the gambling outfits and, of course the schools were often leading the way.
Schools, of course, did what they could to discourage gambling. Governments at every level depicted gambling as wrong.
I blinked my eyes. Next thing I know, it turned completely around. Whoa to the politician that suggest shutting down the gambling. We can’t do that. We need the money. By the way, it fixed nothing. We now have the gambling and we still don’t have enough money to run the governments at every level. Actually, it is worse than before.
They are still calling for more money for the schools. The gambling didn’t help one bit. I have noticed the county south of where I live allowed gambling. They are far worse off than before. The state had to come in and take over the school.
On the other hand, the number of people writing hot checks has skyrocketed. Though I can’t prove it, I am sure the robberies have gone up.
There is a reason that those in the old days drove out gambling. It would appear we can’t learn from history. It means we are doomed to repeat it. The difference is that now, nothing less than a miracle will get rid of it. Now our society is more dependent on it than a druggy on heroine. Near as I can tell, we are stuck with it and it hasn’t solved a thing.
In the movies, they used to show people smoking. It was encouraged by tobacco companies to get people to smoke. It worked. Then we had a couple of generations of people dying from lung cancer.
Recently, they decided that was a bad idea. Now, there is a big campaign to stop smoking and it is no longer seen in recent films and TV shows. To some degree, it has succeeded. I’ve noticed the number of people smoking, even in the military has decreased.
I think it was a good idea. My question is, what took so long for them to figure it out.
It does make me wonder what the liquor companies are paying Hollywood to show the drinking. Actually, drinking causes more problems than smoking. Basically the smoker is the only one who suffers. The drunk causes problems with almost anyone he encounters.
I wonder how long it will take society to realize that. I wonder just how long Hollywood will continue to portray drinking as cool…the thing to do.
One day I was taking a walk. I saw a pickup with a sticker on the back window, “My granddaughter was killed by a drunk,” or something to that effect. I talked to the owner of the truck. The granddaughter was two. The drunk had been arrested twice before for drunk driving.
Sorry. I don’t see drinking as cool. One thing I know that no one can dispute. No one becomes a drunk without taking the first drink. As a society, we should discourage that first drink. Instead, it is encouraged on every side: TV, parties, military (though it is openly admitted that it is a big problem) and peers.
I get it, really I do. I know you have to have your alcohol. You say you can give it up if you want to. You just don’t want to. I really understand. You just don’t want to give it up. Fine. Just please, don’t encourage others to drink. You just might save the life of a two year old, maybe yours.
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