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The Absurdity Of American Television Programming

I fully understand that television programming in the United States is purely for entertainment purposes only. My fear is that there are actually individuals watching along with me that don't. Unfortunately, I think my fears are being confirmed each and every day. In fact I know they are. If there weren't enough of us watching, some of the absolutely absurd programming that is telecast on some channels every day, wouldn't exist. Now, I would like to be clear. I do watch television from time to time. And from time to time I am entertained. But in doing so I have found lately that I don't feel real good about myself for doing so. The absurdity, irony, and hypocrisy of these programs are really bothering me.

Any thing swamp these days has Americans glued to their sets. Swamp People, Swamp Brothers, and anything involving anybody that inhabits a swamp are programs, I can't afford to miss. Not a single episode. There is no way I am going to waste my valuable time on anything other than watching good ol' southerners shoot alligators in the head. Or catch and eat squirrel. Or even wrestle snakes. No way. This is must see TV! And why not? These are talents exhibited by true professionals on a national stage. I am not watching a baseball game if this is on. No way.

Isn't it interesting that within a two hour span of time, a television viewer can take in both Hoarders and American Pickers? Would it be fair to say that irony would best describe this situation? We have dyfunctional individuals creating garbage dumps so that other dysfunctional individuals can potentially sift through them for some really valuable stuff. If we were some how able to infuse a dating site into the mix, we could really create good dysfunctional romance. Unfortunately, until we get these individuals on the same page(date) and ultimately the same program, our waste disposal system is going to be run in an unproductive manner.

I love Man vs. Food. No, I really do. This is where I truly feel like a hyprocrite for watching this type of programming. It is also where the tone of this article is going to change. Whether you watch and enjoy this show or not, some level of hypocrisy must be acknowledged. Here is a man, not unlike myself, who truly loves food. In his love for food he will routinely eat upwards of 5 pounds of food in one sitting. During this eating "challenge", he will throw in free advice on how to successfully to do so. Unfotunately, there are bigger challenges to be faced. Men, women, and children are dying as we speak because they have no food of any amount to eat. Those are the facts. In fairness, to the man and this show, I honestly don't know if they do help the hungry in some form or fashion. I would hope so.

I do not work for Greenpeace nor do I pretend to have any answers to the world's most pressing issues. And again, by watching these televison programs I do openly profess to being guilty on all above mentioned accounts. I am guilty of judging all of the above mentioned individuals. The one thing I can say with absolute conviction is that I am not capitalizing on the smaller issues that occupy the time of all the good people on these programs, that, like you and me, are just trying to make our way through this world.


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