One of academic philosopher Mark Rowlands’s books is Everything I Know I learnt from T.V. Rowlands isn’t being academically precise in the title, but makes the point that you can learn a lot from television, and it’s where most people pick up their world views. In the ‘West’ we seem to have a lot of free information, so have access to enough viewpoints for us to form opinions and think we know as much about our existence as we can.
Beyond the Extremes: Chicken and Egg
When I went to university I wanted to know as much as possible, including like Gary McKinnon what was in Area 51 in the U.S.A, and if there was knowledge of life beyond our world.
I guess I thought it was safe then, but 9/11 and what followed showed that government secrets are necessary. Conspiracy theorists probably argue that was one of the reasons somebody in the ‘West’ did it, along with creating justification for a global military clampdown, but I don’t think the following decade in American politics and international affairs suggests that was the case.
Media Lucky in Blighty and the West
I apparently grew up in the golden age of British children’s television, and think I did in the golden age of comedy too, with many great sitcoms in the 1970s and 1980s. I think there’s enough choice in the media, with the internet and multiple channels (like Quest, Eden and Sky Ocean Rescue [although Rupert Murdoch seems to have been a ‘baddie’ for most of his life in the eyes of the world I welcome Sky joining the environmental battle, as Richard Flanagan did a businessman protecting forests in Tasmania]) providing choice and specialist interest.
While I mentioned the BBC and Hollywood in my criticism yesterday it was with a heavy heart rather than vindictiveness, as they’ve provided most of my entertainment, and a lot of my general knowledge in my life.
Look North Conspiracy?
As nobody else was blamed for the Jimmy Savile years in the BBC I can’t help wondering if there are still such elements controlling operations. Those suspicions were heightened when Harry Gration and Paul Hudson went on a sponsored walk around Yorkshire not long after the Savile years were publicised, and said in the studio that it was suggested from above.
While my charity fundraising, and grooming scandal criticism, wasn’t getting much attention after twelve years of endurance running and freelance blogging, it seemed ironic that the BBC, home of Savile, sent out two middle-aged/old men and the public flocked to them as if there had never been any scandal at the BBC: like Russell Brand being Stylist women’s magazine’s man of 2017!
I don’t think Gration and Hudson were involved in any conspiracy (and especially not Keeley Donovan, local superAAW, who I’m glad to see seems to have been promoted to presenter, as well as getting engaged to be married), and beyond the conspiracy think it was great they did the fundraising, and that people supported them, but within the conspiracy at the BBC, because nobody was blamed for Savile, could have been symbolic tools of evil power people like Savile; I.S. and Weinstein; who think the ‘masses’ are easily manipulated for their entertainment and service.
I write this in hope that Blighty is emerging from that era, with more truth and information, but fear more waves of it, especially from mass immigration and multicultural fascism, as the inside children’s homes scandals of the 1950s – 1980s were replaced by outside children’s homes scandals from the 1980s -2010s.
Will Blighty ever be safe for children? Not with more immigration and cuts I fear, in a stormy seas scenario, rather than the calm reservoir needed. That’s why I continue to write about it, and watch television as much as possible, following my PhD in Communications (mostly media) Studies in 2005.
Doctor Who Am I?
One of my favourite programmes and earliest sci-fi inspirations when young was Doctor Who, on a Saturday evening after Grandstand (sports programme) I think. The newest Doctor Who team of doctor and assistant, Jodie Whittaker and Bradley Walsh, role reversing younger woman and older man, kind of symbolises how I’ve been blogging, and my main target audience, over the last twelve years.
My writing has evolved to being more complex than that, psychologically scientific rather than sci-fi scientific, but I’m sure there’s going to be lots of knowledge and philosophy contained in the series, and especially for the young audience Doctor Who is aimed at. I think Bradley Walsh is a safe option for an older man in the series.
Sorry to Stylist, which I generally enjoy reading, and all his female fans, but I still don’t think the same for Penguin publishers’ choice of Russell Brand to retell the Pied Piper story!
For those who think I’m jealous of Brand, or anti-hippy, here’s some images from my ‘counter-culture’ time in South America in 1994 chasing the same kind of mind dreams and world knowledge that Brand and his followers seem to want; perhaps an early influence on my greenYgrey concept theme for my writing site!?:
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