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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Everyone wants to entertain or be entertained

I suppose that some of you are familiar with the HGTV Channel (here in the U.S.) which has a couple of nightly segments, House Hunters and International House Hunters.

In those segments, persons look for a house to buy and invariably want granite counter tops and a place to entertain.

That is, one of their sole preoccupations is a room or basement in which they can entertain guests.

Now, even if they “entertain” 65 times a year, that leaves 300 days of living without a need to entertain or accept guests over for drinks, food, and whatever else one does to “entertain.”

But the "entertainment" need trumps their housing want list.

The entertainment need isn’t confined to house hunters. Streaming outfits are rife with shows that they beg viewers to binge on (to be entertained): NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon, et al.

The town where our office is goes to extremes to provide venues that entertain: music, food (a big enticement), and a gaggle of insipid activities, including sports or visitors plying audiences with speeches and talks to make them happy with their forlorn lives.

And my Facebook pages, the UFO one and the Media one, are fraught with postings that hope to induce “likes” and favorite reviews or comments. Facebookers hope to entertain their new found or old-time friends, with photos of themselves, preening or eating or doing banal things.

Recently I visited a blog suggested by my friend, Chris Savia via The Anomalist listings.

The blog was a merry-go-round of leaden humor and twisted views on the paranormal, but the blogger received encomiums from his few visitors, saying his blog was the best ever, with writing superior to anything they’ve ever read.

God bless the fellow, who offered multiple thank yous to those who praised his variegated prose.

My point here is that we no longer, as a society, wish to be enlightened. We just want to be entertained or want to entertain.

UFO enthusiasts, via books, blogs, web-sites, podcasts, or radio shows now hope to attract those who have a need to be entertained, not made smarter, and in the process they become persons who entertain, which is all they need to feel fulfilled.

We, all, have descended into an abyss of stupidity and frivolity, just happy to be pleasant rather than intellectualized.

It’s much like the Roman era, right before the so-called barbarians removed entertainments and entertainers from society and civilization altogether.

Let’s hope that something similar will happen to our society and civilization before we all become clowns or vacuous receptacles for prattle and granite counter tops.



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    By Blogger hessdalen lights, at Sunday, May 15, 2016  

  • I find enlightenment entertaining.... As for the general population though, entertainment has a different meaning- shut your brain off.

    By Blogger Daniel Hurd, at Sunday, May 15, 2016  

  • Exactly, Daniel...

    There is some merit to shutting one's brain off, but not to the extant that our fellow humans are doing it nowadays.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, May 15, 2016  

  • @Julien,

    Actually something has changed. We don't own our culture any more. In Rome so long ago no one ultimately owned, lock stock and barrel, the culture or arts or entertainment. These things were used to control the masses but ultimately the Plebeians did not pay for the food or entertainment... someone else, who wasn't a Roman, paid.

    I'm going to skip stating my boilerplate screed on entertainment media and just say the entertainment industry sells a product and needs consumers. So the main differences between historic Rome and today, is that the Plebeians of today are paying for the Bread and ;paying for the Circus and unaware that they like Pavlov's dogs they are being conditioned to consume what is being sold.

    Many in this "field" [and other related "fringe topics"], as Rich has noted, try on a small scale to get on the "gravy train" and are willing to do whatever is necessary to get both money and / or recognition.

    Several names come to mind, several events, several specific topics repeatedly come up as "the gold mine" because those things sell books and TV series, and movies, and paid lecture time 'on the circuit' as a 'fringe' personality.

    Over the years there have been hoaxes, forged documents, photographs of questionable reliability, stories with the warp and weave of truth and lies to the point where you cannot tell where one begins and the other ends. Most of these have been about money and recognition and others were disinformation. None of this has stopped the book / movies / TV series sales or the topic conventions.

    There are some people who are actually do this stuff as their "day job" and there are those that live from "payday-to-payday" so they can buy it.

    I'm not one of those who live for this topic [regardless of what some think]. I have maybe three books on the topic which I inherited and several "free ebooks" on the topic I got from Amazon. I'd rather read other more meaningful things [when I can find them-- "manufactured" media is mostly not worth consuming] -- UFO / Fringe books tend to be poorly written and / or poorly edited.

    By Blogger Joel Crook, at Sunday, May 15, 2016  

  • Joel wrote:

    "....they are being conditioned to consume what is being sold."

    I think this is true in today's Westernized Culture. Most notably in North America.

    I don't know what percentage of the population we are talking about, and whether or no they are by majority lower, middle, or upper class.

    But it is true as I see it. My recent readings have been on "the secret government".

    I always thought this a bit of a joke or exaggeration, but the more I look the deeper it goes and there are credible and factual reports that have demonstrated that "big money" has been working on American society for many decades now in just this fashion.

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Sunday, May 15, 2016  

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