I agree. Holidays is my example. When you find Christmas decorations in stores in October........ Creating new holidays to sell product. I don't think I need to delve into it any further because I am sure you know what I am talking about. You'd have to stay out of stores and not watch TV to avoid it all.
I had no electricity during all the storms in California one day this month. What to do........couldn't work (office in home/internet, etc.) so I walked to the top of a big hill (wasn't raining at the moment) and soaked up the view. I have lived here 7 years and never walked up that hill before. No TV, no lights, you have to be creative with your time and I actually enjoyed the time with my son. We lit a lot of candles and talked and laughed.
You have to cut yourself off from the media/marketplace occasionally to get in touch with yourself/family.
I LOVE that, Gypsylee! What a great story.
I agree with all of you and have little to add. You've all given great arguments.
There is a great book that addresses this issue, especially from a writing/publishing point of view. It's called Mao II by Don DeLillo. It explores mass consciousness, society's preoccupation with celebrities and the homogenization of art/culture.
As for reality shows, they are the death of decent television.
What spooks me is that they wouldn't have such a prominent place in our media if there weren't so many people watching them! Why are people so fascinated with this garbage?
I also think it is important that Today is Tomorrow can’t be bought.
Fantastic point! Symbolically speaking, perhaps he represents spirituality (and his curse on Switters, the trials every human endures in life to grow spiritually) - spiritual enlightenment cannot be purchased, only earned. Not only is it free (economically,) sometimes humans resist the real thing! No amount of money placed in a collection plate will relieve a person of the hardships of their own particular journey. (Or maybe I've just gone off on a tangent and I'm way off base.
There is a lot to think about from this scenario. It says a lot about organized religion and the role money plays within these organizations.