It may be more obvious to those that do not subscribe to a cable or satellite service, whom still have to rely upon the fast-dwindling VHF television stations still broadcasting, (as I do) however, most are probably aware of the plethora of cop shows, specifically the CSI-type that have largely replaced the older variety cop shows, westerns, family shows, etc, that some of us older folk grew up with. I receive a total of ONE stations on my “rabbit ears”, the last one operating in my area and due to shut down for good, sometime this year. Then, the only ‘entertainment’ available will be closed circuit cable that you have to subscribe to and pay for.
I choose not to subscribe to these companies, realizing that the quality of programming has hit rock-bottom and is simply not worth the time, effort and money it takes to set up and utilize this service. I also have a different idea of what constitutes entertainment and these conglomerates are not providing what I deem a quality product.
But, exactly WHAT are you getting for your money when you sign on?
The few ‘comedies’ ( I use this term loosely) are more the quality of what you might expect from a production mounted by adolescents stringing up a bedsheet in the attic as an improvised stage set. The scripts are lousy and improvised, the actors air-headed talent show graduates that were voted in on the judgement of an air-headed audience that wouldn’t recognize talent if it boinked them in the ass. One in particular: “The Big Bang Theory”. A cast of over-sexed knuckleheads passing themselves off as intellectuals that we are supposed to respect. Without a laugh track dubbed in, this show would be a real clock-stopper, a snorer. However, it does serve the purpose it’s producers expect from it. It dulls the senses and lulls it’s audience into a profound stupor.
The cop shows present a different angle, though. A more sinister one. One watching these dramas is quickly introduced to a world where authority is unquestioned and all-pervasive. The officers may be loose-living, amoral, well-coiffed clothing store mannequins with soap opera lives, but, their authority is absolute and it shows, especially during an arrest. Ever notice how the ‘suspects’ are almost never accompanied by legal counsel during questioning, yet they voluntarily (after a token few seconds of paltry resistance) unload all of their complicity and guilt upon their attentive inquisitors? Are they even aware they have the right to remain silent? The cops are always portrayed as good and righteous, which justifies these seeming oversights.
The main issue is probably one of conditioning… getting used to having these authority figures in our lives, which begs the question: “Why?”
We’ll be delving more into this issue, later.