[lit-ideas] Re: Didn't I tell you so?

  • From: Andy <min.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 13:14:39 -0700 (PDT)

Fine, except what does the pre-television era have to offer?  More sleep maybe, 
because there was no electricity.  Other than that, what?  Less war?  Less 
child abuse?  Was everyone spaced out on laudanum maybe?  Is that what made it 
good?  They executed pre-teenaged children for stealing clothes in the good old 
days.  Specifics, please, of what distinguishes this golden age before 

Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  Andy: I hear in this a hankering for the good old days.

Well sometimes a bassoon can sound like a foghorn, I guess. 
But I was addressing John's point that people seldom stray 
outside their socioeconomic class these days, and fail to 
identify with anyone who is not precisely ... themself.

Part of this failure to understand seems rooted in the way 
community (a basic human need, not an old-fashioned 
sentiment) works out. What do people share? Shopping malls 
maybe, maybe highways. Other than that, our galvanizing 
community seems to consist of TV.

Everyone knows the jingles to ads and the feisty TV 
characters who reflect ... the viewers. Our lowest common 

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