The Golden Age

February 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

I

Of television: life and living.

 

It’s true that our plumb jobs start early

And that we’re late to leave

But my god

 

It’s the Golden Age –

Of television.

The programs are cinematic

Epics of Dickensian storytelling;

Shakespearean dramas, comedies,

Tragedies – visual feats and feasts:

Catharsis

 

From the long office hours

Spent in cubicles

Waiting…

‘Till we can return home

To watch the televisual masterpieces

From the minds of masterminds

Come these tales of escape

And fantasy;

Where new realities and old

Are (re)invigorated for (post)modernity.

II

The cost of living is high

    It’s true

The high life is costly

For  the  hours  we  keep  are  long:

Long  have  we  been  sleep  deprived:

Depraved  men  and  women

Doing  little  exercise  and  are  unfit

In  body  as  in  mind

 

But…

When we finally return

To our overpriced homes

On various devices we can watch:

Switch on; switch off

And forget who we are.

 

Therefore, we work

Away

All the while

Becoming tired

And are justified in this

Respite from the ‘real’ world:

TV

III

And it must be such,

It’s true

For it all comes down to cost:

The desire

Of comfort

Must outweigh

The discomfort

Of revolt:

It’s revolutionary math.

The price of peace

Is the willing submission

Of all;

Or, at least,

Most.

Thence, we are encouraged to speak out…

But only to say:

‘What’s the alternative?’

For there is no acceptable answer

To this equation

Aside from the status quo:

Docile bodies do not ask

Questions about rights;

They are dismissed

Too tired.

Critical thinking is not required

To live your #lyf.

[It is almost embarrassing to bring these things up but…]

(Somewhere else someone cries

Somewhere else someone dies

Somewhere else someone is homeless

Somewhere else someone is jobless

Somewhere else someone has no TV)

 

What a shame.                                                    They’re missing out!

On Freedom

To choose what program to watch

In the Golden Age

Of television!

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