Are you for Real?

The title of this piece is an old expression. It has its uses because there’s more than one meaning to it.

I’m going to use another expression that cites the good old days: Do you remember when television was scripted and politics was reality?

The problem is that television says it’s real, but it’s not. It’s exactly the opposite. Take your Real Wives of Oshkosh. Those “real” wives are the most unreal things you’ll ever see. Leads me to wonder if they’re actually married.

It seems that everything on television has retreated from real. What disturbs me is that even the news is doing that, both by commission and omission. Commission: Fair and Balanced. Omission: fact checking. What’s flashing up on the screen is what just got put on the Internet (definitely no real) and has been hustled onto the “news.”

So the news is becoming less and less believable. With the result that anyone who has a camera turned on them feel beholden to stand up there and tell a whopper. Unfortunately a lot of cameras are turned on to politicians, and they have unfortunately discovered the bigger the lie that they tell, the more face time they get. So politics becomes scripted and definitely not for real.

So to get back to the title of this piece. Are you for real? I am all for real. The question is: where do I find it?

And all of the people from the “reality” shows seem to be right out of Central Casting.

 

 

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