Alphabe-Thursday this round. I haven't been able to participate in recent times, but hope "real life" will allow me this indulgence. I've missed Alphabe-Thursday and hope Ms. Matlock will excuse my absence. You think this bribe will work?
I was born in 1945. We got our first TV set around 1951. You can see it proudly sitting in the background in this old Christmas photo.
I grew up in a suburb of New York City, so we probably had more channels than people in other parts of the country, but we still didn't have shows broadcast all day. I could be wrong about this, but I think the nightly news was only on for 15 minutes each evening. The Today Show didn't even come on the air until 1952. We received most of our news from newspapers.
CNN didn't come into being until 1980. It was the first 24 hour a day news channel. I believe that's when everything started to change. Cable TV changed everything.
Before 1980 the Jodi Arias trial might have been the lead story on the news in Arizona, but the rest of us probably would have heard mostly our area news on our local broadcasts. News of the Arias trial might have appeared on the first page of the Arizona newspapers, but for us it might have been a small story
on the second or third page.
There's no getting around it...the murder of Travis Alexander by the evil Jodi ARIAS was horrific. The bombings in Boston were so tragic. Two dead and all those people hurt by two evil men. Do they get much more evil than Ariel Castro? He took ten years from those women's lives and mistreated them the entire time.
Is there more evil in the world today? I don't think so. I just think we hear about things over and over again. We have 24/7 news coverage with lots of time to fill, Internet access, Twitter, Facebook, etc. We get flooded with all the horrific details.
Sometimes hearing about something over and over again can be good. We spring into action and want to help. National disasters like Super Storm Sandy and the recent Oklahoma tornado are good examples. It's so easy nowadays to go online or text a donation to the Red Cross.
I just have to believe that there is more good in the world than evil. It's just that evil seems to get more air time.
I sometimes wish we could go back to the old black and white TV days. (I think I'm showing my age.)
Now head over to Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent" for a list of this week's letter "A" participants.