October 03, 2003

Opiate of the Masses

Friday theme

There have been a couple of votes for television as the opiate, from the Chinashop and Talula. We haven't had a television for 7 of the last 9 years, if that much. We used to feel superior, but for me that has worn off. Now television feels irrelevant. When people talk about it, and I can't Ctribute, they seem to have a great time trying to explain what I didn't see. It fills in a lot of Cversation! It may be the opiate of the masses, but our household has stepped out of the masses it seems.

I'd actually vote for sport. It seems there are a lot of people that spend a lot more time on examining their favourite sportsperson or team than examining their own lives. And in this country the appointment of the coach to the All Blacks, and the progress of the team are front page news. Whole square metres of print (and no doubt hours of television but i dont' know ay?) have been devoted to the team selection and training for the world cup. The team hasn't even gone to the tournament yet. When they do we will be able to know about their diet, accomodation, personal lives, training. And I believe this devotion to sport distracts people from their own lives, making it by definition an opiate of masses.

Posted by Toni at October 3, 2003 12:05 PM