Posted On: Wednesday - September 14th 2022 7:52PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  TV, aka Gov't Media  Americans
(Thanks, Adam Smith, for the Hypno TV image.)
Lately, the Peak Stupidity posts on TV have been related to one of my favorite shows from the 1970's, The Rockford Files. You will find 9 posts on that show under our TV, aka Gov't Media topic key, starting with Peak Rockford Files. Those are upbeat posts and not really applicable per that full topic key name. We were different then, and TV was different then. The trend had started though - they want you to keep that thing on and watch it incessantly.
It's been a while, but my annoyance at this incessant TV-watching stupidity keeps cropping up. Peak Stupidity last posted on TV Inanity in November of last year. We've had a few more post before on what I call "force-feeding of TV" here, here, and here. It's gym's, doctor's offices, store lobbies, airport terminals, and all over.
This one was not too bad in terms of personal annoyance, but ... let me explain. The middle one of the links above was about TV in the lobby of an auto shop. I had to wait a while for they guy to pull out my new car battery, and they didn't like it when I turned off the TV. This time, I had 4 new tires that I was just picking up (uninstalled), so it was a 5 minute wait for the customer ahead to pay*.
Ahhaaa, I saw the remote control for the TV up top at the front of the counter by chance. I wasn't sure this time if anyone was watching it, but I went for the power button. No go. (These things are complicated.) The shop guy came in and exclaimed "That's the TV remote." "I know, I was gonna turn it off." A customer who seemed to have his shit together, appearance-wise, was just dumbfounded, as was the black shop guy. "I was watching", the customer told me. "OK, I couldn't tell."
It's not the TV itself this time, but the reaction that's got me wondering about people. See, they were both looking at me and each other like I was some kind of nutcase. I wanted to ... GASP!... turn off the idiot plate! OMG! It's always on. What would we do, you lunatic?!
That previous time had a really funny ending, because, after it DID go off, because TVs are computers like about everything else, the guys were having a hard time getting it going again. (I left during this fun, haha!) This time, they are disgusted with me, and I'm disgusted with them.
PS: Really, the black shop guy seemed cool otherwise. When I unloaded the old tires (on the rims) earlier in the day, I asked him "hey, can you bounce these like a basketball?" He knew I directed this at him specifically, cause, you know ... and he appreciated that. Then, after the TV thing, we talked old cars for a minute.
* Paying is just not so simple as it used to be though. Those time-saving computers make it take a lot longer.