The ReplayTV in our kitchen bit the dust this week. (ReplayTV is the Betamax of the DVR world.) We struggled for a few days and then, despite our tight budget, bought a Tivo to replace it. It’s now one of three Tivo’s in our home. For reasons not entirely understood by me, the purchase resurrected a thought that plagues me every now and then.
Our country spends millions upon millions of dollars to produce mindless, artless, totally trivial entertainment which we in turn spend millions upon millions of dollars per year to consume. What would happen if the money spent producing and consuming total garbage was redirected toward giving people in this country and others the minimum standards of a decent life, a roof over their heads and food on their table?
Believe me, I am not getting up on my high horse. I am quite selfishly unwilling to part with my six televisions and five DVR’s (not to mention VCR’s and DVD players). However, if the government told me that I would have to do without luxuries until everyone had a minimally decent standard of living, I would begrudgingly give in, knowing it was for the better good of all concerned.
I’d like to know your reaction. What would you say if the next President of the United States called a press conference on the day after his inauguration and said:
Effective immediately, I am ordering the shut down of all TV and movie production studios. I am also ordering the discontinuance of all industry devoted to pure entertainment. The money previously used for these purposes will henceforth be redirected to housing and feeding the poor in this country and all over the world. Luxuries will resume when every American and every world citizen has a home and adequate food to sustain a decent life.
How would you react? I await your comments.