Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Columns

September 21, 2009

SWEETTALK

Tired of the media teeing off on Tiger

In my opinion, television is the gasoline that fuels pop culture. It is dumbing down via the ionosphere.

Cultural pollution is transmitted by screaming commentary and obnoxious hosts who love to air their opinions, creating the equivalent of a media Twinkie. Viewers are dragged through every Hollywood scandal and lurid story about political, sports and film figures to the point of our utter disgust.

This sentiment was found in the Epilog of a book I recently found on my bookshelf, and was written by an author Chris Fabry. I took a little bit of literary license in the translation because the book was written and published in 1961.

He was not speaking directly about the Tiger tirades that are currently on the tube, but he well could have been. Just when we thought that we had some time to sit back and enjoy some entertaining, thoughtful and interesting Christmas (or holiday) programs, as a respite from the reports of the shenanigans of Michael Jackson’s lifestyle, we are now being inundated by the screaming commentary of the multiple adulteries of Tiger Woods.

I am not surprised, nor am I approving of his behavior, but I am really tired of the noise being made, greater than the reports of his unbelievable victories of the golfing world. That is the Tiger I admire.

I was, and am, a sports fan and have athletic respect for the various golf, baseball, football and basketball sinners. But understand this, my interest in them is strictly for their exploits on the field, diamond, greens and court with absolutely no interest in their bedroom exploits. I make no apology for that. But listen, I don’t want to hear about their personal lives unless I hear that they have great spiritual qualities that they share with their admirers.

Text Only
Columns
Featured Ads
Poll

Should vaping in public, such as in stores and restaurants, be treated the same as smoking, whether regulated privately by the business or by local governments?

Yes, vaping in public should be restricted like tobacco smoking.
No, vaping shaping should be allowed anywhere.
Not sure/undecided.
Don't care.
     View Results
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Weather Underground Radar
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Must Read
Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide