~ Real reporting takes vision, ooze just takes pores.
Medical offices these days seem to always have TV’s; which is OK perhaps, a ‘sign of wealth’ as they are. The problem is that these television sets are often on, left on and on and on. The noise and flashing lights makes it ‘hard to think at all’; if one is used to thinking, or likes to think.
Soaps are better than ‘news’, the soaps don’t pretend to be real or to be connected to reality. The news shows do; they pretend; they pretend that everyone in
I don’t watch television (anymore), I never watch the news, the news media, the mainstream news media circus. I don’t “subscribe” to the cable and satellite view on the world, or to their “services”, ‘funeral services’ as they might best be called or viewed or regarded if they are to be meaningfully regarded at all. The channels are a ‘death watch’ on or in
I was scheduled into the office by the doctors, the doctors of eyes, to see how my new ‘bionic eyes’ were doing; after the operation and all (“all” meaning time passed and complications possible). They were happy; happy eyes and happy doctors and happy technicians too. “Good healing.” “Small Incisions.” “No infection.” “Twenties and more twenties, or twenty something’s.” These are the good words one wants to hear in offices such as these, the ‘good offices’ of the medical world, department of ‘eyes’ and ‘ayes’ when the ‘ayes’ have it and the ‘old eyes’ or at least old lenses have had it (passed as they are, into the past).
The big lens on the wall, in the corner, was on while I waited for the verdict (written above). Television was once promoted as a ‘lens on the world’, ‘through the camera lens’ they said. Now most people see the lens as a ‘screen’ (and rightly so), something that ‘screens things’ that keeps the reality of the great outdoors from ever coming in. A weave and a warp that tries to make the world artificially nice but really just makes it artificial. Everyone must open the door sometimes, even the ‘screen door’ and face the cold or hot hard reality outside.
I had forgotten how ridicules and insipid television and television news could be. It was even worse than when I left it (and the companies that purvey the crud) a few years ago; it was even worse than it was a month ago when I saw it for the first time following my last eye operation. Things were not always so, or perhaps until now or recently (being a few years or two, or four) I was always blind; it is the “Amazing Grace” metaphor perhaps.
With bionic eyes one sees clearly almost always, the exception is the ‘ooze’. Eye ooze is the something that seems to pour out of the pores near ones eyes, the stuff that cleans and lubricates. Tears wash things away. Ooze is the heavy lifting stuff, the cleanser and the cleanings left behind; waiting to be washed or picked or rubbed away so ‘clear eyes’ and ‘clear vision’ might again be had.
Because of the differences in focal length between old lenses and post cataract surgery ‘monolenses’ the ooze distorts and blurs vision more with the ‘new eyes’ than with the ‘old eyes’. Where in the past one might not be particularly bothered by ooze blurred vision, the plastic (and fantastic elastic) eyes accentuate the distortion, making it properly more noticeable.
There was always the ‘ooze factor’ in television, the ‘evening news report’ had often become the ‘evening ooze’ with little rapport and little to report. So Ted Turner (the billboard guy) decided to rent (and build) a house and put cameras in his basement and ‘put on’ news twenty-four hours a day 365 days a year with an extra day on leap year even.
I watched the ‘launch’ of CNN (The Cable News Network®) live on television, I believe it was in late November or early December of 1980. I was living (appropriately) on the
TV signals are mostly ‘straight line’ things, they can’t flow around turns in the river like water can, so the signals couldn’t “dump” in the ocean and along the coast like the river did. Which was too bad since people lived in Astoria, liked and wanted TV, and this was helped by the fact that happy Portlanders often vacationed in and near Seaside to enjoy the seaside (which was really the ‘ocean side’ since the Pacific is not a ‘sea’ at all). The good people of
During the war (WW II) the entire defense of the Pacific Northwest relied on a long cable that was towed by winches across the mouth of the Columbia between Astoria and the fort on the other side (being the Washington side). It was a small diameter and rather ridicules cable, but the Japanese Imperial Fleet and the local spies (if there were any) never seemed to know this so never sailed up the
Local Astorians did know about the cable, hearing the winches clank and chug at night (and all) so they decided that maybe a cable could be laid all the way to Portland (or at least to the mountain tops) and they could have TV. Engineers and radio engineers soon came to the task, poles were placed, and the wire cable hung. With more wires being strewn and scattered about
There was nothing ever ‘free’ about Turner’s Network, but it was spectacular. The first shuttle launch live coverage made his day and the days for CNN.
Inspired by CNN; I had always loved the news and watching it; I went to work for a cable television company a month or two after the launch (the first launch or the second) in California. Gil Cable® was centered in
I worked for Gil as a street grunt, a ‘cable guy’, an order gopher for Rick Mulbeck (as I believe his name was spelled) the sales manager. He was the kind of guy that built cable TV in
I was with Gil for the launch of MTV (one of the first companies to carry the network), met the gang, heard their pitch pitching “V-Jays” and other new fangled concepts such as video-clipped songs and song segments, voice dub-overs and lip synching (maybe lips sinking with the music). The MTV people had high hopes for their future as a part of the American “wasteland of television”. They were right.
Then came Headline News, another day another launch; networks if not rockets to the stars. It was hard to explain the difference between CNN and CNN Headline News® to the free TV folks. Attention span and sound bites was and were the real difference. CNN required a little intelligence (then); Headline News required almost none; it was a “no-brainer” (for people with few or no functioning grey cells). Turner was fast learning that the power of news was “entertainment”. “No one wants to ‘know’,” he probably thought, “They just want to be entertained, to be distracted from reality, not to know about it (about reality that is).” About this time he married “Barbarella®”, a girl once with spine and conscience known to some as “Hanoi Jane”, daughter of the legendary Henry Fonda, sister of Peter Fonda who stared in “Easy Rider”. Go figure. Was she a ‘sell out’, I don’t know; maybe she’s rich and happy and sends care packages to
Jane’s efforts didn’t end the war (in
Post Script: For those interested in total accuracy one should Google the topic of the history of cable TV. My version goes from the
[2007.11.30 / Friday – Headline Ooze]