Priroda i društvo

dedicated follower of fashion… (3:02, The Kinks, In The Name Of The Father, 1966)

Svojevremeno naletio sam na neke eseje koje su pisali Šenoa i Krleža poslije njega koji opisuju malograđanštinu i dekadenciju društva u kojem žive; to naravno nisam sačuvao niti zapamtio gdje su bili kako bi ih ponovno mogao pročitati. Danas sam pak naletio na govor od Edwarda R. Murrow-a (vidi wikipedia) koji 1958 godine opisuje društvo u kojem živimo i iskrivljeni pogled na svijet koji pruža televizija. Cijeli govor možete pročitati ovdje, a dio govora sam besramno iskopirao:

Our history will be what we make it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes for one week of all three networks, they will there find recorded in black and white, or color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live. I invite your attention to the television schedules of all networks between the hours of 8 and 11 p.m., Eastern Time. Here you will find only fleeting and spasmodic reference to the fact that this nation is in mortal danger. There are, it is true, occasional informative programs presented in that intellectual ghetto on Sunday afternoons. But during the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live. If this state of affairs continues, we may alter an advertising slogan to read: LOOK NOW, PAY LATER.

For surely we shall pay for using this most powerful instrument of communication to insulate the citizenry from the hard and demanding realities which must be faced if we are to survive. I mean the word survive literally.

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