“I can see the game better on the radio.”

In a world where news is instantaneous and change is the norm, it’s nice to pause now and then to recall when the world moved at a slower pace and we were, I dare say, better people. This story in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer points out that lingering aspects of times past remain as true and comforting as ever.


5 Replies to ““I can see the game better on the radio.”

  1. For one thing, we weren’t scared shitless by every right wing crazy who predicted we’d be slaughtered in our beds. In a time when there really was an international power with atomic weapons pointed right at us, we managed to act like sane people for the most part.

    Also, hatred and race-baiting were, at least nominally, kept under wraps and something to be ashamed of.

    We treasured science and knowledge, had some knowledge of history and were not led mindlessly by slogans and threats.

    For starters…

  2. Is being cowed by right wing talking heads any better than practicing nuclear fire drills or building bunkers? is today’s rhetorical racism really worse than yesterday’s fire hoses? Is the current neglect of science worse than the superstitions and religiosity of the past?

    I am not confident in answering those questions, but I fail to see how people are worse now than they once were.

  3. Good questions. Let’s try to answer them.

    A goodly portion of the populace this very dayd would love “nucular” fire drills and a bunker building campaign because it would play to their carefully cultivated (both personally and by outside forces who need it to maintain their hegemony) paranoia, fear and anger.

    The superstitions and religiosity of the past not only remain, they have been exacerbated and given the imprimatur of politicians and the popular media.

    It all starts with the basic fact that people today are, to put it simply again, dumber and less informed than ever. Many of them take pride in their ignorance. And charlatans of all sorts (see paragraph above) feed them lies and distortions with impunity.

    And our politicians? “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

  4. At one time there was actually some of what they call “bipartisanship.” There were disagreements, but they weren’t as disagreeable and nasty as they are now. Now it’s the norm to viciously insult your “honorable opponent” and seek to find the skeleton in his closet while desperately hiding your own (can we say Newt Gingrich and Norm Sanders?).

    To be sure there were times in long-ago where this nastiness was practiced and ignorance (a good education was only for the very rich) was as rampant. There were, after all, fistfights on the floor of congress in the 1800’s and a few deadly duels before that. But we’ve outlawed the duels and attempted to banish the ignorance- somewhat successfully (despite the NRA) on the former but not so much on the latter as many take the lazy way out and just plagiarize and copy off the smart kid’s paper to get by and then brag about it.

    My fervent hope is that stupid actions and the consequences will eventually weed out the stupid and willfully ingnorant as they die and get caught and jailed and we’ll get down to the smart kids again, but our last president’s big win the second time and the hue and cry of the radio radicals doesn’t hearten me much.

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