TV Made Me…

INT. THEATER STAGE. NON-TIME

A TV showing only static sits on a stool. The TV is the only source of light.

A woman steps in front of the TV, backlight.

KATE
Television. TV. Boob tube, idiot
box, electronic babysitter.

Kate pulls up a stool, her face sidelight by the TV. Slowly the theatre lights come up.

KATE
I love it. I can watch it all the
time. Okay, I do watch it all the
time. I can’t get enough.

INT. KATE’S LIVINGROOM. NIGHT.

Kate watches TV, flipping too fast for the images or sound to register.

KATE (VO)
Sitcoms, dramas, well except all
the Law and Order spin offs; I’m a
bit of a purist. But it’s not all
escapist; I watch the documentary
channels. It doesn’t even matter
what it’s about: endangered
animals, organized crime, ancient
civilizations, energy efficient non
polluting fuels.

INT. THEATER STAGE. NON-TIME

Kate slinks around the stage, as if stalking prey.

KATE
I’m what you’d call an information sponge.
(horny)
I’m a ravenous consumer, a bottomless pit, an unrepentant
couch potato,
(orgasmic)
I am the market they can’t glut.
(beat)
But I am on to them. I got it
soused. TV shows are not about
making you think, not really.

INT. KATE’S LIVINGROOM. NIGHT.

Kate pauses in her channel flipping and stares at the camera.

KATE
Okay, well, if they lose on the Law
and Order, I think, “Wow, that’s
unusual.”

Kate looks at her watch and jumps out of the chair, knocking the remote to the floor.

INT. THEATER STAGE. NON-TIME

KATE
But that’s where it stops. TV Shows
follow too far behind the real
social trends to be cutting edge or
thought provoking. Even the ones
described as edgy.
(beat)
No, what drives and guides our
dreams and ambitions, maybe not
make you think, but they get inside
your head, make you react and want
and lust and crave and spend money.

INT. KATE’S BATHROOM. NIGHT

Kate’s hand reaches from behind a several shower curtains to get one of four towels on different style hooks.

KATE (VO)
That’s when they know it works, you
spend money.

Kate steps out, covered. She moves to the sink where there are a half dozen toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants, other toiletries and a small TV showing Kate modelling various household products.

INT. THEATER STAGE. NON-TIME

KATE
Commercials. Yeah, TV commercials.
How many times, have you been
sitting at home, minding your own
business, and suddenly, you’re
hungry for no reason?
(beat)
I mean, you just had dinner and now
you’re hungry? Why?
(increasing lust)
That pizza on TV, maybe it’s a
burger. A big juicy, greasy salty
burger, with fries, and a jumbo
drink. You can pretend you’re going
there for the salad with grilled
chicken, but I know what’s in your
heart – and really is in your
arteries too. But, this is not a
health lecture, this is about TV. I
love it.

INT. KATE’S BEDROOM. NIGHT.

Kate has 6 different major clothing store chain outfits with distinct looks. She is unable to select one.

KATE (VO)
I don’t even like to go out anymore
because it takes me away from TV. I
mean, yeah…

A TV on the dresser shows Kate posing sexually with cars and very male identified products.

INT. THEATER STAGE. NON-TIME

KATE
I know I can tape the show, I got a
VCR, and it’s not even blinking 12,
12, 12, 12. I can use it. But,
taping….okay I tape something and
then what?
I mean, what I am going to miss
that’s on right now when I’m
watching the tape that I can
theoretically see any time? You can
see my dilemma.
But I digress.
INT. KATE’S KITCHEN. NIGHT.

Outfit selected, Kate tidies her kitchen. A half dozen different dish soapbottles vie for space against the backsplash.

A small TV on the fridge shows Kate re-enacting cleaners commercials.

KATE (VO)
TV Commercials. We know they work
because we buy the shit. Shit we
didn’t know existed in that many
flavours that we now can’t live
without because we’ve seen the
commercial.

INT. THEATER STAGE. NON-TIME

KATE
But why does it work? Does one
vacuum really work better than
another? Does one cleanser really
get the counters or your clothes
cleaner?
How much cleaner do things need to
be? Does it matter how many people
like one soft drink if you just
really like the other? What if you
only need 300 mg of headache
relief? Now you gotta cut those
little pills in half.
Should we care? No, because it’s
not really about any of those
things. Commercials are really not
about moving units of products.

Kate appears as Betty Page and other classic sex goddesses on the stage TV.

KATE
I mean, on one level yes, but what
the commercials are really saying,
what the real message is…If you
use our product, you can get laid.

Kate gives a sweet and innocent look, then LAUGHS and grows cynical.

KATE
That’s why we care about the bright
white smile, the fresh breath, the
not stinky or hairy armpits – the
cool car to get you noticed. All
commercials are about is sex –
getting the girl. Use our product,
get laid. Use our product so you
don’t stink anywhere on your
person, you’ll get some.

INT. KATE’S KITCHEN. NIGHT.

DOORBELL

Kate straights up, excited and runs to the front door.

KATE (VO)
Use our product to be the whitest
and brightest yourself, your house,
your car, and it’s nookie time.

INT. THEATER STAGE. NON-TIME

KATE
Use our product to attract
attention to yourself, clothes,
cars, whatever, and it’s Pussyville
population you!
So, what I’m saying, what I’m
really saying is, I watch a lot of
TV, so, it’s TV. It’s not nature or
nurture, it’s TV.

INT. FRONT DOOR. NIGHT

Kate opens to door to a hot butch babe, holding an assortment of lube brands.

KATE
TV made me gay!

Blind Patriotism and Religionism

Religionist Americans, because not all who are Americans are religionists, do not like atheist Americans because the fact of there being atheist Americans is an unequivocally statement that religionists will die and cease to exist, just like everyone else; that being a member of a religion doesn’t make you special, especially not special enough to thwart death. But everything dies in order for other things to live, in no small part owing to that life is sustained by consuming other life, be it plant or animal.

Atheist Americans also clash with the Patriotic American who also tend to be religionist Americans, who like to define “real” Americans as only religionist Americans, need for Americans to be special among all other nationalities. Religion and Patriotism operate in the same manner to define a group and confer specialness on all group members, simply for being part of the group. People who do not conform to the rigid group rules are then sanctioned for exclusion by the no true Scotsman fallacy.

To reject religion is to say we are all equal, regardless of where we are born, live, and die – and when we die, we make way for other people to live, and we live no more, except in memory. But only while there is living memory; unless you do something with your life that makes you uniquely special to be remembered by the masses.

This is why religionists actively engage in confirmation bias and why religionists mischaracterize and demonize naturalism (science) and create sciency justification for their religious beliefs. Confirmation bias is basically intellectual masturbation and it makes one blind to any data or rational that doesn’t serve the biased idea and framework.

Intelligent Design is creationism tarted up in science sounding language, but Intelligent Design isn’t science. It studies nothing, predicts nothing and is not testable or peer reviewable or repeatable. “Goddidit” is the sum total of the idea, but to make it seem sciency, god becomes a vague and ill-defined creator and to make it seem like plausible science, a concession that the creators could be aliens is offered. Because while aliens seeding our planet to bring forth life is more plausible than a deity, it continues to beg the question of where the aliens came from, in the same way that goddidit begs the question of where god came from then.

ID is to science as atheism is to religion – ID has no claims and is rejection of the scientific process and the theory of evolution. Atheism is the rejection of religion, and like ID, uses religion itself as the reason for the reject, and does not have claims of it’s own. Where they differ, is that atheism is rejecting unsound premises that are based on claims that are not internally consistent – whereas, ID is rejecting the scientific method and the internally consistent theory of evolution in favour of the unsound claims, and thus, rejects theory of evolution and science based on mischaraterizations and outright falsehoods, to maintain their religious ideas.

Basically, atheism is a sound rejection of an unsound premise and ID is an unsound rejection of a sound premise. They are both a rejection, but the basis for rejection are the polar opposites.

Science, currently is working to confirm the Big Bang Theory before tackling the question of what existed before the Big Bang and what caused the Big Bang – and this is acceptable, since science is a process by which to ask questions and arrive at answers, not start with answers and then fiddle the data to fit the preferred answer, as religion does.

Aside: I am inclined to think that the big bang was a universal resolution of the cognitive dissonance of existence and non-existence and this is where philosophy carries on where/when physics leaves off.

The reason why religionists demonize naturalists is because the fact of there being naturalists means that people can and do accept that this life is all we get – the moment of resolution for the naturalist is the atheist moment of accepting life on its face because there is no plausible evidence to the contrary, not in the whole of recorded history as there been any proof of anything beyond our existence.

What particularly bothers believers is that non-believers are not non-believers because of lack of exposure or even understanding of religion or a particular religion – more often than not, people reject religion because of their experience within and understanding of religion. We know what we are rejecting, and we are rejecting it because we understand it is wishful and magical thinking driven largely by a terror of dying and a need for conformity and inclusion.

To reject religion, is to reject religious people. This is why religionists – by this I mean true religionists commonly referred to as fundamentalists – react with violence and demonizing anyone who is not a true believer. Moderates, apologists, reformers if they are milder, are actually not true believers, their belief and dedication is less than the fundamentalist believer’s belief and dedication. The only true believer is a fanatical and literalist believer – anyone less has modified belief and gone off cannon, have tempered religious belief and practice with other beliefs and concerns.

This is why American patriotic religionists exclude people who are not blindly religionist and patriotic from being deems “real” Americans. Yet, these so called true Americans are the anti-Americans. America was not founded on religious ideas, let alone Christian ones. America was not founded on blind worship of authority, if America was about blind worship of authority, they would still be a British Colony and they would never have tossed King George’s tea into the harbour.

Okay, that’s too simplified, the reality is, that America was founded on the idea that individuals matter and that they have inalienable rights that are not based in anything as tenuous as a king or specific deity’s whim. But rather, that individual rights exist because individuals exist.

Individuals have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – follow your bliss, not your religious bling.

Live your life – the life that you know you have – to the fullest, most meaningful and most purposeful – as long as you live your life for your afterlife – you aren’t living at all and you are wasting the life that you can know that you have.

If there is anything after, then it’s a natural process and part of existence and it won’t depend on what or who you did or didn’t do with your genitals, or what kind of person you were or weren’t. Better to do good for the sake of good, rather than being good to be rewarded or avoid punishment in the afterlife.

And, when we die, and there is anything that does decide, then a person who was good, rather than one who acted good by complying with rules they had nothing to do with developing or understanding or deciding without any thought to whether those rules actually were good or caused good to result, will surely be the one with the reward in this and any other life.

Be good for goodness sake, and for goodness sake, think about what makes anything good.