Consumers Have Distorted Pictures of the World via TV and Art-isms

To understand the strange preceptions most people around me seem to hold as reality I’ve gone on a tangent to analyze why we as Americans are in 2011, so easy to fool. I begin with Dr Paul Craig Roberts article,

Americans Are Living in 1984

Paul Craig Roberts May 10, 2011

The White House’s “death of bin Laden” story has come apart at the seams. Will it make any difference that before 48 hours had passed the story had changed so much that it no longer bore any resemblance to President Obama’s Sunday evening broadcast and has lost all credibility? Read the rest here.
The TV age has evolved from three networks with 30 minute Monday through Friday news broadcasts which supplemented the daily newspaper’s journal reports on the events of the wide world for those of us middle aged or older. Today newspapers are dying, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc. are 24 hour outlets for endless loops of mini bites of ear catching jingoistic phrases to “inform” viewers painlessly almost by osmosis. This consumption of junk news has wrecked the critical thinking skills of most of Americans.

Having studied art history and practicing oil painting I have witnessed the parallel between the art world’s “Isms” and the television broadcast of events.

not the object or event that counted but the visual impression as caught at a certain time of day under a certain light.

work was characterized by distortion and violent colors

transforming fact into a symbol of inner experience

the human figure, distorted and elongated, was the most frequent subject.

Abstract Expressionism,
splattering the paint directly on canvas to achieve the subconscious interpretation of the artist’s inner vision of reality.

Assemblage (Collage),
pasted fragments to form an abstract composition

Ashcan School,
gritty urban scenes and ordinary, even ugly, aspects of life

Art Nouveau,
writhing forms, curving lines, and asymmetrical organization.

irrational, the absurd, the nihilistic, and the nonsensical

affirming the beauty of technological society

Asymetrical ornate curves, prettiness, and gaiety

stresses the weird, the fantastic, and the dreamworld of the subconscious

Read more: Glossary of Art Movements – Art Deco, Cubism, Realism, Surrealism & more –

All the above are communication tools to convince and tell a version of reality that the artist wishes to share.  We in the TV and Industrial Age have lost the ability to discern fantasy from reality because we enjoy Surrealism and Dadaism and all the other ways of seeing that are so omnipresent through the popular culture of TV, movies, games, and videos.

We need to disconnect from these things,

go outside sit on the porch,

take a walk around the neighborhood,

go fishing,

plant a garden,

paint the house or a picture,

clean out the attic or garage,

eat meals with the family without the TV on,

sit in the living room with a drawing pad,

pencil and paper,

knit or crochet,

sew on buttons,

tie fishing lures,

draw plans for a storm shelter,

study the seed catalogue,

make a budget for going to see Niagra Falls or the Grand Canyon or Yellow Stone before you die,

study how to make small engine books,

call your 1st cousin on the phone,

make plans for a mini family reunion with a couple or more members you’ve not seen since grandpa’s funeral,

discuss your experiences of the day, laugh, joke,

reminence in front of your children or grandchildren about things they haven’t heard about yourself and days gone by,

leave a smile on their faces,

and so many more things we can do if we just turn off the blocking effects of the TV, computer, games, and phone for a good long stretch every day.

Put Bibles for every family member near the seating to read or share if the notion strikes, then leave them open instead of closing them, sometimes that open Bible is all it takes to get someone started. We’ve done this kind of by accident and now find it a lot more inviting and accessable, one thing leads to another, mainly because there isn’t anything else to do in the room at this time but enjoy each other in conversation or quiet thought or study. (We move to the dining room table for game times.)

If you don’t remove the TV set at least put it in a cabinet that has doors to close when not in use, instead of letting it dominate the room you’re in. That blank eye just beckons to you to turn it on and tune out as they say. Make it a “together room” with comfy chairs, a place to put your feet up, good lighting, pleasing surroundings, and a window to watch the weather outside, and see how rich the time will become and how much you’ll treasure being truly “in the present”.

3 thoughts on “Consumers Have Distorted Pictures of the World via TV and Art-isms

  1. Hi!
    What a good comparison! I have never thought about it that way (art/tv)…but I agree with you very much.
    Your list is nice, too. Funny, I bet those are things you “just do” without thinking “I should do this- instead of this-“:)
    Nice to finally gret a chance to get over here and “meet” you!

  2. Mrs. Jennifer, I just now caught your May 12 comment, & was coming here to reply & found the 14th one, I guess blogger is still having some issues, but thankfully I did get them now.

    So nice to hear your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the (art/tv) post, I think I had a good day with that one, it was a thought process I learned through too.:) Funny how EVERYTHING seems to be linking up in this puzzle we call modern life!


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