Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A divided nation of TV viewers

We all how divided we are as a nation today and now we can even say that there is a dividing line in the TV shows that we watch.  I watch 6 of the liberal shows and only one of the conservative shows (Pawn Stars)


1. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

2. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
3. Masterpiece (PBS)
4. 30 Rock (NBC)
5. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
6. The View (ABC)
7. Glee (Fox)
8. Modern Family (ABC)
9. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX)
10. Treme (HBO)
11. Cougar Town (ABC)
12. The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
13. The Soup (E!)
14. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)
15. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Adult Swim)
16. Outsourced (NBC)
17. Raising Hope (Fox)
18. Saturday Night Live (NBC)
19. The Office (NBC)
20. American Masters (PBS)
21. Project Runway (Lifetime)
22. United States of Tara (Showtime)
23. Shameless (Showtime)
24. Parenthood (NBC)
25. Conan (TBS)
1. Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction(Speed)
2. This Old House (PBS)
3. The 700 Club (syndicated)
4. Swamp Loggers (Discovery)
5. Top Shot (History)
6. The Bachelor (ABC)
7. Castle (ABC)
8. New Yankee Workshop (PBS)
9. Mythbusters (Discovery)
10. Only in America w/ Larry the Cable Guy (History)
11. American Pickers (History)
12. Swamp People (History)
13. Wheel of Fortune (syndicated)
14. Top Gear (BBC America)
15. The Middle (ABC)
16. Pawn Stars (History)
17. The Tonight Show (NBC)
18. Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
19. The Biggest Loser (NBC)
20. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
21. Dancing With the Stars, results show (ABC)
22. Man vs. Wild (Discovery)
23. Auction Kings (Discovery)
24. NCIS (CBS)
25. The Mentalist (CBS)

Source: Experian Simmons National Consumer Study

I to share a talk from Jim Rouse that Tom Coale posted on his blog HoCo Rising this morning.  It is why I miss this type of vision.
How do you face up to these opportunities . . .

First, see the world as one of opportunity.  Look for the opportunities.  Believe in them.  Don’t accept pessimism from disbelievers.  Pessimism creates nothing, builds nothing, supports nothing.  It’s the optimist in life who sees new possibilities, believes problems can be solved.  Optimism stimulates energy, spirit, hope and action.

When you face a problem, don’t fight it – look beyond it.  Figure out what would the situation be if everything worked.  What would it be like if this problem didn’t exist?  Find the solutionThen figure out how to get there.  In all kinds of situations, even in human relationships, one can look at the best that could be, and then figure out how to get there, rather than wallow in the distress and frustration of the situation trying to fight one’s way out.

Give yourself to purposes beyond self.  Fulfillment, happiness and success are almost never found in self service and self concern.  Watch for the truly joyous people, and observe their habitual reaching beyond self.  Nothing can be more important than people.  Don’t let money become a measure of success.  We all struggle with this.  Money and possessions are important.  It’s just that they should not command your life.  And there is a suction.  There’s a suction around you and me, around all of us, which pulls us toward automatic values – values that rise up out of our associations and the life around us without stopping to think whether this is really what we want to live for.  Living beyond yourself out there in the world, with concern for others, and for mankind, is where you will find that joyous, jubilant sense of self-fulfillment – the truly good life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the top liberal shows are mostly fiction/entertainment and the top conservative shows are mostly non-fiction/history/education.