November 21, 2010

Woo hoo, it's World Television Day!

Stop talking to your friends and family. Fold up your Sunday paper. Put down that damn book... it is World Television Day!

Started in 1996, November 21st was declared World Television Day by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN wants television to educate people around the world as it is one of the most effective and influential forms of media for information dissemination. TV is used to broadcast freedom of expressions and to strengthen cultural and social diversities.

According to the UN, television should be a force for democratic interrelation and social progress. This is a day to refresh commitments to help the development of media that imparts unbiased information, preserves cultural diversity without losing its identity, and promotes coordination among peoples. Uh... So do you think Fox News and the producers of Jersey Shore know this?

Sure, I watch the news, and Jon Stewart, and sometimes The Joy Behar Show. I watch the smart funny liberal stuff. And gun-toting bigots watch Fox News. So is this diversity, us each watching our own? Sort of.

Maybe the networks should celebrate World Television Day by having their talking heads change seats like a big game of musical chairs -- let Hannity go on CNN, let Jon Stewart go on Fox, Joy Behar can take over CBS News, Bill Maher can go back on ABC, Bill O'Reilly can take over The View, Katie Couric can take over a local station here in Canada, Sarah Palin can go to Entertainment Tonight, Larry King can be left without a chair when the music stops at the end of the game.

And just for sport, each talking head has to embrace the style and opinions of whose chair they are in... can't wait to see their heads explode!

10 comments:

injaynesworld said...

You and I could live happily together. No fights over the remote.

Jewell said...

The UN...working on the highly important issues of the world! *groan*

Yeah....people who watch Fox News are gun toting bigots. I don't own a gun, and have never been anywhere near close to being bigot in my life...so thanks for that!

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Ooh er Jewell! I take it you watch Fox news then?!! *wink*

Jabacue said...

Boy, we have a long way to go!
Jim

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

Agreed, the UN has better things to spend their time on, and I think that while bringing television to underdeveloped countries will certainly help them more forward, it is not a culture smorgasbard in North America now is it? And yes this comes from someone who embraces craptastic TV.

Didactic Pirate said...

A day for TV... finally, a national holiday I can get on board with.

I think I'll go celebrate right now with my couch. Sadly, the only kind of TV I plan on watching tonight will likely not so much be educational or informative... heh.

bmat10 said...

It is not a holiday unless I can get off work. And my boss will never buy TV day as a holiday. Besides every day is TV day.

meleah rebeccah said...

"Maybe the networks should celebrate World Television Day by having their talking heads change seats like a big game of musical chairs"

now THAT would have been interesting!

pattypunker said...

once i got out of jury duty by saying i got my news from bill maher and jon stewart. guess the prosecutors didn't like my being so liberal minded.

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

That is a fantastic way to get out of jury duty. Love it!

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