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!