I rarely watch television, yet I can't help notice the annoying rapid fire dialogue on shows such as NCIS or the many similar programs now being produced. The scripts appear to be written with an automatic weapon kind of philosophy, and I wonder how much of this is aimed at keeping viewers interested when our collective society has a constantly shrinking attention span. Seems the world doesn't want to think, the world wants to be entertained.
I guess I'm somewhat old fashioned. The BBC produces some wonderful television drama, as too does PBS, and the ABC in Australia. Commercial television has become less about real issues, and more about this kind of rapid fire entertainment I find so insulting. The sad fact is this stuff must rate, and that being the case, what does it say about society these days.
I see my own family sitting, remote control in hand, too impatient to devote the requisite time enjoying any one particular program, clicking between channels in the hope of finding something that can grab their attention. It doesn't seem to matter they may have missed the context of a potentially good story.
The joy of reading has almost disappeared, unless of course it is the attention grabbing headlines of a daily newspaper, or the picture of a celebrity on the cover of a women's magazine. Murder works. Celebrity works. All manner of guises are used to lure otherwise intelligent people into reading trashy shit, yet even then, I wonder how many actually invest the time to go beyond the headlines or the pictures.
Many kids are addicted to playing video games in which characters are slaughtered, so why should anyone be surprised when public reaction to violent mass killings tapers off so quickly, and any meaningful dialogue about gun control legislation dies equally as fast.
It is not necessarily that people don't care, it is that the vast majority are too immersed in a narcissistic world where Facebook status takes precedence over any deeper sense of community responsibility... where what celebrities are doing is of more interest than what is happening in their own neighborhoods... where instant gratification is more meaningful than whatever may be in the best interest of the planet or the survival of a particular species, including the human race.
Why must the world be like this ? Maybe less intellectual masturbation, and more collective awareness is the key. An educated and informed populace could be such a powerful force.