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112. I would argue the internet is equally responsible for dumbing down society
Are those of you blasting Spelling and TV prepared to chunk your connection-services and join a monastery?
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  -Q. "Why won't the American People WAKE UP?" A. "Aaron Spelling" omega minimo  Jun-24-06 10:57 AM   #0 
  - So if you don't like it, don't watch it. Are you going to be the taste  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 11:02 AM   #1 
  - Voluntary brainwashing?  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:04 AM   #2 
  - Okay, you want to tell us what books are good for us to read? We'll just  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 11:12 AM   #11 
     - Have you read "1984"?  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:47 AM   #27 
        - You sure sound like a lot of fun. NT  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 11:48 AM   #28 
           - More fun than living is the mall  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:55 AM   #30 
           - Of course I've read it.  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 12:03 PM   #31 
              - The jokes on you  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 12:24 PM   #39 
              - Why are you always attacking people?  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:59 PM   #103 
                 - I don't feel I've attacked you. I merely pointed out that Spelling gave  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 02:07 PM   #111 
           - Someone's had too much coffee...or something. n/t  mountainvue   Jun-24-06 01:47 PM   #93 
  - True  Johnny Noshoes   Jun-24-06 12:31 PM   #44 
  - and your quote makes the brainwashing point  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 01:08 PM   #67 
     - I watch very little TV myself.  Johnny Noshoes   Jun-25-06 12:48 PM   #173 
  - It's not simply a matter of taste, look at what Norman Lear...  greyhound1966   Jun-24-06 02:30 PM   #121 
  - He can him a pass on The Mod Squad  Dear Bastards   Jun-25-06 03:26 AM   #168 
  - The local news called him and Icon... what a waste of airtime  pooja   Jun-24-06 11:04 AM   #3 
  - He also financed And the Band Played On  dsc   Jun-24-06 11:04 AM   #4 
  - He also facilitated the "Greed Is Good" Reagan nightmare that brought us  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:08 AM   #6 
  - That is more than a little absurd  dsc   Jun-24-06 11:11 AM   #10 
     - Reagan was absurd. Maybe you weren't around.  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:22 AM   #19 
        - My 20th High School reunion is next month  dsc   Jun-24-06 11:31 AM   #23 
           - So you were 15 in 1983  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 12:03 PM   #32 
              - Yea I do  dsc   Jun-24-06 12:07 PM   #34 
                 - Do you see we are at the end of the Reagan Era now?  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 12:32 PM   #45 
  - Beat me to it...  LostinVA   Jun-24-06 12:59 PM   #57 
  - I think nearly 70% have..its the 30% that are doing all the talking  INdemo   Jun-24-06 11:07 AM   #5 
  - Oh come on  Greeby   Jun-24-06 11:08 AM   #7 
  - I guess you had to be there  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:11 AM   #9 
  - In the words of Groucho Marx  LanternWaste   Jun-26-06 03:09 PM   #197 
  - But in England their are daily alternatives to schlock, here we really  greyhound1966   Jun-24-06 02:51 PM   #127 
  - At least I'm consistent in one area  Warpy   Jun-24-06 11:10 AM   #8 
  - LOL  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:15 AM   #14 
  - RIP, Mr. Spelling  WesDem   Jun-24-06 11:13 AM   #12 
  - Whaddya mean he made a KILLING off the ignorant?!!  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:18 AM   #18 
  - i plead guilty on 90210.  chimpsrsmarter   Jun-24-06 11:14 AM   #13 
  - Have you seen Charmed? ass kicking, unapologetic sexually active, strong  fleabert   Jun-24-06 11:17 AM   #15 
  - Charmed is cheesy and it rocks  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:29 AM   #22 
  - I am a big Charmed fan  dogday   Jun-24-06 11:33 AM   #24 
  - Tori has also been in a gay movie -- and was very good in it!  LostinVA   Jun-24-06 01:01 PM   #58 
     - Trick right?  haruka3_2000   Jun-24-06 05:54 PM   #143 
  - Everyone has their drug of choice. For many, it is the television.  1monster   Jun-24-06 11:17 AM   #16 
  - I hear ya. It's been tough and finding that balance is the best we can do  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 11:37 AM   #26 
  - Gawd, that was some bad tv  Ishoutandscream2   Jun-24-06 11:18 AM   #17 
  - I have to say I have heard of a lot of these shows but....  dicknbush   Jun-24-06 11:23 AM   #20 
  - I watched  Geek_Girl   Jun-24-06 11:28 AM   #21 
  - Here's the thing  TallahasseeGrannie   Jun-24-06 11:33 AM   #25 
  - I watched some of those shows and loved them.  cat_girl25   Jun-24-06 11:54 AM   #29 
  - All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy  johnnie   Jun-24-06 12:04 PM   #33 
  - Steady diet of cheesy crap makes Jack dull, slow and dumb  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 12:17 PM   #37 
     - Intelligent people can differentiate between the two  johnnie   Jun-24-06 12:26 PM   #40 
        - Good point. I like cheese that isn't stupid and stereotyped  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 12:56 PM   #55 
  - Oh For Gods Sake He's A TV Producer, Not Karl Rove. And He Was A Damn  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 12:11 PM   #35 
  - I agree. There were dull, slow, and dumb people long before the Love Boat  MJP   Jun-24-06 12:27 PM   #41 
  - Proud to say I never watched a single episode of any of those shows  Philosoraptor   Jun-24-06 12:13 PM   #36 
  - He was not the ONLY one... He was but one of many...  SoCalDem   Jun-24-06 12:18 PM   #38 
  - Somebody who lives in this kind of opulance has zero regard for people.  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 12:29 PM   #42 
  - What An Ignorant Broad Brush Generality That Sentiment Is.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 12:39 PM   #47 
  - Stop Insulting People And Go Away  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 12:51 PM   #52 
  - You First.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 12:55 PM   #54 
     - You know I will not "discuss" with you. DON'T BOTHER THE GUESTS  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 01:01 PM   #60 
        - Stop The Personal Attacks Omega. Many Of The 'Guests' Don't Agree With  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 01:11 PM   #69 
           - Golly gee, what would the Havemores do with out you?  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:17 PM   #74 
           - Yeah, And I'm The One That Attacks.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 01:19 PM   #77 
              - Is that all life is to you? The accumulation of wealth?  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:21 PM   #78 
                 - Gee, Yet Another Sentiment Of Broad Brush Ignorance.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 01:27 PM   #83 
           - Your Personal Attacks Make "Discussion" Impossible And You Know It  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 02:16 PM   #120 
              - The Only One I See Right Now Doing The Personal Insulting & Attack Is You.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 03:06 PM   #131 
                 - Calling you on your reversals & lies is not an attack. I refuse to be  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 07:53 PM   #150 
                    - Wait, So That's Not An Attack On Character Right? LOL  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 09:35 PM   #152 
                       - And there's the reversal, more lies, the usual mindfuck  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 09:51 PM   #154 
                          - And Yet You Keep Replying. Over And Over And Over, Each Time In A  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 10:06 PM   #155 
                             - Stop Insulting People And Go Away  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 10:41 PM   #156 
                                - You First.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 10:46 PM   #157 
                                   - This has been, truly, the most boring and unessential flamewar ever.  Rabrrrrrr   Jun-25-06 03:31 PM   #175 
                                      - Samo insanity like poison flypaper baited with bullshit  omega minimo   Jun-25-06 04:56 PM   #178 
                                      - And Yet It Was All True.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-25-06 06:17 PM   #180 
                                      - It Was A Tremendous Waste Of Time.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-25-06 06:25 PM   #181 
                                         - Actually, it wasn't you - it was Omega and Jara Sang  Rabrrrrrr   Jun-25-06 07:09 PM   #183 
                                         - LOL With Friends Like You, Who Needs Enemies?  omega minimo   Jun-25-06 08:04 PM   #186 
                                            - "Maybe you could see better if you got up off your knees?"  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-25-06 08:36 PM   #187 
                                            - And everything he said was dissing the SENTIMENT, not the person.  Rabrrrrrr   Jun-25-06 09:22 PM   #188 
                                            - Well since you and mindcrime have that all worked out, maybe have it added  omega minimo   Jun-25-06 10:14 PM   #189 
                                         - So, next time you want to "discuss," don't START with abusive insults  omega minimo   Jun-25-06 07:35 PM   #184 
                                            - Let It Go Omega.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-25-06 07:45 PM   #185 
  - Wow, what an argument. That's all you got? Name calling?  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 12:54 PM   #53 
  - Actually There Was No Name Calling Whatsoever.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 12:57 PM   #56 
  - Looks like Spelling was a pretty good Democrat.  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 01:03 PM   #64 
  - Wait, Are Ya Saying The Sentiment Was Ignorant, Broad Brush And Misguided?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 01:06 PM   #65 
  - I don't really care if he was a democrat.  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:12 PM   #70 
     - You know, if I earned that much money, I wouldn't give more than 90% of  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 01:17 PM   #73 
     - How do you know he earned it honestly? n/t  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:19 PM   #76 
     - How do you know he didn't? He was a TV producer, not a munitions  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 01:21 PM   #79 
        - But you were the one who made that statement, it's your job to back it up.  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:25 PM   #81 
           - Well, I work in the entertainment business, so I probably know more  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 01:26 PM   #82 
              - And how do you know that I don't?  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:30 PM   #86 
                 - How do I know you don't? Probably because the hatred and jealousy just  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 01:39 PM   #90 
                    - How do you know anything about me?  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:47 PM   #94 
                       - Sorry I don't share your hatred of the wealthy, even those who worked  NYCGirl   Jun-24-06 01:50 PM   #98 
                          - I never said I hated anybody.  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:53 PM   #100 
     - My what a coinky-dink. Warren Buffett gives away his fortune  Jara sang   Jun-25-06 03:29 PM   #174 
     - Ya Know There's A Big Difference Between Sayin He Doesn't Care For Anybody  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 01:17 PM   #75 
        - Ridiculous huh? Warren Buffett doesn't agree with you.  Jara sang   Jun-25-06 03:36 PM   #177 
  - Total donations were $121,600 since 1979 -- average $5,800/yr.  Divernan   Jun-24-06 03:10 PM   #133 
  - does that include anyone who lives in such opulence?  northzax   Jun-24-06 05:21 PM   #142 
     - What the fuck are you talking about???  Jara sang   Jun-25-06 03:31 PM   #176 
        - 'anyone who lives in that opulent of a house'  northzax   Jun-26-06 07:42 AM   #192 
  - His house is an obscenity! Can you say "global warming"?  Divernan   Jun-24-06 01:03 PM   #62 
  - well Ben Affleck I think bought a 26 million estate in Florida  hfojvt   Jun-24-06 12:49 PM   #51 
  - He was no J.J. Abrams. n/t  MJP   Jun-24-06 12:31 PM   #43 
  - Charlie's Angels might still be my High School's claim to fame  hfojvt   Jun-24-06 12:39 PM   #46 
  - Excellent quote -supports my post that escapism can be exploitative.  Divernan   Jun-24-06 12:48 PM   #50 
  - All escapism entertainment isn't equal - it is called the boob tube  Divernan   Jun-24-06 12:42 PM   #48 
  - Very well put. I K&R this post  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 01:48 PM   #95 
  - Aaron Spelling fired the air traffic controllers in 1981!  RandomKoolzip   Jun-24-06 12:46 PM   #49 
  - Best. Post. Ever.  MrsGrumpy   Jun-24-06 01:25 PM   #80 
  - Thank you, Mrs. Grumpy.  RandomKoolzip   Jun-24-06 01:29 PM   #85 
  - This thread was making my head hurt until you showed up.  primate1   Jun-24-06 03:07 PM   #132 
  - Well said!  Anarcho-Socialist   Jun-24-06 06:10 PM   #146 
  - i love you  progmom   Jun-24-06 09:41 PM   #153 
  - Stop insulting people and go away.  RandomKoolzip   Jun-25-06 01:50 AM   #161 
  - ~~  arwalden   Jun-25-06 08:18 AM   #170 
  - I wish I could recommend just one post.  xmas74   Jun-26-06 04:36 PM   #199 
  - I will tolerate a lot of things but damned if I am going to sit here  Wetzelbill   Jun-28-06 12:59 AM   #204 
  - Of all of those shows...I saw one or two episodes of Choke Boat...  LeftHander   Jun-24-06 01:01 PM   #59 
  - Next on a very special "7th Heaven"...  EOO   Jun-24-06 01:02 PM   #61 
  - Not Fantasy Island?  hfojvt   Jun-24-06 01:03 PM   #63 
  - It's television. Entertainment. Remember fun?  MrsGrumpy   Jun-24-06 01:08 PM   #66 
  - Television isn't about entertainment.  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:29 PM   #84 
     - You look at it how you wish. If it isn't the "news" (or what's supposed  MrsGrumpy   Jun-24-06 01:32 PM   #88 
        - You don't believe that TV is about selling a product?  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:35 PM   #89 
           - Is there a problem with me being entertained by "Charmed"...  MrsGrumpy   Jun-24-06 01:59 PM   #102 
           - Of course programs are the fillers for commercials  nothingshocksmeanymore   Jun-24-06 02:46 PM   #124 
           - You are the product.  CanuckAmok   Jun-25-06 02:16 AM   #163 
              - He also gave us Tori, who's great in the sack. n/t  CanuckAmok   Jun-25-06 02:18 AM   #164 
  - Also Remember, Aaron Spelling also did:  LostinVA   Jun-24-06 01:08 PM   #68 
  - I have to say I have heard of a lot of these shows but....  dicknbush   Jun-24-06 01:13 PM   #71 
  - Oh, c'mon. That's popular entertainment. Chaucer fits the same mold.  Marr   Jun-24-06 01:16 PM   #72 
  - I've heard Dickens was considered the ultimate schlock writer in his day  Charlie Brown   Jun-24-06 01:56 PM   #101 
     - Exactly- yep.  Marr   Jun-24-06 03:37 PM   #135 
  - The only shows I ever watched were Love Boat  RebelOne   Jun-24-06 01:31 PM   #87 
  - Can we please stop attacking our own? Do you know  mountainvue   Jun-24-06 01:44 PM   #91 
  - That Obviously Isn't Enough For Some People.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 01:46 PM   #92 
  - did you get that link i sent you re Cape Cod?  chimpsrsmarter   Jun-24-06 01:50 PM   #99 
     - I'm Looking At It Right Now! Thanks For The Link!  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 02:00 PM   #104 
        - anytime, have a happy vacation.  chimpsrsmarter   Jun-24-06 02:04 PM   #108 
           - It Looks Beautiful There. My Wife Loves Cape Cod But I've Never Been There  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 02:09 PM   #114 
  - So we should applaud his wealth and ability to turn viewers into zombies?  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 01:49 PM   #97 
  - I wouldn't call myself a zombie. Thank you.  MrsGrumpy   Jun-24-06 02:00 PM   #105 
  - A college degree from SMU isn't exactly "nothing".  Divernan   Jun-24-06 02:49 PM   #125 
  - I like 'Charmed'.  Fox Mulder   Jun-24-06 01:49 PM   #96 
  - No you're not. You're a zombie... Can't you see? We need to  MrsGrumpy   Jun-24-06 02:01 PM   #106 
  - That is pure BS.  Fox Mulder   Jun-24-06 02:07 PM   #110 
  - Here at our house you would be welcome.  MrsGrumpy   Jun-24-06 02:10 PM   #116 
     - LOL.  Fox Mulder   Jun-24-06 02:12 PM   #118 
  - I'm not saying that.  Jara sang   Jun-24-06 02:10 PM   #115 
     - The two things aren't mutually exclusive.  Telly Savalas   Jun-24-06 07:25 PM   #148 
        - Yes, but the "shows" are hooks for the ads.  Jara sang   Jun-25-06 06:37 PM   #182 
  - That's impossible  tammywammy   Jun-24-06 02:06 PM   #109 
     - How much can I get for it?  Fox Mulder   Jun-24-06 02:08 PM   #113 
  - And by the end of this thread I see the irony  MindPilot   Jun-24-06 02:03 PM   #107 
  - Ah MindPilot, subtlety is thy middle name  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 02:11 PM   #117 
  - I would argue the internet is equally responsible for dumbing down society  Charlie Brown   Jun-24-06 02:07 PM   #112 
  - I think I watched every one of those shows!!  Balbus   Jun-24-06 02:12 PM   #119 
  - This has to be one of the dumbest posts I have seen in awhile.  Behind the Aegis   Jun-24-06 02:32 PM   #122 
  - Although I've seen other silly stuff in GD, thank goodness this was moved  nothingshocksmeanymore   Jun-24-06 02:39 PM   #123 
  - "Villify"? Dude, that's harsh!  omega minimo   Jun-25-06 12:44 AM   #158 
     - Thanks for reaming your thoughtful post up my ass :)  nothingshocksmeanymore   Jun-25-06 01:24 AM   #160 
        - OUch!  omega minimo   Jun-25-06 01:59 AM   #162 
           - Of course there is  nothingshocksmeanymore   Jun-25-06 02:41 AM   #165 
              - Cool  omega minimo   Jun-25-06 02:58 AM   #166 
                 - Give him credit  nothingshocksmeanymore   Jun-25-06 03:10 AM   #167 
  - You have over A THOUSAND POSTS on a message board...  L A Woman   Jun-24-06 02:50 PM   #126 
  - ...  huskerlaw   Jun-24-06 02:55 PM   #129 
  - LOL!  JVS   Jun-28-06 12:00 AM   #200 
  - Most. Ridiculous. Post. Ever.  huskerlaw   Jun-24-06 02:51 PM   #128 
  - Ha. Maybe I saw your post subliminally.  Misunderestimator   Jun-24-06 03:42 PM   #139 
  - And 20 years from now, at a yet unnamed forum, yet to be created  Midlodemocrat   Jun-24-06 03:02 PM   #130 
  - First Olive Garden, and now this.  Beware the Beast Man   Jun-24-06 03:20 PM   #134 
  - This is moderately contemptible.  Donald Ian Rankin   Jun-24-06 03:38 PM   #136 
  - Thank You. That Was Very Well Put And Captured My Feelings As Well.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-24-06 04:39 PM   #140 
  - Most ridiculous thread ever. Congratulations.  Misunderestimator   Jun-24-06 03:40 PM   #137 
  - You're right. It's ridiculous. And true. And funny. And serious.  omega minimo   Jun-24-06 08:43 PM   #151 
  - Aaron Spelling is the reason I have hair on my palms!  enigmatic   Jun-24-06 03:42 PM   #138 
  - so that is why grandma  Wetzelbill   Jun-28-06 01:04 AM   #205 
  - 90210 rocked!  bigwillq   Jun-24-06 04:57 PM   #141 
  - Starsky and Hutch?  Blue_Tires   Jun-24-06 06:04 PM   #144 
  - Was Aaron Spelling really that important that he requires a 145 post  mutley_r_us   Jun-24-06 06:08 PM   #145 
  - And the answer is  billyskank   Jun-24-06 06:12 PM   #147 
     - I see.  mutley_r_us   Jun-24-06 07:38 PM   #149 
  - how is this flamefest not locked?  LSK   Jun-25-06 12:50 AM   #159 
  - Oh my  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Jun-25-06 04:17 AM   #169 
  - Oh goodie  omega minimo   Jun-25-06 10:33 AM   #171 
  - What are you if you have no TV?  billyskank   Jun-25-06 10:39 AM   #172 
     - TV-less  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Jun-25-06 10:39 PM   #190 
  - HOW could you leave off TORI ???  Skittles   Jun-25-06 05:33 PM   #179 
  - Did you know Aaron Spelling also created the Ebola virus?  Starbucks Anarchist   Jun-25-06 10:46 PM   #191 
  - While I didn't watch many of Mr. Spelling's shows, I will say this  socialdemocrat1981   Jun-26-06 08:37 AM   #193 
  - Very Well Said And Very Good Points.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-26-06 01:31 PM   #195 
  - Happy to say I've never watched any of the shows listed. n/t  Jokerman   Jun-26-06 09:05 AM   #194 
  - Mmmmm.... guilty pleasures.  LanternWaste   Jun-26-06 03:03 PM   #196 
  - although in Spelling's defense  Blue_Tires   Jun-26-06 04:04 PM   #198 
  - This is obviously a matter of such importance that you brought it...  JVS   Jun-28-06 12:03 AM   #201 
     - I just want to know what we're supposed to call spelling bees from now on.  CanuckAmok   Jun-28-06 12:42 AM   #202 
        - Competitive Orthography  JVS   Jun-28-06 12:43 AM   #203 
 

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