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Holli Deal Bragg - Life inside your TV is unreal

Holli Deal Bragg - Life inside your TV is unreal

Holli Deal Bragg - Life inside your TV is unreal

Holli Deal Bragg

  Do we really need to know every move Tiger Woods makes? Do we really care, and those of us who do - do we need to get a life?
      What has become of our world that our lives are filled with TV reality shows that focus on drama and intrigue - fabricated reality that is nowhere near true reality?
      Why have we become a nation glued to celebrity? Is Lindsay Lohan's admitted attraction to a female friend really our business? And why do we care?
      I'm sorry, but I have way too much going on in my life to keep up with the Kardashians. Watching a show about celebrities's "cribs" may be mildly interesting, but my time is better spent worrying about my own home. Laundry doesn't do itself.
      What happened to real news on TV? When Michael Jackson died, that's all you heard on the "news" shows. Same old story, same old words, same old photo shots, over and over.
      Not that it wasn't big news, but did we truly have to view the same news clips ad nauseum on multiple channels?   Did the media really have to milk the situation for every drop? And did we truly have to sit with our eyes glued to the screen?
      Television and entertainment have taken over the American life. We pay way too much attention to what's on the tube, or who's cheating who, or what somebody wore to an awards program, than we do our own lives.
      When is the last time you sat on the porch with your family, enjoying a glass of iced tea, watching the stars?
      What was the last conversation you had with your loved one? Did it involve the words "text," "cell phone," or "e-mail?" Was that conversation about an actor/politician/musician, or was it about your son's book report or your daughter's math grades?
      We are losing life. It is slipping away from us while we ogle pretty bodies and flashy clothes, immersed in celebrity fantasy. We ignore our own lives while we live vicariously through Paula Deen or Bobby Flay, eating microwaved entrees in the living room.
      Life is more than TV! Celebrities are just people - they put their pants on one leg at a time, just like we do. Maybe they are more attractive, when covered in professional makeup and draped in designer fashions, but that's not reality!
      Stop staring at the boob tube (pun intended) and look at your wife! See her laugh lines and her freckles and notice how beautiful she looks even though she is tired after a long day at work, followed by cooking supper and getting the kids to bed.
      Women, give up the sighs over Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell. You've got a man at home with those sexy little crinkles at the edge of his eyes and five-o'clock shadow, sitting in his stinky socks while he reads the mail. That's life. That's reality. That's love and family, with the dog getting into the trash and the kids fighting over the last Twinkie in the box.
      Do you really want to lose what is important while mesmerized by fake reality?
      Is High School Reunion more important that giving your old high school best friend a call when her father died?
      We have elder relatives with interesting stories to tell, but our kids would rather play video games than listen to evening tales by grandma and grandpa. We have skills such as quilting and woodworking that will one day be lost arts, because texting is so much more fun.
      We have neighbors we don't know because neighborhood picnics have gone by the wayside.
      And sadly, some of us have children with friends we don't know. We have spouses with problems at work we don't know about, coworkers with hobbies and gifts and talents we never care to learn about, and lives of our own that we neglect all in the name of watching other, nonrealistic versions of fake reality that we think we prefer to our own existence.
      Do we really want to lose the walks around the block, the family time, the noticing of true reality?
      Do we want our kids to think the Kardashians are how real people live? Or do we want them to value things like family history, relationships, story time just before bed?
      Reality is the macaroni necklace crafted by small hands at scout camp. Reality is the heartfelt hug from your spouse upon arrival home from work. Reality isn't always artificially pretty, like the smooth unblemished faces of celebrities, but it's real, and it's yours if you want it.

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