“Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.” – Winston Churchill
As always, the Friday Edition combines a quote with a favorite photo. I tailor these to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme, which this week is “Wrong”.
I set out to see the new Meryl Streep movie today. Due to a comedy of errors, I ended up there about 15 minutes late–and right after two busloads of kids had gone into the theater to see the newest “Wimpy Kid” movie.
Needless to say, I didn’t go to my movie.
Instead, I spent the afternoon at a couple of local antique shops in Arundel, Maine. And while I was there, I received the weekly photo challenge, “wrong”. I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out what I could do for “wrong”.
Then I ran across a box full of old TV Guides from the 1950s and 1960s. And I remembered anew that to venture into an antiques shop is to venture into history. And sometimes, the views of the past can be somewhat startling.
There were articles about how TV is beneficial for the “mentally ill”, as well as how it can “help” children. There were articles about excessive TV viewing (“upwards of 3 hours per day!”) and the irritations of commercials. There was even an article debunking the concerns of radiation over those newfangled “color televisions”.
I even took a few minutes to glance through an interesting article about how single girls in America were frustrated with the lack of TV shows that focused on the lives of single girls. Back then, Mary Tyler Moore was about the only thing going on. It made me laugh when I thought about how they would react if they could leap ahead to the future and see “Sex and the City”!
Perhaps not all of these little blasts from the past were “wrong”, exactly…but they certainly were an interesting view of life in America in the 1950s, as seen from the perspective of television.