Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Chapter Five: What Are You Watching Tonight?

"David Cambera's book is something that should reach to everyone in this room," Todd said. "His work discusses television, and whether or not we should consider it art the way we do films and music. He will read from the first chapter of his book."

"Thanks Todd. Ladies and Gentlemen, What are you watching tonight?"


First, there is a story of a family being reunited. They've come to this sunny, green pasture after so long apart. All over the country, they live their normal lives, but have returned to where they all grew up, or their parents grew up, to renew and reconnect with the part of their lives from which the rest of it spawned.

They are there to mourn the death of a relative who passed away too soon, and too suddenly for anyone, anyone to say goodbye. Now they are doing it together. It's funny how a funeral can bring people together more effectively than any type of celebration can.

Next, a woman manipulates a number of men to get what she wants. Using sex, love, and anything at her disposal to fulfill her material desires. It's a story of betrayal and heartbreak.

The men are left wondering what happens as the woman disappears from their lives as quickly as she had entered them.

Following the tragedy is a comedy. A bunch of party boys have a great time drinking Bud Light, or Coors Light, or Miller Light (light beer used to be a chick beer but now it's the cool one to drink for the health-conscious male).

Jokes are made, pranks are pulled, and crazy amazing things happen - like very attractive ladies in bikinis in a hot-tub on a snow covered mountain.

It's of course unrealistic, but what on TV is? And moreover, who cares?

Finally, a family sits down to dinner after a long day, talks about what they did and has a delicious, affordable meal. The house is perfect, the furniture and things are expensive, and the people on the screen are almost frighteningly happy.

...That's when the commercial break ends and the network switches back to its sitcom.


"I'll stop there. I hope you enjoyed it and will buy my book if it gets published. It's something I think everyone should really think about in this society," Cambera says.

Todd thanks his latest guest, and announces that next week's reader will be another poet, Ivan Stankowski, who will be reading from his latest compilation of poems.

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