Before TV Remote

Remember when -before TV remote;
Even before Gilligan lost his boat?
Long before there was a TV console
Screen size of a mixing bowl
World appeared as Pleasantville;
Month end –no cable bill
Channels decided by ‘rabbit ears’,
TV antennas contested for years;
With telephone poles on the horizon,
Homes sported them as mizens –
To catch the winds of media;
Entertainment’s encyclopedia.
Lone Ranger rode the silver screen,
We watched the Beaver in between.
Baby Boomer’s “Paradise”
Has now been put on ‘Ice’.

From vacuum tubes and transistors,
Solid Sate and micro chips,
Cost so low – Birthday TVs to your sisters.
Widescreen and French dip;
Watch Super bowl – like you’re there,
HD and flat screen – what a pair!
Technology has given us 3-D,
But sad to say and see;
Quality of today’s prime time
I would hardly give you a dime.
Cable and Dish
Give you what you wish,
That is, if you want to know –
How to shoot with a bow.
On ESPN’s hunting show.

Reality Shows –what a oxymoron,
You got it – for a moron
But this ol’ ox wouldn’t care
For all the media’s fanfare!
Game shows galore,
But could we stand for more?
Censorship’s nigh gone,
O wish for the Twilight Zone!
Back then a sailor would cuss –
“Gosh darn – cut the fuss ! “
Andy and Barney governed the town
Eva Gabor in long night gowns
Miss America wore swimsuits –
Something that didn’t cover her tail,
O how the censors could rail !

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A muse upon the “inverse property of technologies rise and the descending curve of today’s media selection.


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  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 6 years ago

    i love this, I wish I could get channels on how to shot a bow, seeing tht I am an archer, and my you have been very busy, love your works

  • EAWilliams
    EAWilliamsover 6 years ago

    Great job Tommyjo!

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