Bowl game part of ‘overload’ problem
January 8, 2011
I'm not a likely candidate to complain about too much football on TV, or too much sports in general. In fact, confronted with the frequent wasteland that occupies the "Glass Teat", in Harlan Ellison's terms, sports is often the best available option.
However, it seemed a bit ludicrous, (though I watched it anyway), to be tuning in to the Godaddy.com Bowl. I guess the proof is in the pocket; any organization that can fund a bowl and invite two fairly decent football teams to play in it, can have a bowl game on national TV.
Yes, they were fairly decent football teams. They were not, as bowl games were formerly reserved for, the cream of the college crop; they were fairly decent teams. I am not even sure what anyone at Godaddy.com knows about college football.
It's all part of a widespread tendency in so many areas of life nowadays-at least it seems so to me- a tendency to overdo something to the point where it no longer holds any uniqueness or any value.
The decorating of Christmas areas before the Halloween decorations have even been put away.
The extension of baseball playoffs until after the leaves have turned.
The numerous, in fact uncountable, honors that seem to be invented to heap on people who, it must be admitted, are doing their job, but are only doing their job.
To me, it stands as symbolic of our runaway times, and for the record, I do not know any way of stopping it.
We overload on news shows and repetitive broadcasts, to the point where we have, not merely all major viewpoints, which is good, but every possible shade, which may or may not be so good.
What I suppose all of this makes me wonder, is where is the balance? Are we as a society so overstimulated, oversatiated, and over indulged by the plethora of choices, that we have no room for a self within?
As we enter a new year, a new beginning, it would be a true resolution to affirm that we will take the time, take the space, and take the opportunity to listen and seek the voice that can only speak within, if we give it some space and some silence. To affirm that we will block out some of the overload.