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Is This Progress? - Poem by Jim Yerman

As I watch TV every now and then I’m transported back to a time long ago
When the world was a little bit simpler, when everything moved kind of slow.

It was a time when, while watching TV, we heard the words, ‘this is only a test’.
And I wonder, since then how much TV has changed, how much has the medium progressed?

When I was young you might say television was early in it’s inception
We had one black and white TV that got 3 channels and not the best reception.

The 3 networks programmed their channels to educate, inform and delight
And they wanted us to get to bed early because all 3 stations signed off at midnight.

But before signing off they’d play the Star Spangled Banner, you know America’s song.
We would all stand with our hands on our hearts and happily sing along.

Speaking of standing that’s how we changed channels, the remote had yet to appear.
The antenna stood on top of the TV and for obvious reasons was called rabbit ears.

If the reception was poor Dad would make me reshape the ears until everything was just so
Since I couldn’t move without the picture fading that’s where I watched many shows.

But normally we all sat down as a family, (on the couch was our favorite repose)
To watch, on our only TV, whatever program Mom or Dad chose.

Back then our parents didn’t worry, yes, there were standards for what to put on TV
Which meant when you turned on the television everything you saw had a rating of G.

We’d watch Christmas specials together to our happiness and mutual applause
And once a year, for it only came on once a year, we’d all watch the Wizard of Oz.

That was TV when I was growing up, at least I seem to remember it that way
Now let’s compare it to this time and place, the television of today.

Today there are televisions in every room of the house, they sit on counters and stands and on tables
And hundreds of channels are available over satellite dishes and cable.

TV is now on around the clock, there’s no need to even talk to your spouse
You can watch it on screens the size of a stamp, or on ones as big as a house.

We can watch it on our computers, IPADs and phones- why it’s such a wonderful creation
We can watch while we’re in our car, in restaurants, or filling our tank at gas stations.

We no longer need worry about reception, all televisions are luminous and colorfast
We all have remotes so we don’t have to get up and rabbit ears are a thing of the past.

We no longer have to watch as a family, there’s no need at all for family detente
If you don’t like what’s on in the living room, go to your room and watch what you want.

There are no more standards on TV, at least none I can ascertain
There seem to be no body function or body part from which television will abstain.

Swearing, sex and violence have become so commonplace on TV that our society no longer balks
In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if children today learn to swear before they can walk.

The Wizard of Oz is now on as often as you’d like, if you happen to miss it on TV
No problem you can probably find it on Hulu or Netflix or watch a copy on your own DVD.

So, have we made progress? You be the judge, and when you decide you can tell me
Oh, yes there is one thing I forgot to mention...back then watching TV was free.

Certainly with progress comes more problems, problems we must somehow make right
But as for me, some days I long for watching TV with my family in front of that old black and white.


Comments about Is This Progress? by Jim Yerman

  • Silver Star - 3,265 Points Pradip Chattopadhyay (12/13/2013 6:12:00 AM)

    this is a great write, asks questions, provokes some soul searching and rekindles olden times's memories.
    kudos, Jim, for this lovely piece of work. (Report) Reply

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  3. 3. The Real Drug , andrew watson
  4. 4. Telemaniaco / Tele Maniac , Ramiro 2 Burgos
  5. 5. Poem Hunter Oasis , Jerry Behr Number 2
  6. 6. A Week From Today , Lore Me34
  7. 7. Three Friends , Spence Packer
  8. 8. Television , Binoy Barman
  9. 9. Sweet Silence , Cody Klinker
  10. 10. A Window , Gary Diamond
  11. 11. Reflections On The Television Set , gabriella mendoza
  12. 12. Screw This City , Richard Yorke
  13. 13. Maintaining Peace With Ease , Venkatesh M. R.
  14. 14. Route 66 , Curtisj Johnson
  15. 15. Brick Layer , Mathieu Hotte
  16. 16. The Hillwalker , bryan wallace
  17. 17. Home Alone , Kela LewisMorin
  18. 18. Live 8 , AaI Harvey
  19. 19. Indian Ghost Song , Joseph DeMarco
  20. 20. The Tail End , Charles Lara
  21. 21. I Will Run For Reality Without Rushing I.. , hirase attusi
  22. 22. Ramblings , Amber Francesca
  23. 23. Vicarious Experience , Cheryl L. DaytecYañgot
  24. 24. Memory Bag , Sneha Murali
  25. 25. Tv , Brian McBrand
  26. 26. Sonnet 4 , Anthony Parker
  27. 27. The First Five Days Of February , Jesse Statman
  28. 28. Commercial Lie , Theorem The Truth Serum
  29. 29. Sometimes I Can Hear The Confusion And S.. , Ayn Timmerman
  30. 30. Big Books , Tom Thompson
  31. 31. Hips Got Soul , Ranis Thomas III
  32. 32. Boredom , Bernadeth Tolentino
  33. 33. Ensoñacion / Inside Dreams , Ramiro Hernán Burgos
  34. 34. Ensoñacion / Inside Dreams , Ramiro 2 Burgos
  35. 35. What If , Elude Most
  36. 36. Through The Mud , dale garris
  37. 37. The Homeless , Mark Reed
  38. 38. The Things We Love , Zach McAuliffe
  39. 39. In Black & White & Color. , michael walker
  40. 40. Human Treasures , Curtisj Johnson
  41. 41. Complementary , Ricardo Antunes
  42. 42. Biography For The Ages , Frank Avon
  43. 43. Bears And More Bears Or A Day Of Bears , Glen Eker
  44. 44. The Blue Eyed Deception , Saalim Ali
  45. 45. Healing , Whitney Jones Olson
  46. 46. Television Footage , Theorem The Truth Serum
  47. 47. Cencsorship , Jerry Behr Number 2
  48. 48. Challenger , JUSTIN W Price
  49. 49. A Day To Remember , Erin McGrew
  50. 50. It Must Be True (I Saw It On Television) , Josephine Dunn
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