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  • I was that child left planted in a laundry basket, in front of the television set. Ludicrous as it may seem, I know viewers who greet the news anchor with a cheery, “Hello!” Television can be thought of as an extension of the family unit. The dilemma begins when we ignore our children, father or mother, because that celebrity, actor or presenter, appear infinitely more appealing than the kinship shared at home. The influence of TV can make the viewer scorn their own origins.

    I am equally as guilty of the starry eyed swoon regarding TV personalities. It will never become tangible or life affirming in the slightest. It becomes a foolhardy distraction and barrier. For instance, I often bathe in the cathode ray light of BBC News 24, sponging off the news loop until overfloweth, until the headlines seem superfluous and our world of woe fades in the information smog.

    Finally, I can only remain focused on the anchorman’s Windsor knot (Is he wearing a Duchamp neck tie?) or the weather girl’s gamine hairstyle (She looks so Parisian). I no longer concentrate on the merry-go-round of the newsfeed, because I feel a strong gravitational pull towards the personalities. Consequently, I should only read a newspaper or tune-in the radio. However, BBC News 24 is my wife and my life and I’ll be damned if I’ll change.
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