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Defense for what?

Have a look at the following images. Take a look at them. They are both from a city with roughly the same amount of population within a margin or error.

The first photo seen here is from Valkenswaard, NL
Image A

Bike Path

Way to Eindhoven

The city of Valkenswaard has population around 30K.

The next image is take from a suburb of Cleveland, OH.
Take a look at the image. This suburb is between or on the route between Richmond Heights and Highland Heights, lets for this comparison say that respectively
they together have about 20K population.
image B

Wilson Mills Road bike route

Route to Philips

As you observe the images consider changing economic situations or loss of capital to the region as a whole. If you, yes you the reader, were considering the creeping degradation of economic trepidation and a foreign onslaught, which would you personally want to defend? Or rather, would you believe in staying in, ‘fighting’ for so to speak?

I raise this question, rhetorical thought, in the hope of connecting the idea of space and value to our personal as well as our community.

A few questions to ask yourself?

Why is it that in the US in a majority of spaces where ‘families’ reside, there is little to no people to be seen walking about regularly, unless they ‘are doing fitness’?

What does civic space mean to you?

What type of space do you like to be apart of?

Which space would you ‘fight for’?

Lastly, does space impact cultural characteristics? Who is defining the space that we reside with in?

Do we accept the decisions that have been made for the spaces that we reside, or can we begin to question how the spaces around us have been derived and begin to ask the questions, can we do better?

And if we can, why not start today, and begin in rethinking our civic space and the spaces in which we reside?

programmed into the matrix

I think I have discovered the true tip of the spear.

Children’s programming. Recently have been introduced to what is known as ‘children’s programming’ in the US. My friend has an 11 year old and have been observing the programming that she watches and is ‘addicted’ too.

Children’s programming. This poison could be akin to that wrote about in Grim’s fairytales. The candy, metaphorical here, looks so good that the children watching it can not help but to be programmed, ‘and take a bite’, by the subtle messages of de-rating the family to the witty ironic statements that takes traditional family roles and steam rolls them into the pavement with no hope of recovery.

You wonder why the US children of today seem to be more isolated and consumer oriented. It is the message laced within the medium of the programming that is deemed for them.

For example take this interview from one of the writers of this crap.

“AMO: How much edgy humor can you get away with in a G-rated show?

SM: We have our own language. When he’s ticked off, Yang screams, ‘Oh pellets!’ We’ve created our own world that, to me, is even funnier. In one scene, Yang gets a wedgie and originally he had him saying, ‘Oww, my boy parts!’ Disney didn’t go for that so we changed it to ‘Oww, my undercarriage!’ It’s just as funny and in some ways it’s funnier. And as far as the rest of the world knows, that’s the first joke we came up with. So I don’t feel restricted. I feel like I can take whatever chances I want to take and when I’m told, ‘No, this doesn’t work in this instance,’ nobody’s mad, nobody’s annoyed, nobody wants you to stop. They want you to keep pushing the envelope as often as you can so the show’s as good as it can be.”

this is taken from the following link crap

Another instance that promotes the programming is canned laughter embedded in these programs. Has anyone actually counted how many instances of canned laughter occur in an average ‘children’s episode’ and more importantly, under what context is the laughter being trigger within the trite plot? Have a read here laugh track

Here is an excerpt from that wiki page.
“Children’s Shows: 2000s
While Disney Channel original sitcoms mostly shoot in front of studio audiences/laugh tracks[clarification needed] [29] Disney’s top competitor, Nickelodeon, mostly shoots such hits as iCarly and Victorious without audiences (due to their decision to do away with their now-defunct original studios) and use laugh tracks as a substitute.
Glenn Martin, DDS, a claymation show produced by Nickelodeon, utilized a laugh track for the first seven episodes only, then ceased its usage. Series creator Eric Fogel commented, “It took too much internal thinking”.[citation needed]”

People don’t have to look to ‘Government publicized agents of terror’ they just need to look to the programming that their children are viewing and the language and the messages embedded in these plots and there contains all that is required to bring down a culture or change an economic system.

Sit down and actually watch one of these shows and record for yourself how many times the laugh track is run. And consider the points that are influencing your children to find humor. Ask yourself does these points align with your value system that you have in your family?

You want change? Change the family room orientation and get rid of the t.v.