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Television, The Drug Of The Nation

Beatnigs
Language: English




One nation, under God
has turned into one nation
under the influence of one drug.

TELEVISION
And one man
who is the master
of this medium,
our president,
Ronald Reagan

TELEVISION,
the drug of the nation,
breeding ignorance,
feeding radiation

TV! Is the reason
why less than
ten percent of our nation
reads books daily
Why most people think
Central America
means Kansas,
communism means unamerican,
and apartheid is
a new headache remedy.
Where the Cosby show is watched
by rich whites,
and Dynasty is watched by everybody

TV! Is the stomping ground for political candidates,
Where bears in
the woods are chased
by Grecian formula'd
bald eagles.
Where all you need
to do to get elected
is make money movies
(just ask Clint and Ronnie)
and where straight teeth
in your mouth
are more important
than the words
that come out of it.

TV! Is the place where
self-cancelling phrases
like Pop-Art
Fresh-Frozen
and Military-intelligence
have become standard.

TV! Is the place where
words are redefined
like "Contra"
to "Freedom Fighter",
and Sandinista
to Repressive Regime.

TV! Is where the pursuit
of happiness
has become
the pursuit of trivia
where toothpaste and cars
have become sex objects
and where Sesame Street
is more real
than Hill Street!


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