Today's generations apparently didn't get enough "Schoolhouse Rock" when they were kids. Many of the older generations remember such items as Conjunction Junction, Interjections, Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here or even Verb. Here's a few of the lesser-known, less-popular ones (according to my own internal rule of thumb) to help jump-start people's senses and sensibilities again.
Television hasn't always been stuffed full of mindless babble and propaganda pundits competing against the latest reality series for commercial advertising dollars. In fact, sometimes -- whether it's regular television across the airwaves1 or via cable -- educational and informative episodes still air.
The best combination, in my opinion, is when a show is geared toward children and provides both education and entertainment...something which may not be as effective nowadays as it used to be. I say this solely due to one particularly fond memory of my younger years -- the Schoolhouse Rock episodes that helped shape a lot of younger minds.
Schoolhouse Rock! is a series of animated musical educational short films that aired during Saturday morning children's programming on U.S. television network ABC. Topics covered include grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and politics. The series aired between 1973 and 1986, and infrequently during the 1990s and 2000s, with new shows created between 1993 and 1996 until its cancellation by ABC in 2001.
Lately, I wonder if more adults shouldn't sit down and watch a few episodes...alright, all the episodes...due to the lower quality of communication skills I've noticed throughout corporate and political America.
To get the ball rolling in hopes of starting a trend toward re-educating some of our adult "leadership" and to provide more educational entertainment for the children, I'll leave you with this little bit about pronouns:
Governments in the modern world are far from perfect -- sometimes, they must engage in activities that aren't exactly wholesome. But when these activities are controlled and underscored by justifications that come across as complete hypocrisy juxtaposed against the realities of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, things get really messy.
With the recent misadventures of the US in the Middle East, and this recent story by Seymour Hersh (hat-tip FWIW), our nation is now showing itself to be one of the biggest hypocrits on the planet -- all courtesy of the Bush Republicans and their enablers. And, unfortunately, those other members of Congress who have failed to stand against them and decry their actions (and inactions).
Oddly enough, this does seem to be a rather stark departure from the nation born under these sentiments:
We're a nation formed under the concept of preserving rights and liberties, and to this end our founding fathers had defined a system of checks and balances to keep our three primary branches of government in a rough balance. Under the George W. Bush Administration, this system of checks and balances has begun to take on too many qualities of a three-ring circus...like this one, in fact:
Pay particular attention to when the judiciary is introduced, and "wrongs" are balanced against our "rights" -- interesting imagery.
I almost started to wonder and ask when they would send in the clowns, but then I realized I shouldn't bother: they're already here.