As a kid I discovered the power of radio through the broadcast of what I think was called “Masterpiece Theatre”. The actors and sound effects helped my mind create pictures and scenes and expanded my imagination.
What was a teenager doing listening to AM radio at night? We didn’t have great television reception through an over-the-air antenna. Cable and Satellite was not available either. The fact that my mind had an opportunity to think about other things beyond the television world did not make me “brilliant”, but I think it protected me to some degree from the clutter we face today.
The images we are bombarded with day in and day out can have a numbing effect on our lives and our conscience. What’s playing in the Theatre of your Mind? The Balloon Boy fiasco? The latest episode of your favorite TV show? A YouTube video? Something else?
Are you even aware of the effect on your life or your way of thinking? The New Testament tells us that “bad company corrupts good character”. Computer experts coined the phrase “garbage in-garbage out”.
Maybe it’s time to rethink my choices.
I well remember growing up listening to the old radio programs and was somewhere around twelve when invited by my uncle to come watch The Lone Ranger on his 12″ black and white set…..