Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Watched "Good Night and Good Luck" again, David Straithairn's virtuoso turn as Murrow and thought about how the evening news and the minds who brought us "Your Show of Shows" are gone with the corporate (stinky cheese) wind.


In the beginning was creativity
Watch This - brought to you by
Buy This

This pattern morphed over time in sinister ways
Buy This bought out the creators of
Watch This, thereby dictated the watching
Watch This was shuffled about according to Buy This trending

Our only anchor was the anchorman
the Network Evening News
Buy This pulled up that anchor and we were adrift

Then Buy This created
Watch This Happening Now, which became
Watch Only These Bits, then
Watch Only These Bits And Think This About Them
And Anyone Who Disagrees With Us Is A Socialist

Now we’re narcotically glued to the tube
Dancing With America’s Next Apprentice Survivor Idol
Plasma spasma extravaganza
Minds restless, but legs so lazy they got their own syndrome
and consequently their own drug
well-advertised, saturating the market like Crisco
and every bit as healthy

(c) 2010 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

1 comment:

  1. This was great -- Reminds me of Jello Biafra's "Eric Meets the Moose Diarrhea Salesman."

    I wanted to be a TV writer - and that's how I got my name. It's an old poem but I'll post it on my site called "How I Became Moskowitz"

    - write on! Mosk