If you are interested in my work outside of my blog, I will be returning to the Dr. Carol show on her Texas affiliate today at 4:30PM (EST). You can tune into http://www.drcarolshow.com to listen. For those who miss it- tough luck. Just kidding, I will hopefully be able to link it to my blog. The Texas affiliate is larger than her Nashville station in terms of reach so I must have done something right the first time.
Note 2: I will also be interviewed on internet radio Wednesday at 7:00pm (EST) by The Writing Mama- VS Grenier. Here is the link. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2011/07/28/the-writing-mama-show I am greatly looking forward to both interviews. Now, on with the post!
I was in the shower over the weekend when something occurred to me that made me shake my head in disbelief. My seven year old child still watches PBS. (I know it’s an uncomfortable visual- but I think a lot in the shower) Please don’t get me wrong. I like PBS and the quality of programming. I even refer to them in the educational chapter of Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures. Regardless, it’s time to move on- right?
Move on to what though? When I was a kid, there was a point I stopped watching Sesame Street. When that happened, I occasionally watched some really great shows. The Cosby show was outstanding for years, Different Strokes was a classic, and The Facts of Life even had its’ moments. We could debate some controversial spots but overall, these were good family shows. For parents a bit older, The Andy Griffith Show and The Waltons were terrific as well. So, here’s where I would like some help. Can someone please tell me why family programming was destroyed and when can we expect a family sitcom (everyone can watch) to return?
It’s not that my child watches a lot of TV or I need the TV to be a glorified babysitter. It’s that I’d like the chance to sit with my children watching a good sitcom like my mother did with me. When I was a child, my household had only 4 channels to choose from. Now, I have Directv and I still can’t find any family programming. I’d be willing to bet that I am not alone in the dilemma. I’d also bet there are thousands of families who would love to see a quality family show they could tune into weekly.
Now that the problem has been laid out, here’s where I could use some help. I’m looking for some people (who think like I do) to pass this note of concern along. My goal is for it to reach the hands of a network executive. Please don’t laugh too much because I can tell you my blog has been viewed in all 50 states. Furthermore, I have a lot of moms who read this blog weekly. Do I need to say more?
Also, has anyone ever heard of the 6 degrees of separation? It’s the premise that everyone on earth can be connected to each other in six steps or less. Without going further, let me show you what I copied from Wikipedia on this matter.
Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. Though this is a commonly known concept, it is actually false. Because of the large amounts of social networking used nowadays, only three steps are needed, reducing the idea effectively to three degrees of separation.
How about that? Three degrees or less is my separation on getting the answer straight “from the horse’s mouth.” I sincerely hope, if you feel like I do, we can get an answer to this. I have approximately 100 people who receive my blog via email, 350+ Facebook connections, and nearly 900 Twitter followers. I’ll bet with a little help from social media, I will one day be able to print an answer for you guys. Until then, it’s up to you as far as whether you’d like to help me (by passing this blog along) and to what degree. Regardless of your decision, thanks for reading this and I will check in again Friday with another blog post. All my best to you and your families!