Does anybody really listen to that shitty music they play on the radio? FM radio music? What’s it called? Adult contemporary? Classic rock? Urban rhythm and blues? You know what the official business name for that shit is? “Corporate standardized programming.” Just what an art form needs: corporate standardized programming. Derived from “scientific” surveys conducted by soulless businessmen.
Here’s how bad it is: One nationwide chain that owns over a thousand stations conducts weekly telephone polls, asking listeners their opinions on twenty-five to thirty song “hooks” they play over the phone; hooks that the radio people have already selected. (Hooks are the short, repeated parts of pop songs that people remember easily.) Depending on these polls, the radio chain decides which songs to place on their stations’ playlists.
Weeks later, they record the hooks of all the songs they’re currently playing on their stations across the country, label them by title and artist, and sell that information to record companies to help create more of the same bad music. They also sell the information to competing radio stations that want to play what the big chain is playing. All of this is done to prevent the possibility of original thinking somehow creeping into the system.
Lemme tell you something: In the first place, listen to music that someone else has picked out is not my idea of a good time. Second, and more important, the fact that a lot of people in America actually like the music means it sucks. Especially since the people who like it have been told in advance by businessmen what it is they’re supposed to like. Please. Save me from people who’ve been told what to like and then like it.
In my opinion, if you’re over six years of age, and you’re still getting your music from the radio, something is desperately wrong with you. I can only hope that somehow MP3 players and file sharing will destroy FM radio the way they’re destroying record companies. Then, even though the air will probably never be safe to breathe again, maybe it’ll be safer to listen to.
”—George Carling, “Turn down the radio!”, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?
Jokes made about abortion. I certainly don’t appreciate them as well. I have five brothers. You have no idea how much I’ve wanted a sister. My entire life, I’ve just wanted a sister more than anything in this world. In fact, when I found out my brother’s fiance is pregnant with a girl, I cried. I was and am SO happy. She may not technically be my sister. But damn right I’m going to treat her like my sister.
Anyway, I guess that was a bad way to start this off. My mother was pregnant with a girl. She had an abortion. It broke my heart, I’ll never be able to fully forgive her for it. When people joke about shit like that, I find it disgusting.
‘Oh, hahaha, I have a hanger, I’m going to kill your child, watch out.’ …This is funny because..?
I wish some people would watch what they say. That will never happen, though. Some people are simply close minded.
I’m not even fully against abortion. Who am I to tell you what to do with your child? I have no right. I don’t judge people who get abortions. They have their reasons behind it and it is none of my business. I have friends that have had abortions, it doesn’t change who they are in my eyes.
I just think that making jokes about situations such as these aren’t funny in any way.
I’m ready for whatever abortion jokes you have to reblog this with. Get a life and a heart, please.
Shame on your mother being selfish and aborting your sister. *rollseyes*
Omlettes, anyone? (hey, you said you were ready, so I didn’t wanna leave you hanging)
And I HAVE a life, and guess what, your mother does, too, despite your apparent double-standard against her.
"Who am I to tell you what to do with your child? I have no right. I don’t judge people who get abortions."
"My mother was pregnant with a girl. She had an abortion. It broke my heart, I’ll never be able to fully forgive her for it."
I’m not going to make light of this: you have a conflict of opinions to reconcile within yourself. Maybe your previous stance on abortion is only what you felt was ‘trendy’ when it didn’t strike so close to home. Maybe this event will change your opinion. Maybe you’ll become fully estranged to your mother, or maybe this will eventually work out to strengthen your relationship.
I can’t say, because I’m not you; no one is, not even your mother. This is something that’s been put on YOUR plate, and you’ve got to deal with it. Whatever comes to pass, whatever conclusion this arrives at, I hope you’re at peace with it.
I just ask that, just as I took effort to put myself in the perspective of someone I didn’t immediately take a liking to (attack on someone close to the speaker in a manner hypocritical to the speaker’s stated views), that you try to see things from your mother’s position; try to understand why she took this path.
Good luck; this sort of thing isn’t easy, and unfortunately, it doesn’t get any easier when you get older…