The Blue Hearth

The Blue Hearth

Years ago I remarked to my husband as we were driving one night that each television set in each home looked like a blue hearth. The blue glow from each window beckons, like a newfangled fireplace, for the family to sit and be entertained. Even 25 years ago it made me sad to think that so many people had a deep and abiding relationship with their television set. There were glowing blue windows all down the street and today we have even more gadgets to distract us. The problem as I see it is that communication technologies replace real relationship and real conversation.  We watch our favorite News channel or our favorite TV show and we know more about those people on the screen than we do about the people in our own homes. We parrot their lines and adopt their opinions because they are on TV!!!  The media industry makes the product feel like dialogue, but to me it seems more like a monologue that’s lasted over 50 years.  They talk to us but we can't answer.  They make us feel like we are part of the conversation or the story, but we are only listening.  They shape our views.  They started by having us watch ourselves, then gradually moved us away from ourselves toward something we never could have believed we could become.

I did this little collage as a tribute to that memory, the Blue Hearth...the heart of the home.  I used newspaper for the houses and there are no doors, because no one is allowed to come in except the TV personalities.

Reposted from 03/05/2015 21:08