But now, tonight, the scariest thing about Poltergeist was how bang-on Spielberg was about the evil lure of TV.
As an idealist, I like to think that with enough information, we’d make smart decisions. But I might be wrong. Look at how much junk food we eat – we know it’s bad for us. Look at how little we exercise – we know it’s bad for us. Look at how much TV we watch – we know it’s bad for us.
In fact, we watched so much TV in the 80s that stations stopped going off the air. Do you remember that – when TV stations used to shut off their transmitters and go off the air? They would play the national anthem, and then it was white noise until five or six in the morning. But we wanted more. So they gave us more.
And we always want more, not just of TV, but of everything. We consume an average rate of 4.5 hours of TV every day. McDonald’s sells approximately 75 hamburgers every second of every day. Approximately 60% of Canadians are overweight; 74% of Americans are overweight. Why are we so needy?
Despite the amount of information we have access to, we still make bad decisions. And that is scary.