Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Taken for "Grant"ed

Some time ago, I pretty much stopped watching TV and in particular, network TV news. I didn't do it on purpose, nor am I a fanatic about not watching--it just kind of happened. Every once in awhile, though, I am reminded why I've not missed it.

I've read that about 2 percent of the earth's surface is covered with cities. Close to 75 percent of the land surface is non-urban. Even assuming that these figures are close to the mark, there's a big world out there that doesn't have anything to do with what's going on in the city. Wildflowers are blooming. Spring migration is upon us. I have trouble limiting my interests to that tiny plot of pavement and highrises others seem so focused on.

So thanks, KATU, for confirming my drift away from the mainstream by firing Grant McOmie. Because no one in Oregon is interested in the outdoors. No one is interested in getting out of the city or suburbs, where all the crime and consumer woes happen. Wow, I didn't know I was quite that out of touch with my fellow Oregonians. But I guess that just leaves more of the outdoors for me.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Grant's departure from KATU was the proverbial last straw for me. I have not watched much television for years now (except for OPB, of course) but I would always stop what I was doing and watch one of Grant's segments if it was playing on a television set I happened to be near. With him no longer working for KATU, I now am relieved from ever having to watch network television again.