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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Plenty of Negativity for Everyone




Plenty of Negativity for Everyone





Remember Lassie? Of course you do. Lassie was an American television series that followed the adventures of a female collie and her human companions through daily adventures in a small farming community. The original series starred Jan Clayton, Tommy Rettig, and George Cleveland.

Lassie plots were typically simple. A boy got into some sort of trouble, and Lassie dashed off to get help. Sometimes, the loyal pooch rushed in to save her master's life. After being reunited with family and breathing a sigh of relief, the boy received a light lecture on why he should not have done whatever foolish thing he had done to get himself in trouble in the first place.

Sound innocent enough? Well, Lassie themes explored the relationship between boys and their dogs. Since the show helped to shape the public's understanding of mid-twentieth century American boyhood, controversy followed. Lassie was associated with the wholesome family values of its period, but some parents' groups monitoring television content found cliffhanger plots showing children in danger too intense for young viewers and objected to some of the boy's actions, which were believed to encourage children to disobey parents.

Even more controversy brewed when it was discovered that some scripts were produced by writers blacklisted during the heyday of McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

It proves one thing to me about human behavior in the modern world. If you speak your name out loud, someone will disagree.

15 comments:

  1. Yes, if you speak your name out loud, someone will disagree! If you try to pursue your dreams (of writing, creating, painting, whatever) someone will disagree.

    Lassie even had controversy. Hilarious. Wonder what that crowd would say about current TV shows where every adult is disrespected. LOL

    Thanks for the reminder about controversy. Someone has to create it! =)

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  2. Ain' that the ever loving truth..btw have u read Garth Stein's book "The Art of Racing in the Rain".http://www.garthstein.com/arr/
    I loved every Lassie episode..

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  3. A-M and KBF: Absolutely! It makes you feel confident. If nobody disagrees, something is wrong.

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  4. Reminds me of my daughter, the master disagree-er. I might say "This is A." She'll argue "No, it's B." I'll say "You are right. This is B." She'll reply "No, it's not."

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  5. Haha! You're joking! But Lassie seems so down-to-earth and wholesome. I can't imagine someone objecting to it for any reasons other than perhaps boredom (considering as how wired TV audiences are nowadays for instant gratification).

    The other point you make is right though. You can't really make important changes in the world without ruffling a few feathers. If what you're doing isn't getting some flack from at least one quarter than as you said "something is wrong".

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  6. I know!! I've found that it's really a way to tell you who are your genuine friends and who arent. For example, as soon as I got my first book deal my family and friends who truly love me and know how to show it were thrilled. The pretenders found everything negative about it they could and when I got my blog set up they either disagree with my creations in some way or try to ignore my success completely (and I am NOT a person who brags and talks about myself all the time, they are just negative people I've decided). So I do my best not to talk to those people anymore :) Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  7. Lassie- for goodness sake! What's next?

    Makes me feel better that managing to tick off somebody at least some of the time seems to be a talent of mine.

    BTW, I am often shocked at how many times somebody in bloggerville is on the same wavelength. I actually have a blog about 'Racing In The Rain' brewing in my head right now.

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  8. Friends: I love all your comments. It is amazing how much Positivity is out there, but it takes something like blogging to bring it together. I thank you all!

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  9. One of the things that Peter Drucker says about non-profits (he is becoming my non-profit idol) is this: whenever you bring an idea to the table and have 100% agreement on the first go-round, you need to stop and say that it isn't passing. Clearly no one has thought it through or researched it. If they had, there would be some disagreement. So, no one is doing their jobs! Take another look at whatever item is up for discussion and research it, folks, because no one agrees on everything! Clearly, we are all missing something that will bite us in the butt later!!! Geez, I love this guy.

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  10. Robin: Drucker is excellent - on profit corporations also. I also love your new icon!

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  11. Amen to your last statement, brother!
    I have a Lassie connection. My mother worked with the kid who played Timmy's mother at an aerospace manufacturing plant. Never met the kid, but I did get an autographed picture of Timmy and Lassie out of the deal.

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  12. "But greatly to find quarrel in a straw." Some people live by this golden rule, and sniff out controversy and unpleasantness wherever they can find it. Not maliciousness I think, just a bad habit.

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  13. A client of mine's neighbour grew up learning all genres of dance from a very young age. She must have had a great passion for the art as when she finished school, she and 3 of her dance friends auditioned for dance spots in Paris, France in Mouline Rouge to dance burlesque. Her father said she was wasting her life. My client said he was not supportive at all of her decision to dance in France at all but thankfully she followed her dream. Yet some years down the track she was doing exceedingly well,earning extremely good money and as most of us know money speaks and now he thinks it's wonderful & brags about her every chance he gets. She has also written a book about her life in France called "Memoirs of a Showgirl".
    I teach my children that we all hold our own special interests & gifts and we get one crack at this thing called life...and if they wish to go for something then they should! Bugger the knockers and soothsayers!

    Controversy will exist for evermore in every area of life that's why I very rarely read modern day magazines. There's always some ninny trying to break or bring down someone else. Excuse me for the following expletives JJ but it simply pisses me off. I won't be spending my money of reading such tripe!

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  14. When I read that you had recently posted an article on LASSIE, I just had to come on over and see for myself! Well, you are do right. No matter what is said, someone will always (ALWAYS!) find fault. I was thinking about this last evening when I heard on the news about a woman who has filed a law suit against McDonald's for their use of toys in their happy meals. Everyone has their own opinion but my opinion of this is that it's just plain ridiculous! As to LASSIE and TIMMY'S relationship...what could be more wonderful!
    Have a great holiday!
    Coralie

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  15. Some people will find fault with anything. Speaking of Lassie, did you know she was always played by a male dog?

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