When I was a kid we would listen to Art Linkletter on the radio. The show was on a Friday evening around 6.00pm and Art was always getting the kids to say “The Darndest Things”. I used to love that show. The children were hilarious and Art had such a nice way about him. No-one ever cursed. For some reason Art used to make me feel safe.
Now when the Nans watch TV, the shows are all canned laughter, shrieking, one-upmanship and besting adults. Annoys the hell out of me. There seems to be no art or culture involved. That’s the live action shows. Occasionally the animated series make me laugh, that’s when I can actually understand them. And movies throw up the odd gem – I love “Despicable Me Two”. Sweet, funny, family values … all the good old-fashioned stuff Art used to talk about. No-one does radio anymore.
I don’t understand this dumbing down, especially when there are fearless, sharp-witted kids aplenty out there. Like the bunch below: fiercely honest, brutally direct and funny as hell.
I like to think Art would have been proud.