Jack Johnson poses some great pop culture questions in his song, "Good People". The song overall is about what we are seeing on TV these days and how it is affecting us as a people.
How many train wrecks do we need to see?
Before we lose touch of
We thought this was low
its bad getting worse so...
In his first stanza he points out that we are already seeing "train wrecks" all the time. You could take train wrecks in the stance of accidents and such, but I see it as more of the TMZ type shows where we are just seeing celebrities OD-ing and acting like fools. Also, many shows like Teen Mom and Honey Boo-Boo are just exemplifying the absurdly terrible lifestyles and behavior that we are promoting and making famous today.
Turn on the boob tube
I'm in the mood to obey
so lead me astray by the way
He is stating in his second stanza that basically watching these shows and just obeying and letting these people act the way they do being an enabler, if we don't watch the crap, they will stop showing it to all the people. He also states in the chorus of the song, "Where'd all the good people go, I don't see them on the TV shows..." He is just blatantly stating it here, that most TV is garbage now with many inflated egos and people made to celebrities just by being idiots and low-life's.
Bad news, misused, give me some truth
you got too much to lose
whose side are we on today, anyway?
OK, whatever you say.
Wrong and resolute but in the mood to obey
Station to station desensitizing the nation
Going, going, gone.
In his final stanza, he states that he wants some truth, directing towards news companies and blatant disregard for factual reporting. Also, that if they really told the truth it would be going against their monetary backers and they have too much to lose to tell the truth. Also, "station by station desensitizing the nation..." makes a point to say that by showing people these degrading and ridiculous people, it's just desensitizing us to allow more idiocy in our lives.
1) What do you think about current programming today? Has pop culture gone too far to make some people famous? Are we letting them by tuning in?
2) Why are shows like this now, unlike shows from "Back in the day"? What is the difference between previous programming, and today's programming?