I am not a fan of Jamie Oliver, the English “celebrity chef”, but he does stir things up in the field of media attention to food and eating habits. He tried to improve school lunches in Britain and was ruthlessly attacked. It seems that mothers would rather bow to children’s desire to eat unhealthy food.
I bring up his name, because I noticed a headline in which he stirs another kettle and emotions, cooking up only controversy. Anecdotal evidence suggests that his latest salvo hits a target. Photos or video footage of poor people’s homes always reveal the presence of modern electronic amidst the squalor. During riots, looters always seem to hit the electronics shops, not the grocery stores.
My conclusion is that he is correct. Numbing the brain (have you scanned programs currently available on television?) has priority over filling bellies with healthy fare. High levels of sugar, salt, and fat in cheap food is enough to dull both hunger and thought. Sadly, Mr. Oliver is again cooking up only a furor in which few will be interested and nothing will change.
_ Even the briefest dip into the wonders of the cosmos will reveal that the universe is expanding. Scientists expect it to reach a maximum point (not definable) and then retract back to nothing. All of this is unimaginable for normal people, like you and me.
Anyone studying popular culture will not be amiss in suggesting that things have begun to retreat...human culture-wise. One must merely watch television during any day part (advertising term) on any given day of the week or year to understand what I mean. One can see similar phenomena on YouTube or Facebook or numerous other current cultural vehicles. The universe might still be expanding, but humans are precursors in moving backwards...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.