Repackaged for Television

I’ve told this story before, is well worth a retelling. A demonstration by some young Dreamers, in support of the Dream Act, an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, that would grant some sort of stayed conditional residency in the U.S. for children of illegals, do to no fault of their own. One young wholesome female stood out, caught the attention of a television news crew for a brief on the spot interview, was so articulate in her remarks was invited for a more in-depth interview later that week. Now here is where the story gets a little messy, messy as in television cultural messy, that dictates that everyone that appears on television must appear a certain way, old males are urged to young dye their hair, females with blond long hair or in a straight hair wig, false elaborate eye make-up, the works as in cheap dance hall type, gray hair, ‘fuhgeddaboudit’. Anyway, getting back to the Dreamer, her remarks was as effective as the ones given during the street interview except these remarks came not from a believable wholesome looking youth but from a seasoned well-oiled over made up teen seemly out to pull the wool over the eyes of anyone who heard her speak, she had been repackaged. On television, that first appearance communicates everything there is to know about a person in an instant, a kind of first hump, once overcome, if ever, then and only then are we open to any further consideration of anything else about them, sadly it’s that fakery of that first appearance that we use to stand in judgement of them going forward.

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