TELEVISION AND THE DESPAIR OF DENETHOR

In an earlier post, “Breakfast with Mr. Gullible”, I stressed the addictive grip that the television culture exerted on Mr. Gullible and his ilk. In another post, “An Evening with Gollum”, I compared the withered humanity of an alcoholic to the character of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. I thought about comparing Mr. Gullible with Denethor, another character from The Lord of the Rings, but thought better of it. Denethor, for all his deadly faults, was a man who wielded power, albeit badly; Mr. Gullible, on the other hand, is utterly powerless except for the vote that he casts in elections. There is, however, a real parallel between the “king” (steward) and the plebeian in their shared addiction to television.
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