Happy 4th of July, everyone!
…or, at least, that’s what every image you see on television and in movies would have you believe.
But did you know that there are 155 television marathons planned for the 4th of July weekend alone? Fans of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Monk,” “The A Team,” and even “Silent Library” can watch episode after episode of their favorites over the next three days.
Do you think these marathons are planned for folks standing around the charcoal briquettes? “Gather the kids, Grandma — there’s 12 hours of ‘Ugly Betty,’ and the family wouldn’t want to miss it!”
I don’t think so.
The TV networks program marathons over the holidays because so many people don’t have that idealized, family scenario. They may just be hanging out, enjoying their free time…or they may be lonely as hell.
It’s just funny to think the folks who sell the idea of what the 4th of July holiday is all about also sell the substitute…
Just in case.