“…long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green…”
Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
The featured image is that of Bollingen Tower, Jung’s well known and somewhat mysterious “confession of faith in stone,””maternal hearth,” and place of “repose and renewal” located on the shores of Lake Zurich. It was from the chapter in MDR entitled “The Tower” that I gleaned the following quote, for your consideration.
Reforms by advances, that is, by new methods or gadgets, are of course impressive at first, but in the long run they are dubious and in any case dearly paid for. They by no means increase the contentment or happiness of people on the whole. Mostly, they are deceptive sweetenings of existence, like speedier communications which unpleasantly accelerate the tempo of life and leave us with less time than ever before. Omnis festinatio ex parte diaboli est – all haste is of the devil, as the old masters used to say.
Reforms by retrogressions, on the other hand, are as a rule less expensive and in addition more lasting, for they return to the simpler, tried and tested ways of the past and make the sparest use of newspapers, radio, television, and all supposedly timesaving innovations.
Carl Gustav Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1962
The girls all prefer listening to a story over watching a film because you can “do stuff” while you listen.
Featured image: A Saba Freudenstadt 8
The Deerslayer, Part 1 – 13:22
The last of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales
Rene Robert Cavelier de La Salle – 15:06
René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was a 17th century French explorer and fur trader in North America. He explored the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Amazing Death Of Mrs Putnam – 25:16
A woman calling the police is shot while she’s on the phone. But she was really killed two hours earlier!
Spawn Of The Sub Human – 24:38
Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dealings with the unknown. It aired as a horror drama on NBC between 1941 and 1942.
Before television, radio provided good family entertainment, and it can do so again.
Small-town radio is fizzling nationwide, as stations struggle to attract advertisement dollars. And as station owners are forced to sell, media conglomerates snap up rural frequencies for rock-bottom prices, for the sole purpose of relocating them to urban areas. In a more affluent market, they can be flipped for a higher price. With limited frequencies available, larger broadcasters purchase as many as possible – especially those higher on the dial – in a race not dissimilar to a real estate grab.
Before television, radio provided good family entertainment, and it can do so again. Unlike TV, radio requires an active mind on the part of the listener; it evokes images rather than providing them. And that can be powerful: the pictures we create in our own imaginations as we hear a radio show unfold may be more vivid than anything a television screen can provide.
Already, radio is offering more than just news and music. The Prairie Home Companion was a great success, offering a type of program, the variety show, that tends to be dull on TV. American Radio Theater does the same. Some of the old radio dramas from the 1930s and 40s, like The Shadow and The Green Hornet, are turning up again on local stations. Some stations offer “Old Fashioned Saturday Nights,” with shows and music from the great days of radio. Just as TV offers new opportunities for Retro-entertainment, so does radio. What about stations devoted in toto to re-creating the past, including news, ads, everything, so when you tune in you take a trip in your Retro time machine? It’s not too far-fetched to imagine. In today’s highly segmented market, a station can succeed by being the only one that caters to a certain specific market, and Retroculture people offer that kind of market. Think of being able to turn on your big RCA radio made in 1935, the kind with tubes and lots of knobs and dials, and hear exactly what you might have heard in 1935. Now that would be entertainment!