Network Quote / 1976

This could have been written today.  But it was written in 1976.  Not much has changed

Network 1976

“I don’t have to tell you things are bad, everybody knows things are bad. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter, punks are running wild on the streets, and there’s nobody anywhere seems to know what to do, there’s
no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. We sit watching our TV while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides, 63 violent crimes, as if that’s the way is supposed to be. We know things are bad, worse than bad! They’re crazy, it’s like everything everywhere it’s going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house and slowly the world we live in is getting smaller, and all we say is ‘please, at least leave us along in our living room, let me have my toaster, my tv, my steel belted radio and I won’t say anything… just leave us alone!’ Well I’m not going to leave you alone… I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest, I don’t want you write to your Congress members because I don’t know what to tell you to write, I don’t know what to do about the depression, the inflation, and the Russians and the crime on the streets, all I know is that first, you gotta get mad! You’ve gotta say, ‘I’m a human being goddamn it, my life has value!'”