I've never questioned your manly-ness... Wait a minute. Are you saying that you are a man? Oh my.
j/k man, but Buffy??? Manliness issues aside, that show produces more cheese than Wisconson. I think only Xena might have been worse.
I'm rather odd in my Simpson watching habit. I have an entire 4 seasons on DVD but I still only watch it on broadcast TV. I think it's just a ritual thing. It forces me to sit down for an hour each day and relax doing absolutely nothing important or stressful. If it weren't a time period forced on me by the broadcasters, I wouldn't have the discipline to stick to it myself.
Not to mention that I only have four seasons on DVD and there are about 14 total seasons.
"this why I opt to stay home and play in a ficticous world of fantasy and roleplay"
And I have for quite some time found this to be an interesting irony. We take breaks from reality into our fantasy worlds, we don't make a fantasy of our realities like so many. The pursuit of delusion has far surpassed the pursuit of knowledge or true happiness.
We live in the diet-pill era. In order to be happy I need not lift a finger except to pinch a pill that will make me beautiful, desirable, and healthy. All good things come in a bottle.
I gave up TV long ago except for the Simpsons. That's the only show I watch. I need the daily comedy break. Even then, the commercials do get irritating. Although, at the time the Simpsons is on, I have to deal mostly with lawyer commercials. Talk about avoidance of responsibility. Call 1-800-CASH-IN and I will find somebody to sue somehow for whatever misery that you possess, however minor.
I don't like moderating. I've never had a thing for power of any kind. I think the desire for dominance over another creature is a base human insecurity that I hope I never develop. Thus, I don't want to delete or edit posts, but I do feel a responsibility to coordinate topics so that the forums don't become chaotic and confusing for those who are searching for specific materials. I opened a new forum, generically called "Community" for now. I hope you don't mind my moving your thread here.
Regarding your "rant," I agree with much of your sentiment. Rampant abuse of medical drugs, especially mind-altering psychotropic drugs, is a big problem. However, I don't entirely agree with where you point the blame. Such a reaction is always the first reaction people have when they identify a problem. My child went out and gunned down a car. Damn video games! A man walked into McDonald's and blew 10 people away. Damn gun manufacturers! The neighbor molested my 10-year old boy. Damn Michael Jackson! (Well, okay, I might agree with that last one. :P)
No matter what is developed in this world, no matter how abused, it is not the invention that is the evil. It's the use. The reason use of it seems to get worse and worse is because people can continue to unload their responsibility upon the inventors and manufacturers. Why stop a behavior if you enjoy it and that behavior isn't your fault? Not only you get to blame someone else, but everyone else will help you point the blame elsewhere.
In specific, the makers of these drugs you mention. There are legitimate uses for such things. There are those who do need them. Unfortunately those who truly need them are in the small minority of those using them. Responsibility falls first and foremost on those who use them unnecessarily, those who want the easy solution, a "magic pill" to make all their problems go away. Responsibility falls second on those who make such drugs readily available and who aren't qualified to do so. General medical doctors are not the ones to manage psychotropes. Trained psychiatrists do not administer these drugs as freely as your family doctor will.
Anyway, I guess I'll finish by saying perhaps we're actually "on the same page" (heehee) here but looking at it a little differently. Do I think companies that make things like Paxil should tout it as a solution for your mental problems? "Feeling blue? Pop a pill. Available in pharmacy section of your grocery store, right next ot the Flintstone's chewable morphine." No. But I guess I'm of a mind to blame the ignorant, apathetic masses who are actually affected by this. It's like the Jedi mind trick. It works on the weak-minded.