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‘The Big Picture’
Airing New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – 9:00 pm (9:30 pm NT) on CBC-TV
The 'Big Picture' finds RON JAMES delivering his poetically charged brand of funny as he continues his search for sanity in these days of constant, dizzying change on our rapidly spinning planet.
Observations on the ‘everyday' from stocking up for the ‘end times’ at Costco and twits on Twitter to the whiplash-inducing Orwellian 'double speak' of corporate spin, that has Big Oil selling 'spills' as an economic boon and trendy juice bars selling goji berry kale smoothies as a short cut to immortality!
Ron will weigh in on the fall of Mike Duffy, the rise of Netflix, and the sequel no one saw coming, 'Iraq 2: The Redeployment'. He’ll also talk about the new super-villain at the table – sugar, hockey vs. soccer, and his own well-meaning but doomed attempts to 'take time for mindfulness' while keeping half a dozen plates in the air at the daily circus of multi-tasking.
With our privacy on the endangered list and most people thinking 'Big Brother' is just a show about horny twenty-something fame junkies holed up in a condo, Ron looks at our ‘text you later’ culture where someone with 2000 Facebook ‘friends’ can still be alone on a Saturday night, and authentic human contact is becoming rare as unicorn milk.
In this age of technology, with our digital existence quickly outpacing our analog lives, Ron wonders if we've become so focused on the small screen in the palm of our hand, that we're missing the 'big picture' all around us. Then he shares his realization – discovered while stranded in ‘middle of nowhere’ Montana on a summertime road-trip - that sometimes the journey you get isn’t always the one you went looking for.