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The ‘Prisoner’ Star Patrick McGoohan Dead at 80

When I was a kid, watching The Prisoner was my parents’ way of giving me a treat (they didn’t believe in candy, nor in sweets and desserts). I loved that show, with its sci-fi overtones, its Big Brother feel, and its star’s courage and determination.

It’s therefore with great sadness that I learned today that Patrick McGoohan is dead. Although it’s not old, I can’t believe he was 80. Makes me feel old.

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How much humiliation are you prepared to take?

I’m not a fan of TV in general. These last ten years we didn’t have cable, nor did we have an antenna, so the only use of the TV we had was to watch movies. When we switched telephone provider, however, they were offering a package that included cable so we decided to give it a try.

I’ve gotten out of the habit of sitting in front of the tube to watch a program, although I’ve tried a sample and I must say I’m pretty appalled that in TV humiliation is the new black. From American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, who put themselves on the line only to be told, in compassionless words, that they stink, to Oprah and Oprah-like reveal-all, to improvement shows such as W Network’s Save us from our House and Trial by Jury, there is a slurry of shows that has humiliation as its central theme.

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