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'John from Cincinnati' story raises many questions about media, interesting developments, 'dumbing down' of Americans
by Steve Hammons
Posted: 15:50 August 20, 2007
The decision to cancel the HBO series “John from Cincinnati” after one ten-episode season seems to raise a few questions worth kicking around.
Were fans of the HBO shows “The Sopranos” and “Deadwood” so disappointed those programs ended that they took it out on “John?” Looks like that was part of it.
Was there a culture clash between the psychology of New York City media honchos and life in the San Diego region? Very possibly.
Is “John” a dumb show or did some viewers and critics ridicule and avoid the issues it addressed and how it presented them because of the “dumbing down” of Americans? That is a question possibly worth looking at.
The creators, writers, cast and crew presented a story of both conventional personal and social issues along with the emergence of unconventional developments.
Family and personal challenges, surfing, community social dynamics and similar topics blended with unusual elements involving the realities of human spirituality in the context of modern discoveries in quantum physics and psychology.
SAN DIEGO CONSCIOUSNESS
For those people who have never been to the San Diego region, where “John from Cincinnati” is set and filmed, do not confuse it with Los Angeles or other areas of California. It is unique.
The San Diego area is home to the largest military complex on the planet. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have been a major presence and influence since World War II.
North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado Island, just up the road from Imperial Beach, was a center of pioneering efforts in naval aviation. Aircraft carriers dock there.
A major Navy SEAL headquarters is nearby. The Navy’s Marine Mammal Program that trains dolphins, sea lions, Beluga whales and other marine creatures is on the Point Loma peninsula. A submarine base and many other Navy activities are also part of the area.
Whether we have pro-military, anti-military or neutral-military feelings in this time of a controversial war and controversial national leadership, the people of San Diego have created a community with a significant degree of fellowship, teamwork and unity.
These human factors blend with the beauty of the history and geography of the region, the beauty of the area’s beaches, the profound nature of the Pacific Ocean and the proximity to Mexico, among other elements.