Thank goodness for MTV2 and their showing episodes of Boy Meets World, or this blog post would have never gotten written in the first place. Inspiration comes to me from weird places, and I’m just going with it!
In the episode, “Quiz Show,” Topanga, Cory, and Shawn become minor celebrities as the boring public access academic quiz show turns to glitz and glamor and watchable as pop culture questions are being thrown at them.
Their teacher Mr. Feeny is abhorred by their sudden rise to fame because of the way they got there…. meaningless trivia, citing that the United States’ academic deficiencies may be due in part to this veneration of useless knowledge instead of people focusing on more worthy endeavors.
Cory Matthews: Mr. Feeny, look, the show’s proving that we’re absorbing the right kind of knowledge, I mean that’s why we’re the champions.
[the class applauds]
George Feeny: Hold it, hold it, wait a minute. Champions of what, Mr. Matthews? Of a generation whose verbal and mathematical skills have sunk SO low, when you have the highest technology at your fingertips? Gutenberg’s generation thirsted for a new book every six months. Your generation gets a new web page every six seconds. And how do you use this technology? To beat King Koopa, and save the princess. Shame on you. You deserve what you get.
George Feeny: Sit down, stay where you are. For the first time, I choose to walk out on you.
—courtesy of IMDB
When the trio begin to question the producers of the show, now flush with sponsor money, about making the questions more academic, Topanga, Cory, and Shawn’s short-lived 15 minutes of fame are up as they are overthrown by the challengers from Malibu because Shawn can’t answer an academic question… one that Mr. Feeny has so recently taught him about Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, who made the written word accessible to the masses.
I always did love that series, and that particular episode… even if I happened to be someone that wanted to “beat King Koopa and save the princess.”
But really, in the end, Mr. Feeny was right: all of this connectivity and immediate gratification has only furthered my need to want to play yet another level of Candy Crush Soda Saga instead of writing even this very post that I’m doing now.
It really hit me … what am I going to regret at the end of my life: not getting to whatever level in Candy Crush or not truly living life or excelling in my business or writing that blog post that could change someone’s life or make that digital offering that teaches someone tarot?
Well, I think you know what my answer is.
Mr. Feeny was right.
So why am I writing to you about an episode of a series that ended 15 years ago (yes, Boy Meets World spanned from the years 1993–2000… I’m as surprised as you are)? Because this is a return to regular blogging, and an update to my summer hours of operation.
New blog posts will be available weekly on Wednesdays (barring this particular post, of course!). Some special blog series will be posted on different days of the week, such as Fridays for Weekly Round-Up posts and Tuesdays for Major Arcana In-Depth posts.
Summer Hours are as follows….
Summer Hours (by appointment only; please e-mail me for scheduling)*:
|Mon:||7:30 pm||–||10:00 pm|
|Wed:||7:30 pm||–||10:00 pm|
|Thu:||6:00 pm||–||10:00 pm|
|Fri:||6:00 pm||–||10:00 pm|
|Sat – Sun:||Closed until Sept.||–|
Readings are generally scheduled one to three weeks in advance.
Events are generally scheduled at least one month in advance.
Please take special note that I am closed on the weekends until September. Between a day job as an editor, moonlighting as a tarot reader, and planning a wedding… well, you get the picture that though everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, my days are quickly filling up.
So much so that I’m choosing sleep over TV and mobile gaming. Because Feeny knows best.
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