Post # 47
mmmm. I think that being “uninterested in TV” is like saying you’re uninterested in music, uninterested in food, or uninterested in books. it’s only a media. it can deliver bad, or it can deliver great.
tv in the last decade has improved tremendously and personally i think there’re more great, well written/directed/acted, thought provoking, deep and fine tv shows than new great movies or great books coming out right now.
obviously i’m not trying to make you watch tv, i just wanted to point out that there’s not one TV entity that is one thing.
i personally don’t use entertainment as a way to make me a better person. however, I do think that just like reading, listening to good music or watching good movies, watching good tv can open new horizons and make us curious on things we never thought we’d be, thus making us more interesting
and even if it wasn’t this way, i think that good entertainment make us happy and that in itself is improving my life.
but obviously to each their own.
Post # 48
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
That’s just it. It’s not entertaining to me. Sure, I can sit through another episode of Through the Wormhole (one of DS’s favorites) and learn something new about astrophysics, but I’d learn it better from a book because I process information better via that medium. I can even enjoy a show here and there (see my reference to Archer. I mean, “truck-a-saurus hands” and “bloody mary, full of vodka” is just hilarious). But the vast majority of what I’ve seen makes me feel as though I am losing brain cells at a rapid pace while enduring yet another cheap gimmick or tits scene. And then the commercials on top of that on regular tv? Please, just shoot me and get it over with. Most of it is simply not entertainment, and it doesn’t make me happy. A good book is far more entertaining to me, and actually requires me to use my brain to conjure up imagery and process complex language (we’re talking George Eliot here, not Danielle Steele).
Mass media plays to the lowest common denominator. I’m in no mood to race to the bottom to be part of the market they are simultaneously catering to and encouraging the further development of. It’s probably also why I don’t listen to the radio much. I don’t want to hear about the DJ’s kid or listen to a promotion for the latest whatever marketed to me by someone that tries to sound young and hip.
I find the content of much media to be a turn off. I won’t say that all TV is bad. I’m sure it’s not. But I don’t have the energy or the interest to sort through all of the crap to find one gem. I have better uses for that time. At the same time, you won’t find me listening to the radio, buying People magazine, visiting TMZ, reading the latest best seller just because it’s a best seller, or generally consuming what mass media wants to feed me. But you will find me here on the bee, because it’s fun to hear other people’s perspectives and have interesting discussions like this one. 🙂
Post # 49
I’m off of work right now (teacher) so I’m watching TV a lot more now. I’m a reality tv junkie – my current favorite shows are: Real Housewives of NJ, The Bachelorette, True Blood, Drop Dead Diva, Devious Maids, Breaking Amish, and Keeping up with the Kardashians.