I hate the attitude that TV is inferior to books. I don't know why or how it came about.
So I got a little urked in the latest writerunboxed article on the writers' strike"
at these comments
3 Responses to “WGA strike update”
on 17 Dec 2007 at 10:52 am theamcginnis
what if the whole world realized that when there wasn’t anything to watch anymore, tv would cease to be the indispensible form of entertainment? imagine all those people filling up their time spending it with their families, reading books, talking more, exercising or just enjoying the sound of silence? imagine all the unintended consequences to this strike?????
on 17 Dec 2007 at 11:33 am Kathleen Bolton
No kidding, Thea! Maybe around May, everyone would realize their lives were more productive without t.v., and they’d never go back. That really would be something.
on 17 Dec 2007 at 12:59 pm astrothsknot
But why is life more productive without TV?
I’m sick of seeing TV denigrated. It’s a brilliant medium for getting information to the world at large, uniting people around the water cooler at work or just sparking discussion.
No other medium allows writers to develop intricate plots and characters, allows viewers to get drawn into a world for weeks on on end and for years on end.
Not even books.
I can multi-task watching the TV. I can’t do that with a book. In a time-starved world, that’s of increasing importance.
I dispute that TV must be “good for you” or “educational”. At best that’s patronising - if I can chose my government, I chose what I want to watch on TV - and at worst, it’s hypocritical. Is every book out there “Good For Me”?
Of course not.
And how dare someone else presume to tell me what I should and shouldn’t like? No one would think of doing it in any other form of entertainment, so why do it for TV?
I don’t always want to think, sometimes I want to watch crap. Sometimes I want to watch who’ll be the next Pussycat Doll, just like sometimes I want to watch something about the evolution of pyramids.
And if I want to sit and watch wall to wall reality, that’s my right. You don’t have to agree, you can even tell me you don’t agree, but you are not allowed to belittle my choices because you don’t agree.
That works both ways.
But the people who don’t spend time with their families or doing things as alternatives to TV, are not going to be amazingly cured of these faults by lack of TV. They’ll just find other ways to avoid what really matters.
TV is not the problem and I wish people woould stop blaming it for societies’ ills.
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