Why I'm not enamoured of television

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Well not watching TV is one of my quirks and it is one thing I don't understand about the rest of my fellow human beings...their obsession with the thing known as "Television". This activity primarily involves watching idiots do idiotic things (atleast on the most watched shows) or seeing stereotypes being exploited (generally both are combined to worse effect) or seeing utterly boring things made cool because studios have no imagination (some program called top chef where in the final the judges were agonising about the sous-chef's all so important role in preparing the dessert...I mean who cares?)

But all that aside...my main grouse is that TV is not interactive. Even when you're doing something dumb like playing computer games...you're doing something right? You affect the outcome of what happens. And then TV just takes up so much time! The internet is so much better! On TV can you have a show on why the internet sucks?

I admit you could watch educational stuff on TV but who does that? I mean you could just wiki it or something.
Internet is way better that TV :)

Ofcourse, this is not to say there aren't good TV shows around.

EDIT: I have been watching Jeeves & Wooster, and its a gem, so I guess there are TV shows which are real standouts =)

Maybe this will help shed some light on the issue ;)
Calvin and Hobbes rationalising TV

The answer of course is illegal access to the right television shows and films whenever you want...

www.videolemon.com

Well, the Internet comes up with the answer to everything. I wonder if our generation will be called the "Internet Generation" in the sense, similar to how those born after WWII were called "Baby Boomers".

Couldn't you use your "non-interactive" arguments against reading a book, watching movies or listening to music though?

In any case, it seems you're commenting mostly on the popular reality shows and mediocre procedurals that dominate the airwaves. There is a lot of quality out there though - The Wire and The Sopranos are routinely regarded as among the best any form of media has to offer, and shows ranging from South Park to The Shield are able to provoke thoughtful debate in a range of areas, in a range of ways. Friday Night Lights manages some of the most believable characterisation I've ever seen. And then there's just the out-and-out fun of sitcoms like Frasier and The Simpsons and semi-procedural shows like Monk and House, which, for me personally, is rarely bettered in any medium.

In any case, it seems you're commenting mostly on the popular reality shows and mediocre procedurals that dominate the airwaves.
That is true. I admit I haven't really tried most of those shows you've mentioned. As I said "Ofcourse, this is not to say there aren't good TV shows around." I suspect if TiVo existed over here, things might be different.

What I did find when watching TV is that its a pain cutting through the nonsense that as you said dominates the airwaves and finding the good stuff.

Books, movies & music are way more personal for me atleast, not just some mass media entertainment thats tailored to fit everybody (or American/Western audiences?). I get much greater satisfaction out of books, movies and music than of out watching TV.

What I did find when watching TV is that its a pain cutting through the nonsense that as you said dominates the airwaves and finding the good stuff.

OK, fair enough. I'll go along with that. I discover most of the TV I love on DVD after I've read reviews; I accept channel-flicking might prove less fruitful!

Books, movies & music are way more personal for me atleast, not just some mass media entertainment thats tailored to fit everybody (or American/Western audiences?). I get much greater satisfaction out of books, movies and music than of out watching TV.

Fair enough. I can't say I agree (with the exception of music, which is able to provoke deep emotional reaction in me better than any other medium) but again, that does explain your view somewhat!

Thanks for replying.

I love the Calvin and Hobbes strip. :D

Why would you need a television when you got Youtube?

You don't actually. I don't think my generation bothers with television anymore to be honest. The Internet FTW!

It's even worse these days over here, television companies over here are on a strike for not receiving enough money from the government and refuse to broadcast anything else than the "Music for life"-project which consists out of 3 radio-presenters getting stuck in a glass house for a week without sleep broadcasting live mainstream crap music non-stop for charity against diarrhea-deaths of children in africa. Last track being played there was JB's "Baby" and then I rushed towards the zapper to fucking turn it off instantly! Public transport and hospitals are dead over here as well today because of the strike.

Sounds pretty boring to me. The great thing about the Internet is you have control over what you want to watch. I just look up promising TV shows and have the Internet bring them to me instead of settling for whatever is programmed that day.

Lol, Internet and Television come from the same line over here, so if Television is down, Internet will be too and vice versa.