Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Why Watch TV? Part 1.

NOTE: This is the first part of an ongoing series about the good of television, including moral reasons and implications.

With so many books unread and so many songs unsung, what is the point of watching television?  As your mother used to say, "It's a beautiful day outside, why are you wasting it on this filth?"  First of all, mother, this is not filth.  Slater's chameleon, Artie, just died, and I'm not sure he can handle the death of the death of his best friend.

It's true that you should be outside, and kids should not be raised on Saved by the Bell, but like so many things, there is a time and place for television.  It can be uplifting and emotional, educational and useful.  But it is a time-consuming affair, and I do not recommend watching it nonstop.  But there are shows that are worth your while (and even more that you shouldn't watch even if there is nothing else on).  So why watch TV?

1.  Escapism
This the most common reason for watching television.  It can be a mindless venture into a new world, inhabited by characters that make you laugh and worry, but ultimately that you don't think about past the 30 or 60 minutes that you spend with them per week.  This type of television is perfect for watching after a long day at work, when you just need to sink into something else, and let others figure out their own problems instead of you.  These shows are just fun to watch.
Example: CSI (all iterations)

Tune in tomorrow for #2.

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