Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I'm Appalled

There are some things that I simply accept as a matter of course. I'm a bit odd -- I don't "feel" odd to me, but, if "odd" means different from most other folks, then I have to accept that I'm a bit odd. I really don't watch much tv at all and, for most of my life, I never have. But I sometimes fail to appreciate just how odd that makes me.

I had a long, leisurely lunch today with a bunch of the people that I work with, all lawyers and legal secretaries. At least half of the entire conversation was based on tv -- either sports or other tv shows. I was amazed at how many of these people, all really smart, well-educated people, spend what must be most of their non-work time watching tv shows. Amazed is the wrong word. The right word is: appalled. Their days begin with GMA, they return home from work to watch some weird "reality" (hah!) shows, and fall asleep to some sports event or another. All of them! I'm the only one sitting there thinking, "Yeah, I've heard of that show, but I've never seen it."

Good grief, people! Turn off the goddamn tv set. For the love of god! What if this IS your only chance to go around the wheel? What if this is your only ONE and precious life? Is this really how you want to spend it? Didn't you read 1984 and Brave New World? Stop it! Just stop it!


spectral_ev said...

satan is speaking through my tv
he only says two words,
'buy this'

Hecate said...


Those are the only two words that the xian's Satan has ever spoken. Apparently, two words are enough.

Anonymous said...

You only covet what you see. It's amazing how many things you don't need if you never know they exist.
TV is nothing more than a vehicle for selling garbage to those too lazy to read or take a walk.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that a coincidence! I just finished reading Brave New World. My teenaged daughter recommended it to me. She watches a lot of films (art films) and otherwise reads all the time. I just read. I don't even know how the hell to work a t.v. that has three goddamn clickers. Sometimes if I'm not too tired, I'll watch Countdown with Keith. But one night he insulted the builders and worshippers of Stonehenge, and since then I haven't even been keen on him.

Anne, the Merlin of Berkeley Springs

sopka said...

among lower class workers in america and in many other countries people only work. To someone who works a fifteen hour day shift like my husband used to. tv viewing is a luxury and with exhaustion the only thing one can do.