posted on Sep, 19 2011 @ 09:21 PM
I can't think of anything more pointlessly proud than the "I don't watch TV" people. Hey, that's great, you don't watch TV, congratulations.
Most of you seem to fill up all that free time you gained by not watching TV with telling people how you don't watch TV and TV is bad. Get off your
evangelical high horse and at least be unrepentantly smug and self-righteous to yourself.
Yeah, a lot of TV is bad. The majority of it is, but throughout the, I don't know, 60, 70 years it's been on there has been INCREDIBLE television
shows. Shows that could rival the greats of literature or film. TV happens to be the perfect medium to tell a story in. They're only a slight step
above books, because the visual element can really take things up a notch in a way that an author just describing something to you can't do.
Especially if whatever's being described is meant to be symbolic or metaphorical. Where television really blows everything out of the water is time.
A season of TV can be anywhere from 6 hours to 13 hours long. In that time you can flesh out a character, watch them grow, watch plots move forward,
intertwine, resolve and explode in amazing ways.
To call TV bullsh*t or worthless is to suggest burning down an art gallery because there's painting of naked people. You have the right to not like
painting of naked people, you have the right to not look at them, but it's stupid to cast off the whole lot because you can't see past what offends
you. I'm not religious, but I always dug God's "One good man in Sodom" bit (how'd the end, by the way? everybody fine, nobody hurt, right?).
There's a bunch of great things on television and because people get so uptight and snotty about it they actually deprive themselves of ART. Here's
my list of shows that are currently in production that I love. It's not all art, but it's all well-made entertainment.
Parks and Recreation
(BBC's Masterpiece Mysteries) Sherlock
Game of Thrones