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Faerunner said on May 25th, 2005 at 5:30 am :

Wonderful. I’ve linked this from my blog, hope you don’t mind. It deserves attention.


Andy N said on May 25th, 2005 at 1:40 pm :

I got here via Faerunner’s “Bells” blog. I hope she forgives me., and that you hold it not against her.
Other than this bit of sentence: “or just are too afraid that doing so will involve absurd and obscene some level of danger.” which is missing “something”, it reads quite well. (what happened? Cell phone ring, or tv catch your eye??) ;-)

Perhaps you meant: ‘or are just too indoctrinated via the box that doing so may be dangerous, and unnecessary at least, as they can just sit there and watch someone do it for them, living vicariously and emptiy through the glowing box in the corner of their comfortable cubicle.’

Actually, you may have been too kind on the vidiots. Tv does suck, and that slurping sound is that of the remains of any semblance of meaningful intelligence vacuumed from the heads of those who sit rapt before it.


olivia said on May 25th, 2005 at 3:40 pm :

see, i agree with most of what you said. TV can be pretty pointless and such, but it’s also amazingly powerful and i’m glad it exists!!
it’s a form of art, corrupted at times, yes, but art nonetheless.
as a teenager (decades ago) i enjoyed watching dawsons creek and crying with the characters!
it all goes back to the Greeks – catharsis!!
AND – now that mom’s in the hospital i thank God every day for TV. easy entertainment distracts the mind and that’s not always a bad thing.


Kines said on May 25th, 2005 at 3:47 pm :

Funny. Two things: I thank thee Andy for pointing out the mistake. For all that I hate grammatical-incorrectness, I appreciate it when I make a mistake and it’s pointed out. Olivia, I understand what you mean, and it sadly reminds me when you talk about your mum. I’m supposing you’re saying that you’re thankful for TV not because of your mom being able to watch it, but you being able to distract yourself from the pain of it all by watching. My parents said I was callous and cold-hearted when I turned on the TV while my dad was in the hospital after his stroke. Maybe I was. Or maybe it was an innate defence mechanism trying to block out and distract the pain… I’m so much more confused inside than one would assume…


Crazy Like A Fox said on May 25th, 2005 at 8:49 pm :

Great post. I have to admit to occasionally watching an episode or two of a reality series, but all in all I would be more happy watching the Discovery Channel or PBS. TV is one of those things I can take or leave.


Spootifercus said on May 25th, 2005 at 8:58 pm :

Awesome rant. I got here from Faerunner’s blog, and I totally agree. I spit upon the idea reality TV– something that shocks almost everyone my age– and always feel guilty when watching it. Thankfully, my small attention span forces me to do something else like drawing or reading while it’s turned on, so I still have bits of my brain left.

There are a few programs I don’t feel are worthless, but I could definately live without the ‘tube,


Jerome said on May 25th, 2005 at 9:09 pm :

I just read about this ALT-1, ALT-2 etc stuff. That’s cool! How did you do that?


Kines said on May 25th, 2005 at 9:31 pm :

It’s an attribute you attach to your links as an accessability feature (those who can’t use the mouse)… use “accesskey=”1″, accesskey=”2″ etc so that your links become like: (without the brackets)

a href=”http://www.chronicled.org/index.php” title=”Read my weblog” accesskey=”1″

I’ve rigged this blog with a lot of accessability features in hopes that it’s readable for all…


olivia said on May 25th, 2005 at 11:28 pm :

wow 8 comments! i thought i should make it 9!!

your dad had a stroke!??!

rio, i wish we could talk more often. and like real people, not like cyber buddies.

maybe i’ll transfer to swarthmore. but first i have to learn to pronounce it.


~Silk~ said on May 26th, 2005 at 12:11 pm :

TV use to be about opening our horizons and a medium for information… Why do I feel more closed in watching much of what is on it nowadays?…
I agree about the guilt part… Saying that I do not follow any of the recent hit reality shows is close to being blapshemous here…
Thanks for dropping by at my blog!

May 24, 2005 | TV sucks

There was a blog I happened across on BlogExplosion that was titled “TV sucks” which was apparently closed by its author because of the amount of hatred and antagonism that had been directed towards it concerning whatever material he had chosen to write about. Well let the legacy continue, because truly there is no more accurate generalisation than saying that TV sucks. Sure, some of the 50-to-200 channels you can chose from usually come with a few, decent-if-not-classified-as-for-nerds programming stations that might be worth the hour or two devoted to viewing it. The problem with the majority of TV is that if offers nothing more than pure, unadulterated, time-wasting entertainment. The only plus side that I can ever conjur up about watching TV is that it gives the viewer the sensation of having watched something utterly enjoyable, thus providing some level of karma that fades away after a brief length of time.

Reality TV, the buzz of the moment from anywhere in Bombay to Boston, irks me the most. Besides the fact that it is tied into the “series” aspect of TV (Find out about what happens to Marvin in the next show, airing on Tuesdays at 9pm eastern!) which I utterly detest because I almost always cannot dedicate a framework of time each week devoted entirely to watching TV (and what’s the use of watching a series if you miss out on a episode? Downloading an episode is too tedious), reality TV is just a fancy name for a zoo on tape.

A zoo is where humans pay money to some greedy gatekeeper to go see animals that they are otherwise too lazy to go out and see for themselves, or just are too afraid that doing so will involve an absurd and obscene level of danger. They inherently suppose that the gatekeeper and his cohorts are keeping the animals in a perfectly acceptable habitat, misinterpeting the fact that the nearest elephant is not putting his trunk high up in the air just because he is waving hello to you, but because he is utterly miserable being looked at by some tourist with a flashing device that Japanese people so adore.

Reality TV is not dissimilar. It’s a program where people sit down in front of their faithful telly (unsurprisingly fabricated by those who make the flashing devices previously mentioned), pull out a bowlful of popcorn, and laugh and point at equally silly people acting out what would be the life of a perfectly insane person. There are other varieties too, like those that involve young talents that have everyone jealous about, those who adorn the next issue of the TV listings magazine sold for 30 cents at the checkout counter of your supermarket. Others involve flying a few idiots to some distant island to re-enact The Lord of the Flies and to see who can, surprisingly, outwit his comrades in a combination of shrewd deception and cunningness. The more surprising thing is that those very actors can actually become popular by those who think they can somehow relate to him/her or just because that person is, like, realllly, like oh so drop dead gorgeous. Like, really.

Going down the ladder of idiocy (lower being greater, if you know what I mean) there are finally those shows that purposely use guinea pigs to exact lust and temptation so that it becomes the next over-dinner discussion at the family table (“Hey, did you know Miara is getting reeeal close to that guy? I mean geez, she’s married and all”)

Insipid, to say the very least. And that would just be one slimy section of the whole realm of TV.

TV is the blackhole of creativity, of imagination, and of human resource. It is at the other edge of the “I am using my time wisely”-spectrum, and instead involves utter brainwave inactivity, gradual degradation of speech modes, and a general turn towards an increasingly undesirable personality disorder called “Did You Watch That Show”, also known as “I Cannot Believe You Did Not Watch It” or “Everyone Watches It”. If someone with that disorder approches me with one of those cliches, chances are that I will do everything I can not to watch it. Sue me for being wierd, but I prefer other modes of entertainment, thank you.

TV n. also referred to as Totally Valetudinarian, television, teevee, the telly, or archaic: the black box, moving pictures. A technical invention that gained popularity in the 1960s that is remarkably useless in its stupidity, idiocy, and worthlessness. May or may not contain violence, nudity, or callous references to drugs and sex. Mostly unsuitable for all ages and may produce harmful and undesirable side effects (like not understanding this defintion) should this warning not be heeded. May seek to inform viewer but will most likely end up misinforming. Very useful and effective propaganda tool, exploited by corporations and companies worldwide. May utilise cheap sound effects to induce laughter during particularly unhumourous scenes of so-called comedies. Generally not recommended for public consumption.

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