Is There Something Wrong?

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The Purpose of Television?

  1. Purely entertainment

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  2. The couch and television serve as human storage.

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  3. "Boob tube" is the term most applicable

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  1. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    Is there something wrong with actors on television pretending to live life while we spend hours sitting on our couches watching them? Even now, being confined at home, I still can't sit there and watch television for much time.
     
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  3. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    Don't blame the actors. Many shows were made before March. There must be other things to do besides watching TV.
     
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  5. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Yes there is..it conditions folk to think make believe is real and thus conditioned they go on to pretend all sorts of nonsense is somehow real.
    Can you think of any example.
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  7. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    I can think of quite many.
     
  8. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    I went out for a drive today. Nothing is really open, so I didn't bother changing out of my pajamas.
     
  9. elte Valued Senior Member

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    It feels wrong for me to let fiction into my mind when there is so much real stuff I don't know.
     
  10. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    I don't mind watching a game show or two, but for the larger part i don't watch television.
     
  11. elte Valued Senior Member

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    That don't seem too bad.
     
  12. just me Registered Senior Member

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    I think there is.
     
  13. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Often fiction is more useful in real life than "real stuff". You can argue that point if you like but I will stand my ground. I learned that from John Wayne.
     
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  14. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    Celebrities have a problem being normal, and that's why they cant connect with common people.
     
  15. foghorn Registered Senior Member

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    It is not only celebs... Common people:
     
  16. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    inverse proportional relationship to the addictive human condition

    have you ever met someone who has used a lot of and is not addicted to meth amphetamine ?
    they can simply have a huge bender of a night off their trolley
    but simply not desire it again and have no compulsion to want to have it continually ?
     
  17. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    And the commons who cant be normal, aleast the celebrities can be fixed.
     
  18. foghorn Registered Senior Member

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    Are you saying Celebs are a different species, because they can be ''fixed'' to become ''normal'', but ''common people'' can't be ''fixed'' to become ''normal''?

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  19. Yazata Valued Senior Member

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    I'm spending more time at home, due to coronavirus. But despite that, I find that I rarely watch television any more. It's probably been decades since I've watched the broadcast networks. I used to watch sports a lot, but sports no longer exist. I used to watch the cable news occasionally and still will if there's a breaking news event. But most of the time there isn't any breaking news and the "news" networks are filled instead with political opinion. I find that unwatchable. The "entertainment" programs aren't entertaining. Late night comedy likewise. (I haven't watched the late night programs since Leno got replaced.)

    About the only time I turn on TV is to watch a bad movie on the Sci-Fi channel or something like that, and only when I'm bored.

    I'm spending more time on the internet (I'm on it right now) where I can tailor what I look at to my interests and not what some producer in NY or LA thinks I should be interested in. I'm streaming a lot more content, often niche reality content that I choose. (Things like live-streams of rocket launches, stuff like that. I rarely stream movies or anything that employs actors.)

    And I'm reading more. I have several hundred e-books, most of them academic titles in subjects that interest me that I can dip into at my leisure, without any time pressure or paper assignments. As an independent scholar, I'm free to assign my own readings.

    Actually I'm considering cutting the cord entirely and cancelling my cable TV service, only keeping cable internet. I'm no longer interested in news and entertainment in the forms that they are delivered in this day and age.

    I guess that I really am practicing social distancing.
     
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