Sunday, December 20, 2009
A few Sunday Salons back, debnance discussed why she had gotten rid of her TV in 2003. She listed numerous reasons why this was the "best decision of my life," one of which was the freedom from irrelevant information regarding celebrities' latest bullshit. Me, I just naturally gave up on watching TV. It wasn't a sudden decision nor was it a complete one. I actually still have a TV in my room even though I rarely use it. But having grown up with the Internet, I find that I just can't abide by the passiveness of TV-watching. You have no control over what to watch. (If your show is not on or you don't like/have already seen the episode, tough.) You can't interact with anyone or anything - you can't comment on something you just viewed or send it via email or post it on Facebook. All you can do is sit and stare.
In other words: TV-watching turns you into a vegetable.
This topic comes up because I found myself unable to avoid the TV today. My brother, who is home from college, was cooking in the kitchen and had the kitchen TV blaring. So I went upstairs only to find that my sister was in the rec room watching TV with the home theater system on full blast. And guess what they were both watching? VH1's The Fabulous Life. Of the Hamptons. Of the World's Most Extravagant Heiresses. I couldn't escape.
I do not understand the appeal of those shows. All they seem to accomplish is making you feel resentful about all the stuff you don't have.
So I went to my room and turned on my TV. There was absolutely nothing on except for a marathon on Animal Planet of one of those "truth or fiction?" shows about mysterious creatures like the Jersey Devil and the White River Monster. I watched about two hours of this before I realized that there were better things to do.
Alas, I just couldn't get into Kristin Lavransdatter. I'm still not even finished with the second book and, having read a synopsis of the third one on Wikipedia, I'm honestly not looking forward to the third. It sounds like more epic dramz.
I have other books laying around I can read instead and I'll be getting new ones for Christmas. So things will look up soon.