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Random Anger of the Day! [Jul. 3rd, 2006|10:40 am]
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[Listening to |REM--Walk Unafraid]

Today's random anger:
Laugh-tracks. The ones on sitcoms and the like. And mindless television in general.
Are we really so obsessed with convenience that we need to be told when to laugh? Something funny happens...and ooo, I know it's funny because there's laughter playing in the background! People no longer need to even decipher a phrase when watching a show...in fact, they don't even need to think at all! The thinking's already done for them! They just need to stare blankly at the screen and express amusement when given the appropriate signal.
Thinking is seen as more of an inconvenience each day, it seems. Cause after all, why figure something out yourself? That takes energy! The answer should be right in front of you...how easy! How painless! Grrr.....we're regressing by the day, it seems.
We are being belittled and pacified through the watching of these shows. I've always felt there was something wrong with the picture here. It's the reason I stopped watching TV all those years ago. Laugh-tracks aren't the only things I have severe issues with, either. I won't even get started on commercials, or reality television, or unspoken "rights" and "wrongs", or the insertion of random explosions and sex scenes as attempts to boost ratings.

I'm extremely bitter and biased when it comes to television. These are strict opinions lacking both reason and counterargument. Yet, it remains that whenever I walk into a room where that box is being stared at (for hours on end!), the sense of mindlessness attacks me. I haven't watched TV in years, and through all these years I've always felt the same way about it.
I once was a viewer too. I never noticed these things then. In fact, I remember going through emotional withdrawal when I first stopped watching it. TV was so beloved to me. But after withdrawal, the need for it was gone and I was able to see it through unclouded eyes.

Agree? Disagree? Why? How? I crave a debate, so let's start one here.

[User Picture]From: agentlespirit
2006-07-03 03:33 pm (UTC)
I don't care for laugh tracks either...however, I really do enjoy reality TV, due to the fact that we can see people that aren't 'acting' that are real people doing things, that interests me and it's fun. Commericials I'm not fond of either, but I think in order for us to be able to sale alot of things, and know about some items, the commericials come in handy.

I myself love TV, but I love more of the realistic shows like medical dramas and reality TV.
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[User Picture]From: rewhite
2006-07-03 07:14 pm (UTC)
Whose reality is on reality TV? I think it's some skewed and perverted concept of reality from Europe. (No offense to Europeans, of course, I just think your media gives ours some of its more screwy ideas.)
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[User Picture]From: allichaton
2006-07-03 04:23 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on who's watching, what they're watching, and how they're watching... For a good many people, I think what you said holds true. But, while I tend to have the TV on a lot, most of the time I've got it on as background noise, like playing music, while I do other stuff. And 95% of the time, I'm watching either the Discovery Channel or National Geographic, and shows that are actually teaching me something, not just slapstick comedy or whatever.
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[User Picture]From: sweetobsession_
2006-07-03 07:59 pm (UTC)
I like the way you've formed an opinion and argue for it. Seems like you have talent for writing :)

The topic itself..well I think that not everything is as black and white. I agree TV is harmful but it's also a form of entertainment, we just shouldn't go overboard with it. Statistics show that people watch much more TV in the US than in Europe. But then again, I can tell you that we in Europe don't have all the good television like you guys. We buy all your shows, and since it costs money, the type of shows that come here are limited. The ones bought are probably of the best quality and most popular, to guarantee enough ratings. But then again, I can't compare so who knows?
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