I don't know why this came to mind, but it seems to me that what we watch on television says something about us as individuals.

Of course, there are plenty of factors that enter into the equation. People with little to do, such as the elderly or the unemployed, often watch shows they really don't like very well, just for something to do. I visited someone in a nursing home recently who was watching one of those Disney Channel teeny-bopper shows about junior high school angst. I know she didn't really care, but it was bright and lively, the opposite of the real world around her. And time is a factor, too. Those who work miss a chunk of the TV day, though I've known women who tape their "stories" so they don't miss a minute of soap opera action. I've also known people who hurry out of a meeting or other event so they don't miss the beginning of some show like BURN NOTICE or AMERICAN IDOL. I can't say that I've ever cared that much about anyone else's adventures, real or unreal.

Then there are the people who turn up their noses and say, "I don't watch T.V." Maybe they don't; I would never call them liars. It just seems like as the conversation proceeds, they know a lot about what's on and who is who.

Think about what you watch when you have the time, the inclination, and the power or choice (when your S.O. isn't holding the remote). What do you choose to watch, and what does that say about you? No answers here, but I really like the question.

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Comment by Kemosabe on April 15, 2010 at 1:36am
I watch very little television. I like the crime shows but being slightly hearing impaired it's irritating to miss some of the dialogue. I like renting my TV shows from netflix where most have English subtitles. Speaking of the Tudors I've watched seasons one and two and loved them.
Comment by Peg Herring on April 13, 2010 at 12:51am
Now you're getting into my era!
Comment by Jack Getze on April 12, 2010 at 11:34pm
Watched the new season of The Tudors last night. Good stuff.
Comment by Dana King on April 12, 2010 at 6:28am
I watch sports and DVDs on my TV. The only current network program I watch is Justified, and I love it.
Comment by Jack Getze on April 12, 2010 at 3:32am
PBS from Philly or Newark. Probablh both at some time during the week.
Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on April 12, 2010 at 3:02am
Jack, where do you get Miss Marple? I haven't seen that show in years.
Comment by John McFetridge on April 11, 2010 at 5:02am
Tuesday's episode of The Good Wife was an excellent court room drama with a very surprising but plausible ending. It was the kind of ting that could probably never be done with a novel, but as the ending to one episode out of a whole season the show could take that risk.

There's a lot of really good writing being done for TV these days, but I guess McLuhan was right and we're more concerned with the medium rather than the message.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on April 11, 2010 at 2:26am
There are only a few things I watch on TV. Fringe is the first thing on the list. By far the best TV show out there, in my opinion. To be honest, I'm getting really tired watching fantasy CSI shows. If science was that accurate, there would be no criminals standing.
Comment by Peg Herring on April 11, 2010 at 1:13am
I'm always asking myself why I sit there watching whatever, but I tell myself it's a) research (all those detective show reruns) or b) it's percolation time for my brain, so when I get back to writing, all those kinks will be all worked out.
Comment by Jack Getze on April 11, 2010 at 1:06am
Last night I was watching MIss Marple at 1 o'clock in the morning. I wanted to go to bed but I couldn't until I found out who did it -- was I right? I figured it was the husband who tried to frame the wife, but I wasn't sure about that housekeeper. Yawn. I was right .....

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