Interesting topic, isn’t it?
I am sure all of us watch TV on a daily basis… Dont we?
Some of the people I know, don’t.. and neither do I! At least, not on a daily or weekly basis.
Why? Well… Long story, but to cut it short, we have only one TV in our house, so usually I dont get the remote in my hands…! Yes, that’s true but not the only reason… Frankly, I don’t watch TV because i think most of it is a waste of time!
I know that is a huge claim I am making.. But this is my blog, isn’t it? hahah… kidding.
Now you will start off by saying, not everything on TV is a waste of time…That IS true…
However, how many of us watch our favorite program on TV and then leave the room or turn it off?
If you do, then hats off to you! I am impressed!
The problem with it is that its very addictive…
Since we have now hundreds of channels to choose from .. To even surf and find the channel that one is interested in, takes much longer than it used to… (‘Used to’ as in PTV and much later STN! Two channels to choose from! Power of choice!)
Some of us watch it to keep up to date with the ‘news’… My two cents on this are: try and watch a news channel for 5 minutes every hour and you will realize that how fresh is the news. All of them keep repeating the same news, clips and even interviews that they showed 3-4 hours ago… Agree? If not then just try it…
New content is something that all of these channels seek, they want us to be glued to them so that they can earn their revenues in billions… AT OUR EXPENSE! If we don’t watch them, they wont make money!
Watch this brilliant video by Alisa Miller on www.TED.com throwing light on what the news media is all about!
Some of you must have heard of Google Alerts. It is a FREE service that Google provides. The idea is that you can request it for any number of keyword that you want to be updated on and Google Alerts will email you about anything happening IN THE WORD about that keyword. On a ‘as it happens’, daily or weekly basis, depending on your choice.
Try it, you won’t regret it.
So much for keeping ourselves informed!
Mobile alerts from some of the news channels is also useful to know what is happening around you.
Some of us watch it for the entertainment: Sure, by all means… only if you have a handle on it… I am not saying that after a hard days work one should NOT relax, chill out, be a couch potato….By all means!
But is there a time line? An hour? Two hours? Or as long as one you don’t doze off?
Some of us do it for the knowledge. The documentaries, intellectual discussions etc… Good, keep it up! But then, you’d rather do something that you feel passionate about. And if watching outstanding documentaries/discussions for hours is your passion, then by all means you should.
Another reason could be Spending Time With Family….
Farhad Karamally said this beautifully a while ago:
We have hours of quality time with the family every evening…WE WATCH ‘Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thhee’ TOGETHER! Hahaha…. get it?
Watching TV together? Family time? Something seems wrong here… isn’t it?
Did I mention Cartoon Network? Well, that’s the name my dear wife has give to the hundreds of talk shows airing on almost all channels which discuss politics or current affairs. They invite a lot guests and our elected representatives and ask them about where the country is going. Their answers would definitely give us an insight into their thinking process and love of the nation, however, don’t we already know them?
They also invite experts in every field asking them for their opinions on various subjects.
Its all good, but do you think an expert on a subject could actually predict as to what’s precisely going to happen? (Read The Black Swan… brilliant book about what people say and what actually happens.. The crach of 89 and other great stuff. A different worldview altogether)
If all the experts knew about everything then why do we have recessions and tsunamis and other things that could have been predicted and avoided but weren’t. Maybe some of the people saw these catastrophes coming, but no one listened to them coz they were either not popular or no one believed them!
Coming back to TV… Now what did I leave? News, entertainment, knowledge… Anyone else?
Yes… What happened to the lots of reality shows, serials, mini serials et al… How captivating, mesmerizing, interesting, elfy-ing! You bet! But then, what do we get out of them? Get entertained, but know when to draw the line… Stop, when done! Instead of going on and on… surfing.
We all are united on one thing:
WE DON’T HAVE……TIME and
NEED MORE TIME IN OUR HANDS!
The internet has changed the way we do things… Most of the stuff that we are interested in is available online… And we can watch, read, browse through it in our own time… At our own convenience…
Only if we could reduce the number of hours we sit front of the tube, we could do wonders with our time!
Spend it on things that are closer to your heart…Whatever happened to hobbies, past times, passion..
Taking care of our bodies, exercise? Reading? Pursuing life long learning? Following your dream?
There I go… I didn’t mean to do ‘bhashan’…. But….
DO think about what you are watching when you watch it!
At least Give it A THOUGHT!
Have a great life..
Dare to dream!