Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Curse of the Idiot Box

This strip stabs me harder than you'd think. I seriously wish I could do something to rescue children who have been captured for what seems like forever in the sticky, useless and miserable web called Television. I know generalizations are not good for the world. TV does have its merits (Think Nat Geo, Animal Planet, Discovery, Music, Dance, Sports, Humor etc) but it, unarguably, has caused more harm than good. 


By Bill Watterson - Link


Consider this: Most channels, most of the time, air absolutely meaningless programs, serials, shows and movies. 9 out of 10 times, people watch a meaningless program rather than one that is 'nice', useful or thought-provoking. It distracts us - actually tears us away - from a lot of important and even essential chores. Parents neglect their responsibilities and children in their attempt to catch up with TV. Children neglect (and stay unaware of) the 'real' world, their studies, their friendships and what not because of their fascination for TV. Families fight over the remote constantly. House wives after being fed on a constant diet of horrible and infuriating characters through soaps and serials are subconsciously influenced to assume everyone around them are similar to these characters - or worse, they themselves begin to behave like that. Many research programs have proved beyond doubt that watching TV causes ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)....and God knows what else. Finally, I personally believe TV is one of the key reasons why most of us today are unable to enjoy 'silence' (apart from nature). An occasional humorous program for the family, a program that helps the children learn something new, a program that brings good music home etc are fine. It's up to us to draw a firm and thick line and keep ourselves from falling into this meaningless audio and video whirlpool.  

6 comments:

frederic said...

Really it is nice blog yaar.....You are a variety personality........I like it..........

wake_up_then_walk said...

hey nimmy,

Just woke up from a hibernation of over an year....just mildly active on the blog, but hope to cover space in the coming days.
Your blog is going great guns, just wanted to give you a feedback on the response time, it's become a bit slow because of the heavy content. Check if you have any workaround.
regards
Rakesh

Nimmy said...

Rakeshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! *Scream* :-D Trust me. I am like mega mega mega thrilled to hear from you again. :-)) There are probably a handful of souls that I have met via my blog whose acquaintance I thank the Almighty for and you are one among those. People who come across as genuine, thoughtful, wise, interesting etc. :-) Where on Earth (or other planets) were you? Studying at XLRI (just saw that blog)?

Please, for God's sake, stay online now that you are here. Meanwhile, I'll look into this bloggy fella and find out if he can go on a diet. :-)

wake_up_then_walk said...

Yes, doing one of those satellite courses to remove the stigma of not having a business degree. Wow, your reaction was spontaneous and thrills me no end to find that there is a soul out there that connects.
...looks like this time at least i'll not vanish, got into a new job last year, took some time to settle down and all that..
do read "Souls and Bodies" from the recent ones that i wrote

Nimmy said...

:-) hahhaaa, good move! I guess it definitely helps. :-) Wish you all the very best in your new job! Will catch up with your post ASAP!

Anonymous said...

Hi, very interesting post, greetings from Greece!