[ExI] [wta-talk] LA Times: Unlimited space for untold sorrow

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Thu Feb 7 05:21:45 UTC 2008

On Feb 6, 2008, at 7:44 AM, Jef Allbright wrote:

> I like to watch The Simpsons and House.  By the way, the House episode
> last night struck me as the most intelligent (deeply and subtly
> nuanced) TV show I have ever seen!
> In general though, I don't watch TV because (1) material pandering to
> sensationalism and lowest common denominator interests is immensely
> boring, (2) the blatant misrepresentation, falsification and
> manipulation -- and what that implies about the target audience -- is
> hugely discouraging, and (3) when there *is* something of value to
> watch, it's frustratingly slow and stuck in a linear track -- I can
> usually find much better on the web.

TV largely depresses me.  It leads me to think rather poorly of the  
human race.  There are exceptions.  I like some SciFi shows.  I like  
some of the Science and History channel except that they repeat every  
single point over and over again as if they think they can get a few  
factoids into the head of channel hopping maniacs on crystal meth.    
So even many of their shows leaves me feeling like my head is going to  
explode from serious intellectual under pressure.   I almost never  
ever find anything remotely inspiring or uplifting on the Tube.   It  
is amazing just how lacking in any real value it largely is.  I can  
find tons more worth reading and increasingly watching on the Web.   I  
think the days of TV are numbered.

- samantha

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