Whether you like it or not, TV is a part of our lives and it is not going away. I happen to be one of those people who loves TV. Based on my actions alone, it is something that I value. It isn’t the only thing that I value, and it isn’t my most important value. But if values are things that we spend our time doing, than TV is a value of mine.
However, as I have said before, TV isn’t always valuable. There is a lot of garbage that clutters the airwaves and a lot of it should be removed. Granted what I think is garbage some of you might think is great. And I am sure that what I think is great you might deem as garbage.
If find this to be the case with many TV commentaries out there. Most of your TV commentaries are really just paparazzi with moving pictures and add no value to that which has little value in the first place.
For better commentary on TV, one needs to turn to newspaper. But then you often find that such commentators are just as obsessed with decaying our societal values. While as a general rule I think that Scott Pierce (see his latest column) knows a well produced show from a pathetic attempt at entertainment. He completely misses the boat on it’s moral implications for our society. Especially since he serves Utah, one would think that he might be more sensitive to our thoughts about media.
One example is his desperate attempt to make ‘Desperate Housewives’ seem like only a minor infraction in the grand scheme of things. When he should be (in my opinion) be explaining how such shows have lead to the decay of our society.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not calling for government controls of such things. I think that would be worse than having the stuff on the air.
What I really think needs to happen is for people to push for a change. So, if government isn’t going to do it (and it shouldn’t) then how are we going to enforce change?
Beyond the simple and yet obvious answer of don’t watch it. I have been thinking that there needs to be a better way.
We need a Michael Medved for TV. Medved has been courageous enough to take a stand against the pernicious porn that parades as cinema and called for change. It hasn’t served his career as a movie critic well, but it has served him in his life well.
With that I have been toying with the idea of putting together a site that addresses TV for the national audience. I would be commenting on the good, tearing down the bad, educating the public, and hopefully pushing TV back in the direction is should be.
However, I have avoided doing so, because it would probably lead to less writing here, and you are all starved as it is for my musings. I could bring it here, but I don’t think that it is the nature of the title and direction I have for this site to really go into TV.
So, for now, I have a temporary solution. This week (and maybe through out the sweeps month of May), I hope to put together a few thoughts on some of my favorite (and maybe a few not-so-favorite) shows. Hopefully I will get you to watch some of the good shows, and hopefully it will solidify my love for them as well. And if my wife were writing, she would hope that it cured me of my addiction and get me to turn off the tube.
Anyway, this is a very long introduction in what hopes to be a fun week of writing.