Before you all think I love watching television, here’s a news flash: My place doesn’t even have cable.
And whenever I go into a house that does (in my case, it’s usually my aunts’), half the time I see people watching shows I either really don’t care for (e.g. American Idol, The Amazing Race) or actually despise (e.g. Spongebob Squarepants, Family Guy, the many stupid Spanish and Filipino soap dramas that my poor, 80-year-old grandmother watches).
So why am I suddenly defending television?
It’s simple. It’s because I don’t lump the tens and hundreds of other television programs found all over the world into a simple-minded category. I should know. I may not technically have cable but thanks to the internet, I’ve seen episodes of shows from three different countries (US, Philippines, and Japan).
Just because I see some (or even a LOT) of shows I don’t like, doesn’t meant it’s a reason for me to jump on the “OMG!!! TV is a tool of Satan!” bandwagon.
Is anyone else tired of this trend among Christians? I don’t know. Maybe this might all be because I’m part of the minority of CAF who is from a different country, but I really can’t understand this tendency to generalize tv programming.
In fact, do people even realize that the device itself is just a part of the whole thing? I wonder if folks would understand once they try living with a TV that doesn’t have cable yet still manages to get itself used regularly via local news, movie/karaoke night, and of course video games.
Speaking of which, let’s try the reverse. What difference does the noble, pious act of getting rid of the TV make… when you watch the same shows on your computer? Seriously what’s the difference? At best, all you’ve done is get rid of commercials and given yourself an easier time selecting whatever it is you wanna watch. I actually hear there’s this new thing called internet TV now where techno giants are making units that connect directly to the internet.
Now that I think about it, can these people even define the “TV” they speak of when they get on their religious soap box? If you ask me, it sounds pretty inconsistent with reality.
To finish my rant, I’m going to try and lighten things up and invite those who sympathize with me to cite television programs/channels that they DO like. These can range from series, cartoons, and reality shows, to talk shows, news networks, and movie channels. In fact, you can even put shows that are not even there anymore (I myself, despite my young age, love watching The Three Stooges. :p).