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February 4th, 2002

has american culture really changed?

From a NY Times article on those trashy new "torture" game shows like Fear Factor and The Chair:

What the games share is the sense that something dangerous or grotesque is being safely distanced and defused as entertainment. What viewers seem hungry for is not violence itself but the vicarious assurance that they can survive it, an assurance that is especially valuable in our newly threatened world.


I find it a little disturbing that the Zeitgeist of society's reaction to home-soil terrorism and war gets discussed as a part of why it is that certain TV shows are popular. Seems like, well, that it should be more important than that, somehow.

On a related note, does anyone else find the continually-airing loving tributes to the architecture and engineering of the World Trade Center, and the science-nerd-intellectual programs discussing in great detail exactly how the structure failed and why, a little fatuous?

oops

I think I may have just really upset someone.

I'm sorry hon.

i wonder...

Would getting a TiVo make me watch

MORE TV, because it would be storing up a lot of things I would otherwise be unable to watch? or

LESS TV, because it would allow me to more efficiently block time for TV-watching, and let me pick what I really am interested in without having to resort to that aimless channel surfing to "things that I don't really want to watch, but I feel like watching TV, so this'll do" thing.

That and I'm torn between getting what sure seems to be really excellent and useful technology, and being mindlessly acquisitive because everyone else has one.

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