I follow several writers on twitter and noticed one of them consistently tweets about television. Every night the writer tweets about some reality show they are watching or repeats a line from a sit com. I’d not think much of it except the writer I am thinking of is exceptionally talented and I wondered to myself if this weren’t a brain as able as Flannery O’Connor or Ernest Hemmingway, sitting on the couch, destined to release book after book of half-developed ideas. In other words, I wondered if this writer weren’t great soil being used to plant “just okay” seed. I wondered this while I was sitting on the couch, watching television. It was enough to make me stand up and turn the thing off.
No culture in history has been more distracted. If you are wondering why there are no more C.S. Lewis’ in the world, no more stories as good as Tolkien’s, no cathedrals as great as the gothic’s, no music as moving as Pachelbel’s, it may be because the writers of these books, the tellers of these stories, the architects of these buildings and the composers of these symphonies are sitting on their couches watching television. I wonder what’s on tonight.
I’ve wondered the same thing. Though I can say I don’t have cable and therefore don’t watch too much TV, I’ll admit to the internet and my computer doing the exact same thing.
We’re a generation of get-entertained-quick. Less producing, more consuming.
I agree. We don’t have cable but we do watch plenty of tv shows on Netflix. It’s also part of the reason why I got off Facebook b/c it was an unnecessary distraction. I’ve been considering packing away my gaming systems for a while to see what I do to replace that time. Not sure when I’ll take that step…
And I agree, but I don’t think he meant what I think he meant.
I think what Gordon is trying to say here is that not being on Facebook means you’re somehow dated. That you’re out of the loop. Here, I disagree.
By comparing Facebook to Television, Gordon is saying that Facebook is ubiquitous and fundamental to our cultural landscape. Maybe it is. But I sure hope not.
I’m not on Facebook. I used to be, but it stopped adding value. So I quit. And I don’t regret it at all.
I also don’t have cable for my TV. I have a TV, a big one, but I don’t have “TV” the way that most people think of it—cable, with programming and live sports, etc. Why don’t I have cable? For the same reason I don’t have Facebook: it stopped adding value. Or, at least, value sufficient to justify its cost.
So, I guess what I’m getting at is this: If “I’m not on Facebook” is the new “I don’t have a TV,” it’s because both are acknowledgements that having the option to do something doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to do it. Just because “everyone” is on Facebook, or watches cable TV, doesn’t mean you should.
I mean, think about it: TV is widely credited as having a negative influence on our society, and on children in particular. Perhaps not unlike Facebook.
I don’t understand how nearly after a year the iPad was released no one else has managed to build some other OS specifically for a tablet. There is still only a desktop-tablet (Microsoft) or the phone-tablet (Android). I’ve heard some rumors of Microsoft working on a lighter OS but it’s still a couple years out. Did it take this long of a response for the first iPhone?