I love television. Not only does this tool inform the masses, it inspires and educates. But over the past decades it seems that television has shifted considerably to appease viewers.
There was a time when families would gather around their bunny-eared set and watch the news (which was only on once or twice a day) or an I Love Lucy episode. I would really enjoy witnessing a hoop-skirted ponytail wearing Rydell High senior watch today’s tv. Can you imagine? “What’s the real world, and why are those girls kissing people they don’t know?”
This simpler time kept tv as a tool, not a way of life. Whereas today we utilize tv not only for entertainment, but to inspire recipes for dinner or how to DIY a home project. Some may argue that tv users today are lazy.
However, it is the medium of television that brings the world into our homes and our homes into the world.
Today, companies like Netflix and Hulu allow users to access tv from mobile devices and computers. Tv is anywhere at anytime. I often find myself watching an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories on my phone between classes, but somehow manage to end up back on the Food Network at home just in time to be inspired for dinner.
As long as users recognize that tv is a tool, and not a way of life than this medium will continue to enhance lives. So please watch responsibly, and do not become lost in the boob tube.