Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Couch Potato

It's really hard to write everyday. I feel like I'm going to say that a lot.

So I'm going to be here. I am listening to the Bachelor (yeah, the trashy (classy?) tv show where a bunch of women fight over the heart of an indecisive man). Train is playing. The dates are totally contrived. So are the interviews about the date, “I'm on cloud nine!”

The question that must be hanging in the air is “why? What the fuck are you thinking?”

Because I have a sick girlfriend in my bed. And she has me hooked on bad tv. Sure the show is bad; uneven and totally backwards for gender equality. It is great for just that reason. The whole show is about finding romance, but instead it's a rat race for a man's heart. Everyone is catty as hell and totally sure that they are in love. If any girl gets kicked off then they have just missed their one chance at love. During the dates they feel a strong connection they have never felt before and so has the guy...minus five minutes ago where he said the same thing about the last date. And then everyone gets drunk. It's great...but train wreck great.

The tragedy is that this kind of tv sells. Examples of trashy tv where people make money for ruining America: Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, anything on Fox.

I think I know why. Whenever Ciera travels she purchases a People and a Cosmopolitan (which is totally backwards for such a “forward” magazine). Whenever she is sick or has trouble sleeping she needs something mindless to watch—she pulls up all the trash tv. When Ben—well actually Ben watches Real Housewives for pleasure so I don't know what is going on there. When Claire wakes up hungover she pulls up NCIS—which was designed for housewives, if you ever sit and watch it straight through the cuts are nauseating—and zones out. America wants to zone out. The media is just supplying a demand.

Is that good? Is it bad?

It's certainly mindless...because media is tapping into our psychology more and more with mind-numbing entertainment we are becoming more complacent in how we take in information. Does it stop at the mindless tv shows or does it extend to how we choose to take in important information about the world? Should I be worried that there are 24 hour news channels that seldom run stories that last over 3 minutes?