My Photo
Blog powered by Typepad

Become a Fan

« Cars versus Trains update | Main | Massachusetts health plan great news »


Anne Coppenhaver

And there are many "hangovers" from those days for some of us boomer's that were reinforced by TV "back then" including stereotypes of the roles of women and men, and ideas such as the only people worth paying attention to are white, middle class (at least) and conventional. After all, that was what you saw on TV ... the box that purported to show us "the world." So, for all it's mindlessness, at least today I can choose to watch BBC news, a discussion of the Gospel of Judas, or how to get fit in my living room ... if I choose. Those were not choices that I could make "back then." But the most interesting development in our TV watching (and in my house we watch more because of it) is the digital recorder. Now, I can easily refuse to watch ANY show until I want to, without commercial interruption (fast forwarding), and stopping for however long a break I wish to make, whenever I want to make it. The DVR helps to make that transition for me of a "push" technology being (somewhat) transformed into something that I "pull." In fact, with the DVR, I set up to record "all episodes" or one, saving it "until I erase" or until the next episode ... I decide. What will they think of next?

Terry Newman

I think we were less sophisticated in those days, and certainly didn't have access to as much information as we could glean from watching TV so I think we thought it was good TV. And after a long day of math, science, etc., it was definitely good to sit down and watch an episode of "Gidget" and see what Moon-Doggie was doing.

Daniel Bednar

How, exactly, are we choosing to define "better?" Having just finished the book _Everything Bad is Good for You_, I'm in favor of the theory that TV has actually improved, at least in helping us in our problem-solving abilities. As for not watching as much TV today, well, isn't that also part of the Nine Shift phenomenon? TV is "push" entertainment, while the Internet is "pull" entertainment.

Graham Wegner

I think TV was the only thing back then. The ratio of crud to quality probably hasn't changed too much.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)