Posted by: joha5 | April 10, 2010

Terrible Television

I really hate what I watch on television.  I have this terrible aversion to any kind of series and as a result I find that I can really only ever watch reality television, talk shows, or the news.  It’s awful.  I guess I have commitment issues or something because I just really hate investing my time into a television series unless I know that I am going to like it.  All of my friends tell me to watch things like Grey’s Anatomy, 24, Lost, Brothers & Sisters, or what have you and I just can’t bring myself to do it.  Maybe I would like them if I gave them the time but I think therein lies the problem. 

It isn’t like I am super busy and laden with the pressures of the world at the moment but I just feel like if I start watching a series then I need to watch it to its completion or else there is no reason to sit and watch it.  Watching it is the other problem.  I hate the notion that I have an hour or two already booked every week to watch some stupid television show.  I know that there is Tevo or DVR  or Hulu now and whatever but I am so thankful that I don’t have these things (save for Hulu for obvious reasons) because if I did I really would have no excuse not to watch all of these shows.  This means that if I want to watch a show I actually have to be in front of the television every week at a certain time and I hate that.  I fear that if I was to start watching a series that I would be beholden to the TV and that is absolutely the last thing that I want.

As a result, I am left with some really terrible choices for TV shows.  While I like reality television because it doesn’t really matter if you miss an episode, they are all pretty much the same.  I hate watching people live their lives when I know that I should be out living mine.  To make it even worse, most of these people on reality TV are rich and spoiled and just have no sense of the world.  I mean, it can be quite fun to be voyeuristic and watch people struggle to navigate the world in some of these shows and I guess that is why I watch them but I still hate the fact that I do.  I have been watching this show called ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ today and I am so angry with myself that I have wasted my time doing it.  I don’t know what these people offer the world, much less me, and I don’t understand why they have their own show or where all of their damn money comes from.  The sad thing is that I just can’t seem to turn it off.  I want to and I skipped around all of the different channels to find something – anything – but nothing else is grabbing my attention like this is for some reason.  I just feel dirty sitting at home and watching all of this terribleness but I can’t stop it. 

Maybe psychologically I harbor some deep-rooted desire to be rich and famous and to not have a care in the world or something.  Whatever the reason is, one thing is for sure: I am not watching it because these people are interesting.  There is nothing interesting about watching people with silver spoons in their mouth’s receive every kind of advantage in life on top of what they already have.  It is gratuitous and depressing to watch…but I just can’t stop.  I think I need a break.  I think it is time for a swim.  Yeah, that’s it.  I need to get out of the house and I need to do it now to purge myself of this dirty feeling that television has given me today.  I just better make sure that I am back by 8pm.  That new show is coming on that I really want to watch.

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