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I think I'm being influenced by reading too much Jacob Clifton recently*. Two quotes:

If you don't swallow your TV and digest it and taste it with your salty and sweet and bitter and whatever parts of your tongue, it doesn't matter what you watch. Two hours of Big Brother is equal to sixteen hours of the History Channel or a single episode of Laguna Beach, if you look at it right. If you want to see war strategy in action. Whether it's the nightly news or a sci-fi show, a show is not brainless if you engage with it; the quality of the entertainment is always directly dependent on the quality of the viewer, how much you are willing to risk in engagement. It's about intimacy, interaction, the quality of how you choose to spend your time, and what you do with the information. It's about intimacy.

If anybody tells you anything along these lines? That they know more than you, and that gives them power. Or that they created you, so they own you. Or that you should listen to them and not question it. Or that you don't have a duty to investigate the real truth about everything you put in your body -- whether it's through your mouth or your eyes or your ears -- and see how it tastes to you. And hold yourself up against whatever they tell you, and see if it feels right or if you want to know more than they're telling you ... the best policy is to disobey. Always. Even if it's just in your heart, even if it's just that second long enough to make sure.

* I'm kidding. There's no such thing as too much Jacob.


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Jul. 17th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
the quality of the entertainment is always directly dependent on the quality of the viewer...

I really want to believe this, it's so optimistic.
Jul. 17th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
It's a bit exaggerated, but I think it's mostly true. I get more out of Doctor Who than out of, I dunno, Dickens, because I spend so much more time discussing and analysing and chasing up all the references. And we know better than most how it's possible to watch a TV programme and be able to remember absolutely nothing about it a day later.
Jul. 18th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
Well that makes me feel a lot better about my sick obsession with The Hills on MTV ;)
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