Recently, Megan and I finished watching the last season of 24. If you’re not familiar with this television program, let me sum up the general plot for you.
There’s bad guys who want to bomb something (or somehow kill a lot of people). There’s Jack Bauer who works with/for/or against Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU), depending on government morality. CTU has a terrible human resources department.
Jack will also usually torture, or at least be tortured once per season. Chloe O’Brien, Jack’s right-hand helper, somehow manages to stay alive throughout the series. There’s usually a storyline revolving around a US President. Everyone else dies. Jack always wins. Events occur in real time.
So I’m done with the series. I’d love to take a whole day to break down all the psychological, philosophical, and political issues I came across watching 24.
But the show ended in 2010, and I think everyone is pretty much over it. (Anyone want to talk about Heat?)
Instead, I’ve been thinking about my brain. And my eyeballs. Geez. That’s a lot of TV. What have I done to my cortex?
Eight days. I’ve spent “literally” eight days of my life on one television show.
That’s just one show! Do you know how many LOST marathons I’ve been apart of? Or how about The X-Files? (God, I love The X-Files.) As a child, The Simpsons re-runs were more of a certainty than dinner ever was.
My point is this: I’ve watched a lot of TV. If you’re anything like me (an American with a lot of time to kill), then I’m sure you’ve done the same.
Three Quick Reflections
(for people like me, who watch a lot of TV)
1. We are the first civilization that doesn’t have to go outside if we don’t want to. We’ve taken our eyes off of reality and have fixed them on to fiction. What about reality? Does the environment suffer when we keep it at such a far distance?
2. We are probably meant to do greater things. The other day, we left the house to get a break from TV. I didn’t realize this until later, but it seems really backwards. Does TV keep you from living your life? Has TV become your life?
3. Comfort can be a drug. 24 wasn’t great because of the writing (lord knows that’s true), but as a viewer, I could tune in and tune out for one-three hours. I’ve never been addicted to drugs, but I’m starting to think twice about me and TV.
I’d love to hear your feedback! Have you ever struggled with TV? How about time wasted surfing the internet? Any advice for me? I’d love to hear solutions towards a balanced approach. Anyone want to talk 24? (:-)
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