Recently, I had a conversation with a woman I know. She’s thoughtful and an all around smart person. She is also quite nice. Our topic was trash TV. From her vantage point, TV itself is mostly trash; a waste of time that would be better spent doing almost anything else.
She was bemoaning her husband’s relationship to television: they’re committed. He is faithful to that relationship, and she thinks he’s obsessed. During our talk, I was empathic and offered insight into his behavior. What I did not do was share just how much television I watch. Let’s just call it “a lot,” and I assure you that would be a true description by anyone’s standards.
Is there a shame sandwich I should be eating? I just don’t feel it. I guess I’m a child of the 50’s (which – for those who don’t know – is when TV started to become something that consumed attention).
In my own defense (and, yes, I must be somewhat defensive) – I do things very fast. No. Really fast. So, whatever is on my to-do list gets done pronto. It leaves me with a lot of down time. I’ve written five books and I maintain this blog, but – still… I have a surfeit of unmandated hours. And, I do think the quality and variety of television continues to expand.
My interests range from the truly trash (I can’t wait for The Housewives of New Jersey to return) to the microscopic evisceration of everything political. We (my partner in crime joins me for this) can watch an entire evening of analysis of caucuses and primaries and relative gains and losses in the run-up to the presidential election. Ah, delegate counts and polls! Love them.
I can also always enjoy any series about OJ. I was there for the real-time extravaganza, and I am delighted to revisit it in the current docudrama. I can get hooked on great fictional drama: Mr. Selfridge, Downton Abbey, or on any number of talent shows: American Idol, America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway.
I must confess that when I go on vacation, I have a bit of withdrawal – and I don’t totally give up the TV drug. But, I’m sure I could live without my media fix. I just don’t really want to.