TFG1MIKE 365 – 2019 Day 17
TV Rots Your Brains!
Hello all and welcome to a NEW Daily Blog series from me… TFG1Mike! The idea here is for me to write something, anything, once a day for 365 days. From January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019. In my 17th entry, I’ll be talking about whether or not TV ROTS YOUR BRAINS!
I have to disagree with Mrs. Sturak! As a kid in the 80s, I read books all the time, I even read certain sections of the newspaper. YES beside the funny pages and sports section. Without the education Television gave me as a kid, I don’t know what kind of person I would be today. I used to watch the local and national news all the time, but these days… it’s too damn depressing. With the way the world has turned out to this point, I’d rather filter my news online, and be informed that way, versus watching TV News.
As a kid, what shaped who I was depended on the entertainment I was shown on television. From cartoons, comedies, action shows, and so much more. My Mom let me watch pretty much anything on TV, and even though I did play outside at least once a day, I was more of a TV brat than anything else. My watching habits as a kid included my top 3 action based tv series… those being Knight Rider, Airwolf, and The A-Team! I also grew up learning lessons on The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Night Court, and more. Let me just state, I’m not mentioning The Cosby Show, in order to talk about what a monster Bill Cosby turned out to be. I’m mentioning it because as a kid, I knew nothing of who Cosby really was, none of us knew. I have always been able to separate the fictionalized worlds on television from real life. The fact is that tv show taught me lessons, and I’ll defend the writers, other cast members, and crew all the time. The Cosby Show and then later Full House taught us values, and about life. Shows such as Boy Meets World, Family Matters, and more gave us new and interesting family comedies, at the same time teach us even more life lessons as we grew up.
The sad thing is that what was funny back then, would be so politically correct today, that the joke would be lost to most. In today’s entertainment world, how we consume our tv is so much different than it was in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Comedy I guess has evolved, but I prefer the comedy of the time I grew up to most of the dick and fart jokes of the last 10-15 years.
Sesame Street, Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Ghost Writer, and more were my Edutainment programs. Although I am not sure if EDUTAINMENT was a term used back then. however Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, The Count, Bert, and Ernie… all taught me stuff as I was growing up. Fred Rogers on Mister Rogers Neighborhood also taught me many lessons. If I hadn’t watched these programs, I doubt I’d be the same person as I am today.
Cartoons were a huge influence on me, whether that was Looney Tunes or The Transformers. From Thundercats, He-Man, She-Ra, Voltron, and so many more… My childhood was filled with the awesomeness of the animated variety. The Disney Afternoon, TMNT, Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Marvel cartoons of the 90s, the DC Animated Universe, we really had the best cartoons from the olden days to about 2005.
On October 27th and November 8th, 2010 Kevin “OptimusSolo” Thompson launched THE TELE-CAST here on The GCRN! On September 17th, 2014 I launched REMOTE CONTROL, Tele-Cast was all about classic TV show talk, and Remote Control was and still is about modern TV Talk. I have no idea when The Tele-Cast will return, but I know there are plans! I watch TV, so I MUST Talk TV! Throughout my life, I watched TV for enjoyment, and now for the past 5 years or so… I’ve been watching and talking TV for even more enjoyment!
I don’t think too much TV is a bad thing, yes take everything in moderation, but without TV, where would society be today? The TV didn’t rot my brain, it gave me all the useless knowledge I have. I know not everyone is like me, and we wall watch different shows, there are plenty of shows I have zero interest in. However, I think that’s what makes being a TV so interesting. We all can bring something to the table!
Do you think TV Rots the Brain? Let me know in the comments below!
Join me tomorrow morning January 18, 2019, as I’ll be asking the question: “How Do People Do It? How do people get through life?!
“TV Didn’t Rot my Brain, it Enhanced it!” – TFG1Mike (2019)
“TV, we talk TV, do you Talk TV?” – Wreck-Gar
“I talk some TV, and now the news, don’t touch that dial!” – Kup
I think it can to some extent if nothing useful is becoming of it.
Meaning that if you’re sole focus is to coast through life on it or use it to prove someone wrong or be a know-it-all, then it’s a waste. It’s meant to be an enjoyment, an outlet, a relaxation tool.
That being said, it also desensitizes you to things. Such as violence, horrors, language, etc. Point in case, we don’t let our kids watch a lot of TV and so if something happens, the emotions hit all cylinders and they have a tough time with it. Same thing with Horror flicks that my wife and I used to watch. I never liked them but the two of us cannot watch them at all now or it freaks us out because we’re re-sensitized to it.
I get to not be overly critical of it but you also have to find the balance or it becomes an overload instead of a fun relaxation tool.
Well then according to you, I have failed at life. Because I use TV to prove my points all the time, not necessarily prove someone wrong, and yes it has turned me into a know it all. LOL
I thinkafter Columbine and 9-11… I was already desensitized to things going on in the world. Too much evil, bad things, horrors happen. As I said in the post, it’s why I don’t watch the news on TV anymore, it just depresses me so much.
I think the internet is the “tool” that is rotting our brains now, as you said use TV as a relaxation tool…. when stuff gets too crazy on the net, I know I can go watch something on TV, and be relaxed. I’m entertained with everything I watch, whether tv shows, films, etc…. I watched several horror films as a kid, my Mom let me, and I just stay away from the genre now. I get it people like being scared, I don’t! LOL!
Thanks for reading and commenting!!
LOL wasn’t saying you failed at life but you do have a balance now. I used TV/Film/Superheroes as an escape from my childhood due to divorce and other issues with being bullied. So it definitely helped me along too, I’ve just moved beyond some of it as it becomes infused with political leanings instead of critical thinking points as it did in the past.
See I AVOID all political TV stuff, whether actual politics, or shows trying to be political. BOOM! TV can be enjoyed!