I have a confession. I don’t really watch TV. There’s a variety of reasons for this – but the main ones are that I don’t like to sit still for any length of time and that I have better things to do. I have this problem with movies as well – I just can’t sit there and not do something else. It drives the Landsquid crazy.
I can occasionally pull up the motivation to follow a TV series (usually some scifi-related – the last two series were FlashForward and Warehouse 13 – oh, and Sherlock. Mmm, Sherlock ?) but most of the time I just can’t be bothered.
There is one exception. Mythbusters.
I am in love with Mythbusters. ? Science! And explosions! They get up to the oddest stuff and I adore them and everything they do. Have you seen the episode where they vaporize the car with the rocket sled? Best thing I’ve EVER seen in my LIFE.
I swear there is a point to this entry.
I will watch hours of Mythbusters. So why am I willing to watch it more than a scripted television show?
I have Theories. One is that I tend to be able to do something else at the same time and still be able to keep track of the show. Two is that I am Learning. Three is that there is SCIENCE.
I love stories. TV contains stories, but unlike a book or a game, it’s not interactive. (Although I admit I yell at characters during horror movies.) And more important than the story is the act of getting there. A television show will go on whether you’re paying attention or not. You have no control. With a book or game, nothing happens until you make it happen.
If you watch TV, what draws you to it?
(Also, it does not escape me that I have twisted a Simpsons quote for my title.)