Why You Should Watch TV

February 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

“We live our lives through media – people spend around 5-7 hours a day watching TV. It’s a place where we learn who we are, and who we are with. We figure out what’s important to us. On the one hand, it’s easy to trivialise TV, because it’s part of this corporate structure and we know that the programmes are just there to sell us the advertisements, but on the other hand, for better or worse, it is the place where many of our basic core symbols are enacted, and where we really think about what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.”

Diane Winston is the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the University of Southern California. In this fascinating conversation on my new favourite podcast ‘On Being‘ (h/t Vanessa Reid), she discusses monsters, myths and religion in TV. Unexpectedly interesting listening!

§ One Response to Why You Should Watch TV

  • Gav says:

    “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful.”
    Edward Murrow, 1958.

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