Although I watch a lot of TV, it isn’t too often that I’m so compelled by something I’ve watched that I feel the need to share it. However, when I was watching America’s Got Talent this week, I absolutely fell in love with Aerial Animation and wanted to share what I loved. So creative!
I know that I watch a lot of TV. I usually have it on in the background most of the day. But I’m not quite sure how much is “a lot” so I thought I’d track what I watch for a week.
Here’s what I’ve watched since last Sunday afternoon:
- Once Upon a Time
- Protecting Our Children
- Cold Case Files
- Glam Fairy
- BBC1’s Prisoner’s Wives (actually quite a good drama)
- Celebrity Wife Swap (that’s an embarrassing one to add to the list!)
- Snake Man of Appalachia (also a bit embarrassing, right?)
- The Good Wife
- Law and Order Criminal Intent
- Law and Order UK
- Private Practice
- Gray’s Anatomy
- American Idol
- The Firm
- Fashion Fund
- A National Geographic Show on Wild Seahorses (see I actually do watch some educational stuff too!)
- Teen Mom 2 (I’ll admit that I actually really adore this show even though I realize how trashy it is)
- Confessions: Animal Hoarding
- Ally McBeal
- Kitchen Nightmares
The first week of my +EW42W- project has kicked off with a goal of not watching TV for two weeks. I have discovered that this is even more challenging than I expected. In fact, I think I may have an actual addiction to television watching.
The first day of the challenge was Sunday. I had decided that the rule would be that I could watch one movie and nothing else and I knew that needed to be at the end of the day or I’d get sucked in and not be able to stop watching. The morning part wasn’t too challenging. I do sometimes work in the mornings without the TV on. I put on my Pandora radio while I worked and that was fine. By the afternoon, however, my mind was totally reeling. I’m going through a bunch of stuff right now and my mind just felt nutty with thoughts that weren’t drowned out by the background noise of the television.
But this is the point – to get to a healthier emotional place in life by working through the tough stuff. So P did persevere through. Made some phone calls to family for distraction. Did some other online work that I could get engrossed in. And eventually it was about nine pm and I went to go crochet while watching my movie. I learned that I have a terrible time trying to pick a movie. I basically watch the same types of TV shows over and over so no major decisions need to be made to find new ones. But movies are different. What type of movies do I like? It’s time to learn!
I put on “On the Outs” because it was a Netflix recommendation. As soon as I did, though, I realized that I think I’ve seen it before or seen part of it before. And I didn’t want to watch something I might have seen before. So I tried to find something else and ended up defaulting to a common favorite of mine, which is biographical documentaries or docudramas about artists. I chose Kurt & Courtney. I’m not a huge Nirvana or Hole fan (not that I don’t like them, I’m just kind of indifferent, really) and I was slightly young to feel the impact of Cobain’s death that many felt when it happened. Nevertheless, I am totally drawn to stories about people’s relationships as well as stories about the tortured artist genius so this fit the bill.
The documentary, honestly, is kind of weird. It poses some possible theories about Kobain’s death (namely that some people believe Love murdered him) and then basically concludes that the theories are not correct but that leaves you with the sense that the storyline itself is kind of pointless. And two things irked me about following the documentarian along on his journey:
- Almost everyone he interviewed looked completely stoned and out of it and did not make a good interviewee.
- His questions seemed incredibly leading.
If I have any sort of addiction then it is probably an addiction to television crime shows. I like almost all of them and will watch pretty much any of them if I can get my hands on a whole season’s worth of shows at once.
Mostly I think that this addiction is a negative thing. I make myself paranoid about crime and have to remind myself that these shows don’t depict the real statistics of crime in my area. I waste a lot of time that could be spent on better endeavors than watching TV.
But every once in awhile, I think that I learn things from these shows. From watching these shows, I’ve gained a pretty accurate understanding of a lot of modern crime issues including the controversy of the national DNA database, the tough issues surrounding how to deal with transgender people in the prison system and the emotional side of being someone who fights crime.
I do think that TV is generally bad for you in big doses but also think that it can be watched in moderation as an educational tool. Now I just need to learn how to do that moderation thing!