Would You Watch Someone Watch TV?

We would probably find it incredibly boring to tune in to people tuning in.

A person watching TV is often enough expressionless, usually sedate, and – at the end of the day – doing nothing unusual or noteworthy. They are the most boring possible character for a TV show.

We watch TV to watch interesting people doing interesting things: humanitarians, mountain climbers, sailors, businesspeople, cowboys. We watch people *do* things. If these people watch TV, we don’t generally see it in the TV shows about them.

The people who write for these shows understand: time spent watching the TV is uninteresting time. What does thdfat say about those of us who watch TV regularly?

Clearly we’re compelled by the stories of interesting lives – lives played out away from TV, video games, and “entertainment.” Movies and TV help to satiate that desire, but they tend in almost all cases to bring us further away from interesting lives of our own.

I’m not saying there isn’t a place in a good day for the hearing and viewing of good stories. What I am saying is that there had better be a pretty compelling story in my day before I tune in to someone else’s.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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