Empty Days

Tuesday, April 12, 2005



Television.

It is hard to underestimate the stupefying effect that continuous tv-watching necessarily has on one's mind, soul, and imagination. The problem is that only a very conventional and generally narrow-minded outlook is permitted on tv - so that everything that is shown is actually all part of the same rather simplistic paradigm (philosophy/vision of life).

To get an idea: compare a book of fairy-tales from around the world to whatever you ever heard or saw on tv, and you might discover that there is more space for thought and discovery in those ancient tales than in all of the seemingly diverse stuff that they presented as "well-understood" in those programs.

TV presents life as if it were well-known and understood in advance - but it is not.

The best example of this are those national-geographic kind of programs where distant and exotic places are shown. From watching these images you get the false impression that you get to know the far-away place that is being shown and "explored by the camera". But in reality this is all bogus: you've never been to that place and you just can't know how it is - you can only get a schematized idea of it that will replace reality for you. And after watching a few of these programs you will start thinking that the world is a very small place - because you know all the corners of it already, without having gone and explored anything yourself.

But the world is not small - it is the image and imagination of it that is small and narrow-minded. And this is what tv does to one's view of life.





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