Television has become a great source of recreation. They provide relief from the everyday realities we must all deal with. The comedy, romance and tear-jerkers all do wonders for our soul. But.. do they change how we think and what we learn to expect?
The subconscious reason we watch tv is because it creates an alternate reality; one that we wish existed. We enjoy the humor, depth or lesson that comes from a show. Some of us love the mystery crime shows because we inherently love to apply logic to validate our pathological abilities. Some of us love to connect on stories that warm your heart and others love a realistic ending.
We all watch what our external personalities cannot always admit to. We live in a world with morals, obligations, expectations and a predisposed version of what the people around us want us to be like. The shows we watch and the movies that we love have an effect on our daily lives eventually. Movies validate our intrinsic desires– they legitimize our thought processes and sometimes that may not be the best course of action.
Sure, most people don’t watch murder shows and then go on a killing spree. But, they do adapt some element of the show and reacts to it. Subconsciously, you either want to be more like the hero or start upping your security level. These changes are very small and at times are only thoughts. Slowly, but surely, the change happens…
You adapt and adopt themes from the shows and movies you watch.
Everything that happens on “child tv” becomes suddenly acceptable and desirable to your child. They are taught to stay away from the other channels, but what happens when ABC Family, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network start to show endorsements from their idols who show a side of them that probably wont be to your liking or theirs when looking back at it ten years later. Our media has played a subtle manipulation into what’s acceptable and what isn’t. We live in a world where you cannot tell your child not to watch tv nor can you tell them to watch tv comfortably.
And then.. there are the shows which highlight scenarios or dystopian societies… entities that don’t physically exist. But, the aggression, bias and favoritism that they create on tv sits in the hearts of millions, who then try to demonstrate the same in real life, only to be conflicted and often reprimanded. From relationships, to politically charged “comedies”, sex, romance, politics and marriage are most affected by the ideals created by producers who only care for what sells. Hollywood is not an accurate depiction of any relationship on any standard, but they certainly program our mind. Soon, you wont feel content without an episode of Game Of Thrones or Scandal etc.
We are also accustomed to thinking that television is just a good way to make us laugh, cry or sometimes deliver heart warming messages. The problem? The messages being delivered are selective, so while you may need to deal with the realities and cards given to you, and only you, you are obsessed with creating or finding the reality that the television exemplifies, by design. As we age into adulthood, we form our opinions of ideologies and politics and virtue from the television sets that render us what THEY WANT US TO SEE. Are we really comfortable with this?
So maybe the Simpsons weren’t so off, and maybe the word Remote control doesn’t refer to the control of our television sets, but more-so the control these programs have on us….
Just a thought……
Think About It for a Second.