Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Yes, I see your point. Who needs to go out when you can stay in? There is some­thing ap­peal­ing about the se­den­tary life­style one usu­ally equates with tele­vi­sion-watch­ing.

They prob­a­bly de­bated the same thing in the ’50s. Why go out to a movie about a Blob when you could stay home and be a Blob?

By the way, the talk­ing and tex­ting thing, I can say as a reg­u­lar movie­goer, is not as bad as some peo­ple think. Over the past 10 years, I think I’ve only been put out by one knuck­le­head who in­sisted on an­swer­ing his cell­phone dur­ing a movie. I’ve cer­tainly sat through more pre-show ad­mo­ni­tions against tex­ting than I’ve en­coun­tered ac­tual tex­ting.

And by the way, from whence do these bad habits come? I point the fin­ger at some of the more id­i­otic TV watch­ers who as­sume all en­ter­tain­ment should be con­sumed while in­ter­act­ing with oth­ers. I per­son­ally no­ticed that the whole prob­lem of movie the­atre talk­ers be­came a prob­lem af­ter the wide avail­abil­ity of VCRs. Co­in­ci­dence? I think not. And for ev­ery episode of qual­ity tele­vi­sion you can name, there is dreck on an un­prece­dented scale. It’s also known as re­al­ity TV, the worst pos­si­ble mid­dle ground be­tween doc­u­men­tary and scripted en­ter­tain­ment. There’s only one Jus­ti­fied (a se­ries I es­pe­cially ad­mire. Why? Be­cause it has the smarts and pro­duc­tion val­ues of a first-class movie). But there are mul­ti­ple it­er­a­tions of Real Housewives, spread­ing through the broad­cast land­scape like some kind of in­va­sive species of cul­tural kudzu vine.

And se­ri­ously, can you re­ally sell me on the su­pe­ri­or­ity of tele­vi­sion while Here Comes Honey Boo Boo ex­ists?



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