02
Nov
09

Idle Thoughts

We all know that there is a problem with people wanting  quick ,  easy and/or  simple fixes. I wonder how much mass entertainment is a factor in this where everything (typically) is resolved in under sixty minutes and has no long term consequences. Just an idle thought.

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12 Responses to “Idle Thoughts”


  1. November 2, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I was reading a Law Courts report recently that found juries are expecting evidence to be like the TV show CSI and also have expectations of evidentry procedures and processes that don’t exist.

    But that is not new. Old Shows like “Leave it to Beaver” and “Happy Days” raised expectations that family and teenage problems could be solved in 60 Minutes (Less time for adverts).

    TV Shows have a lot to answer for.

  2. 2 bangarrr
    November 2, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I’ve seen the same or similar report BBA, scary.

  3. 3 yankeedog
    November 2, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Yep, Al beat me to the prime example-juries expecting fast, decisive results of tests ala ‘CSI’.

  4. 4 bangarrr
    November 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    YDog you and Al certainly bring up a certain case but my idle thought was more towards a cultural shift of believing in that there is an easy answer. Yes I know there’s always an easy answer just that it’s always wrong.

  5. 5 Barnesm
    November 2, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Great thought, at your suggestion I did a bit of reading and Neil Postman’s 1985 Book -Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business discusses a similar side effect to the one you describe.

    From the font of all things Wikipedia

    The essential premise of the book, which Postman extends to the rest of his argument(s), is that “form excludes the content,” that is, a particular medium can only sustain a particular level of ideas. Rational argument, an integral component of print typography, cannot be conveyed through the medium of television because “its form excludes the content.” Because of this shortcoming, politics and religion get diluted, and “news of the day” is turned into a commodity. The presentation most often de-emphasizes quality; all data becomes burdened to the far-reaching need for entertainment.

  6. November 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    CSI’s just carrying on the same forensic fraudulation that the X-Files began – after Mully and Scolder made people think it was possible to do a full DNA sequence analysis on an alien beastie within an hour, there was no hope for ACTUAL forensic science.

  7. 7 bangarrr
    November 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Barnes, sounds like something I should read. I think also where TV also fails us is they give us what we want (well what they think we want) not what we need.

    Doc, very true.

  8. 8 Nautilus
    November 2, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I have often thought soap operas give women an unrealistic understanding of how relationships work.

  9. November 3, 2009 at 12:10 am

    That and the Disney Princess meme they’re all fed as kids, a lot of them are still waiting for their Prince Charming to turn up. I think Girlclumsy (?) had a rant about this at some stage.

  10. 10 bangarrr
    November 3, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Naut, I can’t disagree there.

    Doc, pretty sure it was and waiting they’ll be.

  11. November 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    NAUT: Well if you’ve ever seen the ten year long love triangle on the Bold you would realize that relationships on Soaps are as far removed from reality as possible!

    BANG: Indeed indeed! People aren’t prepared to ‘sleep on it’ anymore. The best solutions often arise when one doesn’t think about the problem.

  12. 12 bangarrr
    November 12, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Nat, there is nothing better than “sleeping on it” for problem solving.


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