Indeed. Television means “to see from afar or to see far away,” but it in no way necessarily means “far sighted.” To be far sighted requires active work, not just passive observation.
"We shouldn't have to rely on television or movies to show us fantastic things and fantastic stories." - "Mind Games", This American Life.
As I sat in my regular seat, on a regular day, on my regular bus into the City, I paused when that line played through my over-sized Sony headphones.
I rely heavily – almost desperately – on television. The way some people love books, I love my shows. I crave the intimacy felt after joining a family for 6+ seasons and living through their trials and tribulations. I’m literally hungry for the way I connect and cry tears of sadness and joy along with my favorite characters.
Many people have many escapes from reality; television is mine.
But, as I sat on my bus, this line made me pause, rewind, and listen again.
We crave the extraordinary and television (or movies) are an easy way to fulfill that…
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