Sunday, June 3, 2012

Speculation: Television and Childhood

On tumblr, I come across many posts regarding things that induce nostalgia and remind large amounts of people of their childhoods. Or posts about “Only 90’s kids will understand this”. Something I’ve noticed about this is that almost all of them are to do with television. This brings me to believe that every single person in my generation grew up with their faces glued to a television screen – not literally, of course.
It has been a long time since my family has owned a television and, for that reason, I tend to not quite understand all the components that apparently express my generation.
Does television really have that great an impact on our race?
I don’t particularly mind not being completely understanding of all the references. Children’s television is remarkably stupid, actually. To be honest, most television in general is, actually, quite stupid.
{My mother is trying to discourage the use of the word stupid, but I think it was easily justified in this scenario}
I’m not saying that ALL television in stupid. There is a great amount of educational or inspirational television out there. However, I’m not entirely sure what something like “Spongebob Squarepants” aims to achieve at all. But that’s a mild example.
A regularly used example would be something like “Jersey Shore” – I experienced 5 minutes of that once and I do believe I lost an IQ point or two from the exposure – or “Teen Mom”. Promoting teen pregnancy in a way that encourages it is definitely not something that humanity should be doing. Teenage girls should not try to fall pregnant merely for the “fame”. One episode on a television show is not fame.

But I appear to have gone on a tangent again…
Anyway… I just don’t understand how television forms a basis for an entire childhood.
And I’ll end there. Before I actually point out how much of a hypocrite I am because my entire life revolves around Doctor Who and Sherlock…
Oh… damn.