Watching telly — 2 Comments

  1. “Programmes that would now not find airtime, or would find only a small audience late at night, enjoyed large ratings because there was nothing else to watch.”

    Maybe it is a factor of my aging and increasing crotchetiness but I beg to differ on that. With the multitude of channels now available, I find that there is less that one would watch – what may be good has probably been seen before and the vast majority of the remainder is not good enough to hold one’s attention.

    I remember laughing more at the Dick Emery’s, Kenny Everett’s and Benny Hill’s than anything Mrs. Brown’s Boys’ or their ilk since.

    The fact that there are forty or so channels to be flicked to see what is on is what delays one on the chair. When there were only one, two or five, that decision was quicker and we went about doing something else.

    ‘Times when families gathered in living rooms each evening to watch programmes together belong to a broadcasting age of innocence.’

    Not just the evening of viewing but the following day at school discussion was about the programme the night before. With delayed recording boxes, online films and the plethora of channels, the chance of finding someone who watched the same as you the night before is limited – so another conversation topic eliminated so another excuse not to bother communication with ones community.

    ‘Perhaps, in that time, we shall rediscover a way of how to have a national discussion.’

    I admire your optimism.

    I read a blog recently where the writer had watched a film on Netflicks and then downloaded the book to his Kindle – no discussion or interface with the box office ticket seller; the usher; or the bookshop seller.

    Is it a time when it is ok to have your thoughts or opinions but society shall not give you an audience, other than nameless internet blogs and forum, to discuss and debate?

  2. BBC 4 has become a platform for the sort of programmes that once garnered large audiences who now subsist on a diet of soaps and talent(less) shows.

    Television was once a community-builder, now it seems to contribute to an atomisation of society.

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