TSA#48 – Watch what you are watching

Oct 15, 2012 by

This isn’t another post about not watching TV.  It is much more than that.

Our world, and more importantly, our worldview is shaped from the input around us.  Our family, our friends, our education, and what we consume each day.  Our view of the world used to be much smaller as we used to have less access to more sources of information.  Today with 500 channels of TV and an endless supply of content online, it is up to us to decide what we watch and thus it is up to us to shape and mold our worldview.


With this great power to shape what we consume, we run the very real risk of locking ourselves into a nice and familiar bubble.  We can only listen to the news we want to hear and filter out the rest of the sides of the story.  We can only subscribe to bloggers and follow those on twitter who just repeat what I agree with.  We can quickly demonize any other point of view or simply dismiss any information that doesn’t fit into my carefully crafted narrative.

Stop Watching the News

Yeah, I’m serious on this one.  This it the number one reason I cancelled our cable subscription.  TV news is horrible.  It doesn’t matter if you watch CNN or Fox news, the 4th estate has failed us in exchange for ratings and advertising revenue.  They no longer aim to educate their audience, but rather keep people tuned in with fear and salacious scandals that pass as news stories.  If you don’t believe me, just ask yourself these questions the next time you watch your news.

Is this really a news story people need to be informed about or is it gossip disguised behind an anchor desk?

Are we talking about real issues that are important and effect our world or are we talking about the latest celebrity mishap?


Are they using fear tactics to get me to watch their program?

Just watch this.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Inappropriate News Teasers

Seriously people.  Want to stop living in fear?  Stop watching that shit.  Turn it off.

What are you watching?

Moving on from the news, what are you watching?  What are you making the conscious decision to sit down and consume each day?  Are the shows that you watch simply fun entertainment?  Are you watching shows that you can learn something from?   Or are you just watching shows that are the equivalent of a train wreck of someones life that is worse off than you?

We don’t just celebrate mediocrity, we exalt stupidity and strive to find that next train-wreck of a family that we can put on TV and watch with our jaws open, all to feel a little better about ourselves.  We measure ourselves against the worst behavior that we can show on TV and then take solace in our lives not being as bad as theirs.  And we do all of this on a channel named The Learning Channel.  Does it feel like we are living in a bad movie about a dystopian future?  Is anyone else sick of it?

Who are you watching?

TV is not our only input these days.  With the rise of social networks we can connect with friends and people all over the world and it is awesome.  It also has the potential to be abused as well.  Here again our attention is fought for between friends, family, respected voices and celebrities, brands, political parties.  You have the power and the ability to follow and listen to some of the greatest minds in our world today or you can listen to the inane ramblings of someone who is famous for being famous.

The choice is yours

And here comes the good news.  This is YOUR life.  YOU have ALL of the power to choose what you consume.  You can choose to watch and listen to great programs that strive to enlighten or entertain, or you can choose to watch and listen to fear mongering fools who aim to keep you uninformed and passive.  You can fill your Twitter or Facebook news feed with friends and family and those you respect in the community for their intelligent thoughts and opinions or you can fill it with drivel from those that spew controversial nonsense for attention.

Be aware of what you are consuming.  Be careful that you don’t put yourself in a bubble.  Make yourself a better person by the people and programming you surround yourself with.

You have the power and the opportunity to shape your worldview into a positive force for this world.   Make the decision to be a better person and choose your input accordingly.  Choose wisely.


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