Comments: TV Makes You?


The most brilliant television show is still easier to watch than reading the most simple novel. Complexity? Try listening to a 4 hour story, narrated, & remembering it -- preferrably, say, for example, that of the The Raven from the Pacific Northwest, wherein nonlinear timelines coincide in telling the coming of the world and humanity from Raven's tricksterity, and the blending of good and evil in the one. Television requires little attention: it's not that it makes one stupid or smart. It just instills a reactionary rather than participatory system of affect that produces dumb knowledge. tV

Johnson argument is squared exactly at that sort of thinking, not saying he's right but to make that sort of argument now at least requires addressing his arguments. I don't really buy either..

Remember that Johnson is not just your average tech journalist, he did an MA at Columbia with Said and Spivak and his undergrad at the Brown semiotics dept. He knows the classic academic arguments against TV damn well and this book is aimed squarely at them. In other words tobias, you are the target market and that argument above needs to be updated with a response to Johnson in order to be considered valid..

Hello. I read a glowing review for this book on Steven Shaviro's blog, and what he cited as its good points also elicited the "WTF" response from me. And I once respected him (well I still do, for some things I guess). What I would regard as 'intelligent TV' would be something that invites the audience to THINK. Preferably about something relevant to their or someone else's life. Is this a hopelessly outdated opinion these days?
I trace this line of thinking to the 'medium is the message' McLuhanish repetition now used by baby boomer 'Pop-ist' academics as a way to avoid confronting the ideology of the message. Because there is one.