Daddy, what is TV?

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Oh believe it…that question is coming, and coming fast. No, I’m not one that “protects” my daughter from the perceived dangers of television viewing. I’ve just found that despite having a satellite dish service (that won’t get mentioned unless I get it free) that has, at last count, 8,409 channels, nothing good is ever on.

Sure, you’ve got tons of cheaply made reality shows, some of which on channels that make no sense (The History Channel, Food Network, etc), but once we get to the point where Tom from down the street had his own show because he once dated a hermaphrodite circus performer with fits of vertigo, I decided to leave that particular genre.

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No, nowadays I watch so few actual shows on television that the only buttons on the remote that are getting wear and tear are the volume buttons and mute buttons (and no, for the record, they do not work on one’s spouse). Where I spend my viewing time is increasingly on YouTube (I am not a paid spokesman…darnit). I can watch old TV shows that I miss and hardly remember, I can watch video game fun stuff and my new favorite types of “shows” called List Shows (See my Top Ten List of list shows going over lists of things that have already been listed by those who compile lists…just kidding).

One of the most important benefits to my new video experience is that it’s got exactly the right amount of time a non-episodic show is broadcast…anywhere from three to ten minutes. Yep, that is the perfect measure of my attention span before I become interested in something else…oh look, a squirrel. Plus, where else can I watch a listing of the top ten scariest clips in movies and the top ten Easter eggs in video games, all within fifteen minutes?

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I’m sure there are other services out there that can take the place of YouTube, but I have to admit, it’s the best television since television stopped being television.

What are your thoughts?

Published by Alan Reese

Greetings blog wanderers and seekers of truth, or whatever truth appears to be from the mind of a warped individual. You have reached the inner sanctum of some guy named Alan. Having graduated college sometime shortly after the Earth cooled, he finds himself in his late 30's and working out in the real world. His humor is dry and his outlook not so serious and somehow has picked up the nasty habit of writing about himself in the third person. He is married with child and loves his family, sports and, of course, his beloved video games...likelihood of his growing up? Not good. Are you an established site or magazine looking for a writer? Drop me a line if you are interested.

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