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Friday, February 25, 2005
I'll post a bit more on the below shortly, but first I wanted to relay a sort of different perspective on this issue, from a mailing list post (which has been oddly fruitful lately, yes). It's, um, interesting.
I am definitely not saying that TV is so good and so engrossing that if I watch it I won't be able to stop. TV is insidious like alcohol and many other addictive substances - eventually you stop looking at it qualitatively and it becomes part and parcel to your daily existence. I know people that don't have this problem and can moderate their TV watching, but those people are few and far between.Now, in fairness, this is coming from a David Foster Wallace mailing list, whose Infinite Jest is often misread as positing a 1:1 relation between mass media and alcohol. But it's about the universality of addiction, not the equality of all addictions. It's interesting here to note the centrality of the word "guilty." Anything we feel guilty about must be bad, right? It must not be that the guilt is misplaced, right? All guilt is true and must be acknowledged, right? Argh.