As everyone who knows me or who has ever knows me knows, I am against television. The ads: atrocious. The shows: ridiculous. Etcetera, etcetera, you've all heard me (and Neil Postman) say it before. That is, up until now. I've lately been exposed to television that is so absurd that I'm actually revising my views altogether! It's so absurd I almost think it's good for us!
For example, last night I watched a show called "Paranormal Sasquatchivity." Yes, this show exists. And yes, the people in the show do appear to be sincere in their search for paranormal sasquatches. Sasquatchii?
Watched on its own, this show will make you erupt into random fits of mayhem. But watched with other people, this show promotes community, laughter (which promotes endorphins, which in turn promote mental and physical well-being_, and many critical thinking skills (as collectively you can analyze just how many fallacies the sasquatch-hunters are committing). Yes, watched with other people, this show becomes the glue that holds it all together. And by "it" I mean life, sanity, the world.
So, in conclusion, I have no conclusion. But I will tell you this. Last week I met a woman who was downright judgmental of people who watch television. And I was like, what the fuck, yo, stop being so damn judgmental. Everyone knows that TV isn't the best way to spend your time. Everyone knows this. No one does not know this. So find me the person who always and only does the rightest thing every minute of the day. Find me that person! I guarantee you that person is not judgmental. If you're doing the rightest thing all the time, you may not be watching TV, but you're also not wasting your time judging people that are.
So, in short, sasquatches: are they real? How would we ever know?????