Earlier this month, actor Jerry Seinfeld declared to all the world that, “TV is over.” Horrors! Whatever would we do without the tube!
Seriously, though. Let’s think about this.
First of all, TV is not actually dying. True, the television of the Seinfeld era is coming to an end. Sitcoms are not what they used to be. I Love Lucy, Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends… they’re all gone.
Television programming is evolving with time. Our culture’s reached a point where hour long programs may or may not relate to an upcoming movie (think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), MTV and pay-per-view floods our young people with images and ideas completely inappropriate for their age, and we’ve have created a generation completely obsessed with reality TV… which is about as far from reality as it could possibly be.
So if that current evolution of TV were to continue dying off, would that actually be a bad thing? The beauty is that with the advancement of technology, television has become less of a master and more of a servant. It can now function as a tool rather than a centerpiece. So in that sense, yes, TV is over.
But entertainment is growing. YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime… technology is taking TV to a whole new level. A level where you’re in charge of what you watch and when you watch it. That’s a good thing!
Firstly, this is good, very good for Conservatives. Why? Conservatives are the alternative voice in regards to media. NBC,ABC,CBS,CNN, MSNBC, all very leftist. Network sitcoms, leftist. Hollywood as a general rule, very leftist. Sure, Conservatives can cling to FoxNews… but why? Why focus on one flagpole in a bastion of leftist propaganda, when we can focus on the vast, accessible information delivery of the internet? Breitbart, James O’keefe, citizen journalists… None of these voices would have been able to succeed, or even exist if they were reliant on the use of traditional media. This is a good thing.
Movies are now more accessible than ever before. You don’t have to pay $60 to take your family to the theater (unless you want to). If you can muster just a few shreds of patience together, you can catch that flick from the comfort of your very own sofa for just $1, thanks to Redbox. And yes, you can even leave your cell phone on while watching if you’d like. Not only that, but that alternative documentary on Fracking (ahem, FrackNation) that would never be funded by a big, liberal production company… you can now watch those whenever you want. Completely a la carte!
I enjoy a good film just as much as the next guy. I know if it weren’t for TV, I’d never get to watch my Broncos play (because I don’t live in Denver). But thanks to technology, I can DVR the game, fast forward commercials, and still have time for the important things in life.
So don’t panic like it’s the end of the world. Television isn’t over. But maybe, we can keep learning to use it better.