Television is a Strange Teacher

Have you ever noticed that everyone who is struck in the head on TV instantly gets knocked out, and then eventually recovers with no cognitive problems whatsoever? Just once, I’d like to see someone spin around and say, “Ow! What the hell?”

As a matter of fact, when’s the last time anyone ever said ow on TV? And most of the time no one dies from a head blow either, unless it’s a forensic show. (Kids, don’t try this at home.)

Another neat television trick is that you can almost always punch someone in the face and not sustain any hand injuries at all. That’s pretty convenient. It’s also not very realistic. (Not that I’ve tested the theory.)

On television, you can go through a whole host of action scenes and your hair will remain unfazed. I wish that were the case in real life. Most days, I can’t even wake up in the morning without a mirror shock experience.

And on TV, bathrooms only exist if you a) need a place to smoke a joint, b) are nervously preparing for your wedding night, or c) are part of a group of girls who are talking about boys.

On the small screen, too, CPR always works, unless, oddly enough, you’re in a hospital. Then you’re a goner. And bones are never broken in the process, which is vastly different from what occurs in real life. (And the success rate of CPR in real life is abysmal.)

I can’t say I know the success rate of love stories in the real world, but on TV, people seem to live happily ever after a ridiculous percentage of the time. We do love a happy ending.

And it seems as though everyone gets a second chance. And no one ever needs a third chance. If only we all really learned from our mistakes the first time around.

If some alien got all his intel about humanity by watching our television broadcasts, he’d have a very strange view of the planet. For example, he’d think that all men, without exception, are prone to making grand romantic gestures. Gimme a break. But, hey, three cheers to the ones who make the effort!

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3 thoughts on “Television is a Strange Teacher

  1. Angiportus Librarysaver

    When I was a kid, I thought I was the only one in the US whose parents wouldn’t get a tv. I hated not seeing the Munsters and Addams Family, and liked going over to the neighbors to watch Funorama after school. But after growing up and noting all the bad science on tv and in movies, such that I tend to growl in protest, I feel like I haven’t missed much. (And don’t even get me started on the gender crap, nor the violence.) Especially since I have caught up with all the Addams Family stuff on disc, and hope to do the same with the Munsters. I note also that when I grew up I didn’t rush out and get a tv, either.
    Disney/Pixar and so on, that’s another story. The technical quality makes up for the bad science, or something.

  2. Angiportus Librarysaver

    When I stayed a while with a tv-ridden family in a trailer, I noticed that the blasted thing kept distracting me from my books and there was nowhere to flee. Sure glad I live alone.

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