Why I like books more than TV

Books don’t interrupt you every few paragraphs and tell you to buy something—now!

Books don’t employ, at a cost that is ultimately passed on to you, obnoxious spokespeople who tell you to buy something.

Books don’t have annoying popups at the bottom of the screen telling you what’s coming up next, or tomorrow, or Wednesday night at 8:00.

Books don’t come with stupid theme songs and jingles that you’re required to sit through before the story starts.

Books don’t get canceled in the middle.

David Spade. Nuff said.

Books can be enjoyed quietly anywhere, without an outlet, a wifi connection, or a battery.

Books don’t constantly remind me how stupid someone thinks I am.

Books don’t need costly repairs.

Books are never reruns unless I want them to be.

Books don’t have reality shows.

Jerry Seinfeld. Nuff said.

Books don’t cost $50 a month for basic service.

Books don’t require an ugly dish on the roof or clamped to the balcony rail.

Books don’t inflict hopelessly untalented singers and dancers on me.

Books don’t have those insulting and racist Sprint Metro PCS commercials.

I can look at my bookshelves and see a lifetime of memories. I look at my TV and see a black rectangle.

I like TV too and have a shelf full of DVDs I watch often. I also often enjoy PBS. Commercial TV, though, holds little appeal for me. Never really did, even when I was a little kid.

How about you? Agree or disagree? What can you add to this list?

UPDATE: Coincidentally this article just appeared on the Huffington Post. It’s hard oftentimes for me to pick favorites, but there’s a lot here to like!

P.S.: David Letterman. Nuff said.


4 responses

  1. I absolutely agree with most of what you said. But…and it’s a pretty big but, there are worlds that can’t be fully realized unless they include visuals and audio. I love narrative in stories and am known for searching in the deepest darkest places for indie films or underrated TV shows.

    It’s interesting that I read this as soon as I finished a Fringe episode. If you haven’t watched it, it’s based on crimes that use fringe science. It starts off as just another police procedural, though it quickly develops into something more. I just tried imagining it in simple text form it wouldn’t work. Now…I’m not saying that it would never work, someone might just try and prove me wrong.

    In any case, you don’t have to pay for cable, you could very well borrow a DVD from a friend or relative; or rent it. I hope today’s TV didn’t completely turn you off some quality storytelling.


    July 30, 2011 at 4:13 am

  2. Maureen Owen

    I haven’t found anything interesting to watch on TV, with the exception of a very few things on cable, in ages. And cable makes me pay for it *and* watch commercials, which angers me. And even most of cable isn’t worthwhile. So I agree with you. I think America could raise its collective IQ about 20 % if it just read more.


    July 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

  3. I love a good story, no matter what medium it shows up in. But I’ve definitely found more good stories in books than on television. There are also some really good films out there (a lot of them foreign), which I watch via netflix on the t.v., so I can’t complain too much.


    August 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    • Absolutely to that. When I said TV I meant commercial TV. I too love having my own movie theater with a big-screen HDTV and lots of discs. Better than most pay theaters today with their overly blaring sound, dim projector bulbs and rude audiences who come in late, sit right in front of you and take forever to get settled down. Plus you can stop the show if you want to pee. ;-)


      August 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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