Disclaimer: Yes, I do realize the irony of my posting such a topic on a blog... The truth is that I will talk about it with people in real life as well.
Today, Justin pointed me to the following article:
It comes in three parts, and was written by a woman who was living in Africa and Asia for the last five years. She talks about how she is experiencing reverse culture shock. It's really good. An easy read. You should read it yourself. Have I made myself clear?
Anyways, the issue is that in an age with such advanced means of communication, we are actually having trouble communicating with people.
"'As a wise Englishman once said—100 or so years ago—'The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.' "
In a way, our methods of communication (cell phones, texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) have become a means of avoiding communication with the people that are actually, physically with us.
Sometimes, I wonder what my little sister's generation will grow up to be like. They are growing up with almost no knowledge of a world without the internet. They will know very few years when they did not either desire or own their own cell phone. (I was actually very against cell phones until I put my car in a ditch, but that's another story.)
My sister's generation is constantly bombarded with unoriginal hip-hop music (although, I will admit to enjoying some of it), formulaic television shows, movies whose humor requires nothing more than bathroom humor, and an underlying desire to escape it all.
So the problem comes to where everyone goes to escape from the constant bombardment of technology and media. The ironic thing is that they turn to technology and media.
Honestly, answer me this: what was the last book that you read? Schoolwork does not count. Neither does Twilight. Okay fine, maybe Twilight counts, but only if you read it for the story not imagining that Edward is going to sweep you off your feet and whisk you off to Forks at any moment. Not going to happen. There's nothing in Forks anyways.
We do not escape our daily lives by reading, or by having deep conversations with our friends and family. Instead, we sit down and turn on the TV. We turn on the TV, and we tune out our loved ones.
Today in class, my teacher mistakenly said that a famous playwright had died of "TV." While she meant TB, her response was not all that surprising to me. Excessive amounts of TV lead to the death of creativity, the death of strong relationships, and the death of conversations.
Furthermore, we find ourselves creating our reality from the virtual. I think this shirt speaks to the mindset of many:
Thus, we have people living in complete fantasy worlds. Although, they may not be as drastic as constantly expecting to find Edward or Zac Efron around the next corner, we are constantly thinking about some form of media.
It may be that the best thing we have to talk about with friends is the latest episode of The Office, or how great the baseball game was that was on last night. Don't you find more enjoyment in things that are real? Like playing catch with a friend, having a dance party with your housemates, or listening to someone talk about their day.
I would take any of those moments over any TV show. What about you?