While reading about TV and screens, I learned a lot about the ways in which TV can control an individual’s daily happenings. In Mcarthy’s Television While You Wait. McCarthy speaks about leisure. The first point that I want to talk about is the dictation of socialization and free time. I’ve never been one to stop everything that I am doing to watch a specific show, especially as a kid. I had a few shows here and there but for the most part, my mom regulated the amount of TV I watched. By the time I would get home from school, it would be 4:30pm and I would be able to catch Sailor Moon. However, my Mom also made sure that I read for an hour each day. Then I had dinner by 7 and then I was in bed with the TV off by 9. Overall I was probably watching 3.5-4hrs of TV a day. Fast forwarding to today, with the constant coursework of grad school and the invention of DVR, I rarely catch my favorite shows. I just record them and come back to them when I can so I think there are more views that the McCarthy can consider.
In the article, McCarthy talks about the visuals associated with television. The images of people crowded around display windows and in bars etc., to create this idea of collective interest. I don’t know how common this is today, because society has become even more individualistic. My family doesn’t even eat in the same room anymore. But one point raised that I did agree with, was the relevance of TV screens in time passing. Working in a daycare center, located in a hospital, I see TV screens in every waiting area. Whether its playing the Jerry Springer show or CNN. I love how McCArthy challenges the ideas behind CNN’s Accent health. Hospital’s swear that they doing something, in having these 18-inch cubes repeat the same depressing information, to people that could care less. What makes it worse is the claim that people enjoy these infomercials and take notes. (209) I appreciate McCarthy for this.