Are We All Brain Dead?
I don’t mind a good doco or crime show from time to time, even a comedy is good for… um… a laugh.
It seems though, that these shows are put on TV so late, that you either have to record the thing and watch it later, or, if you’re like me who doesn’t have a DVR, I miss out all together.
…and what about the amount of sensationalist news reporting there is around the place these days?
Very little, it seems, is factual; and if it is factual, it is sensationalised.
I mean how many times do we need to see the little old bloke get knocked over by a pussy-cat?
Does it really need to be looped a dozen times during a 30 second “news bulletin”?
Sadly, these clips inevitably find their way to social media and are shared ad-nauseum, which makes the whole thing even more mind numbing.
Aaaand while I’m at it… I really don’t understand the need to produce shows like “Married at first sight”, “My Kitchen Rules”, “The Bachelorette” or any number of other (scripted) reality TV shows.
These are not reality!
Not mine anyway.
Sadly, many of us have been brought up in an age where we are conditioned to watch TV or peruse social media.
Did you know that the average person watches one month per year of TV (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics) and spends an average of 55 minutes a day on social media?
Frankly I’m over it, all of it, and as part of my life and time restructure, I’m trying to make a determined effort to distance myself from as much of the drivel as possible.
It’s a harder habit to break than you might think though. All of these mediums, be it TV, newspaper, or social media, condition us to think or act a certain way.
Don’t believe me?
Have a listen to this podcast <link> by presenter Richard Fidler from ABC (Australia). His show is called Conversations <link> and he interviewed futurist Mark Pesce about the effects social media, specifically Facebook, has on people.
Mark believes Facebook is constantly trying to shape our emotional state and that the world is increasingly being presented to us as we want to see it, rather than as it really is.
So what am I doing about it?
Well, I don’t read newspapers any more, and I don’t watch the TV news as much, maybe 10 minutes in the morning to get the traffic report is about it.
The evenings are spent watching Hogan’s Heroes <link>, Happy Days <link> or Countdown Classics <link> before the mind numbing reality shows start. After that I read a motorcycle magazine or a good book.
On the social media front, I’ve already culled two accounts related to this blog (The Experimental Ghost). These were not performing and had few, if any, followers. So if you followed me on Pinterest or Flickr sorry they’re gone and will not be updated again.
Facebook will follow in the next few weeks. The page has been up since November 2012 and has 48 followers. Sure, readers do get linked to this blog but not enough to warrant an upkeep.
Likewise, Instagram will go as well, there are too few followers to warrant spending time on there. Besides blog links don’t get posted to that medium anyway, it’s mainly happy snaps.
By far Google+, WordPress, and Twitter at a close 3rd provide the most links to this blog, so these have been given a reprieve for the moment.
YouTube will remain, as it hosts some of the video posted on this blog from time to time.
I guess this causes a bit of a conundrum for those of you who follow my blog and are notified via one of the social media platforms mentioned above.
What to do?
Well, WordPress has a follow button down to the bottom right of this post and there is an email subscription mechanism to the top right… see where it says “Gis A Follow”?
I’d encourage you to use either of those two options in the first instance.
Failing that you can follow me on Google+. That page will not be deleted as it hosts some of the photos from blog posts and is linked to YouTube as well.
I’m sure I’ll lose some followers by doing this, but hopefully not too many.
I’ve had enough of being treated like I’m brain-dead.
How about you?
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