Television, TV or Telly…. too vast a field I would say 😉
I used to love watching the tv. My parents and grandparents wound me up with saying “you’ll get square eyes if you keep watching so much TV”. Mind you judging from today’s point of view it probably wasn’t that much. There were only 4 or 5 TV channels and at midnight the programs ended. How did we survive without watching TV 24 hours a day?????
Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end as Mary Hopkin famously sang in the late ’60s. I was just a twinkle in the eye of my parents then. They might not even have met yet. Who knows. All I know is that in late 1970 I wasn’t particularly keen on coming into being.
video credit: Ahmad F Eylian via YouTube (I have no rights whatsoever to the song or video that lies with Mary)
According to my parents, I was a week late and my mother played cards all night to get me going. Maybe that is the reason why I am so interested in Tarot nowadays ;-). But I digress…
I still like watching TV. Normal TV that is. Yes, I do stream some stuff but not much. Even though I am rather annoyed at times when there is absolutely nothing to watch. We are no fans of “TOWIE” or the like. We don’t approve of any of the talents shows (well besides GBBO) and there is only so much news that you can watch.
One thing that I thought a lot of in the last couple of weeks is how much advertising is brainwashing us. It is of course known how they work with psychology to get us buying stuff but as long as I had some money to buy things I never really paid much attention to the fact.
But working in a supermarket and knowing the reality compared to their adverts and not having much money to buy stuff taught me that no matter how entertaining adverts can be they have only one thing in mind: To make us buy stuff. Quite often to buy stuff we really don’t need and to make us think that normal daily activities are the peak of inconvenience or that we are too stupid to know how to care for ourselves.
Do you know that toothpaste advert where the girl tells you all about what how she takes care of her body but doesn’t know how to take care of her mouth????? I have started to shout out in frustration: “Clean your teeth, woman!!!”
video credit: TVCommercials via YouTube
Or the poor people who have to wash clothes????
video credit: TVCommercials via YouTube
Blimey, where on earth do they buy their washing powder and stain remover from? From the Stone Giants in “The Hobbit”? As I said: when I had enough money to buy stuff it never occurred to me how obvious and stupidly advertisers try to get us to buy stuff. But lately, it really gets on nerves. Good that the TV has a switch off button 😉
What I currently enjoy watching is any educational program about history. Good old BBC might be a little propagandistic when it comes to their news (a lot less than other stations I find though) but when it comes to teaching us a thing or two about dinosaurs or the celts they are tops in my opinion.
And that is when I go all modern and use these newfangled things like streaming apps. The BBC iPlayer has saved my sanity more than once. Especially when I’ve been driven mad by my biggest pet peeve Brexit. That is one reason for me to stop watching TV altogether. But I am not going there. Have been ranting enough this week about it.
Well, I am off to make tea or dinner or Abendbrot whatever you call it in your neck of the woods. We eat early. The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world has to work on Saturdays and I am German and supposedly we are good wives so I have food ready when he comes home just before 5pm. Some say ( 😉 )
video credit: D Roy via YouTube
it is healthy to not eat a lot later in the evening. If you do, it gives you rings around the waist and insomnia. Not sure that is true. Both of us often can’t sleep and my hips have grown a tad or two lately. Never mind… 😉 I am sure the adverts can sell me a powder to lose it again…
In this sense: Happy Television watching!!!!
This post takes part in Linda’s ingenious “Just Jot It January” and “Stream of Consciousness Saturday”. Find the prompt here & many more maybe televised posts in the comments and make sure to read some. You won’t regret it ;-)!!!!!