I write this because I find myself in the midst of a dilemma. As with all of us, things happen in our everyday requiring our immediate attention. School, while important, isn’t the only activity in our lives. So I get back from vacation, energized, renewed… and introduced to a new toy: a 40” flat screen HD television. In my opinion, this is the best invention in the world – my whole viewing experience has been completely transformed. I see this as a good thing, and a bad thing. Good, because I love it (I’ve nick-named it “beautiful”); bad because I literally spent hours glued to the damn thing. *sigh* What is a girl to do? I know I have to wean myself away, but the lure of the bright lights, the rich, deep sound, the crisp picture, all draw me in. I also feel a sense of rebellion – like I’m being a bad girl for watching TV when I really should be doing homework. Geez, I sound like a teenager!
On a slightly more serious note, all of this got me thinking about the power of the media, and the influence of television in general. Have we truly considered the impact of the hardware in our analysis of the media? I just read an article that stated we use media to enhance our moods, make statements about our identities, emulate a desired behavior or fantasize about a possible self (Maness, K. Jan 2004, English Journal). I’m not necessarily saying I disagree with this premise, however, isn’t the acquisition of the hardware accomplishing these same goals as the content itself? And, when I spend all weekend watching “Whale Wars”, “Celebrity Rehab” “Top Chef” and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” what is that saying about me? Frankly, I felt like I watched just about anything I could just to watch TV. (I watched way more than what is listed, but I won’t embarrass myself just too much here.) My point for all of this is, there is something gosh darn addicting about that television – this is not an invitation to psychoanalyze my viewing choices, though if it looks like a cry for help…
Well, that is my current plight, and I’m beginning to think there is money to be made in research on how HD televisions alter your brain chemistry. In the meantime, I’m back to goal setting – which I preach is the most important thing you can do when you are working full time and going to school. I am a hard working, top student, who takes great pride in all of my scholastic achievements. But let’s face it, serious or frivolous, life happens, and I got issues just like everybody else.
Interesting article: “Seven (More) Gadgets Killed by Your Cell Phone” http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/11/seven-more-gadg.html