I don't actually watch on a television with scheduled commercials and all that, but yes I watch the shit out of TV shows. I like experiencing stories and analyzing storytelling as a general concept. What makes it good? What makes it bad? How would I have made this story? Would my way have been better or worse? Do these characters accomplish their purpose? If they don't, is it the fault of the actor, the writer, or both? etc.
on the TV is so dumb it's painful for you to watch, and yet you like PewdiePie? I'm actually a little at a loss for words.
I started writing responses to all the other posts in the thread but I decided to delete them, as it came off a little as me being slightly belligerent and also misrepresented my actual opinions about television. I totally understand (and, in some cases, agree with) all of the complaints above.
A lot of TV shows (especially the popular, mainstream ones) are really fucking dumb and can be painful to watch. But to blame that on television itself is a bit misguided, I think. There are dumb movies. Dumb books. Dumb songs. Any
element of pop culture is going to have some really dumb stuff, that's just the way it goes.
I personally find value in TV shows. Hell, even the bad ones have value (except The Big Bang Theory. Fuck that steaming pile of shit). As I mentioned above, I like analyzing the things that work and the things that don't. I like the stories. I enjoy finding characters that I connect to. The really
good ones even teach me things about myself that I hadn't realized.
To be honest, I find it really strange to talk about shows as if they're separate or different from movies (or even books, to be honest).