by Ian Ridley
I know you’ve seen them: the bumperstickers, the tshirts. There’s even a website dedicated to ending television’s reign. They’re the reason, when explaining my interests, I always feel the need to explain “I don’t watch TV, I watch TV shows“. Maybe you attach similar addendums to lists of your hobbies, explaining away the shameful way you waste your time. It’s the hip thing to hate TV, even if no one actually, you know, stops watching it to back up their talk of rotting brains and propaganda.
Of course, it’s not as if TV and movies are in any serious danger. Television viewership is at an all-time-high, with the average American watching over four hours a day, and we all know how much money Avatar made. Which brings me to my point: Television is here to stay. Even if everyone agrees that it’s a horrible thing, we also clearly agree that it’s well worth our time and money, or at least, we can’t help but spend our time and money on it.
Which is where Don’t Kill Your Television comes in, to present the alternative: a middle ground between blindly accepting and shelling out money to mass media as it exists today, and revolting against it in a futile attempt to get back to our mythologized good old days. We propose that loving something, as we clearly love television and have the statistics to prove it, means remaining critical of it, requiring nothing less than its best, and forcing improvement instead of accepting stagnation.
To that end, I intend to maintain this blog of critical analysis, news, and yes, a fair amount of opinion, on television and film, what’s good about it, what’s bad, and where we go from here.
So who’s ‘I’?
Well, DKYT was recently founded and is currently maintained with enthusiasm, if not skill, by an early-admission super-senior designing an independent major in film. Nonetheless, I would be happy to accept new contributors who believe in the cause, who may have more experience with blogging than I do, or who can offer more varied perspectives on current trends and new developments.