Thought I'd bump this from the comments section of the previous post, where it might get a bit lost.
In response to this question for patroclus from cello:
Qu'est-ce qu'il ya P? I just thought I detected a sly dig at TV. You know you're a bit susceptible to that.
And given whose blog this is, and how a TV programme is at least partly responsible for your current state of bliss, it seemed a little unjust.
But apologies if I was being over-touchy. I am starting to get paranoid, seeing telly-haters under every bed. Maybe I should start a McCarthyesque campaign to rid the country of TV detractors.
I steamed in with:
I'm not even sure what counts as 'television' these days. Does watching imported DVD's on my laptop in bed count? Because that's all stuff I choose to watch, so it's mostly great.
I genuinely can't remember the last time I watched television as transmitted. I have a dim recollection of flickin g through the four channels I can get, screaming with rage and frustration and then going to do something else instead.
I can certainly imagine not bothering to get an actual television set, the next time I move. Might get a DVD projector if I can afford it though.
...and patroclus herself then came back with:
Ooh, no, I wasn't having a go at telly. I was just referring to the fact that big chunks of script had started appearing in this here comments box.
But on the other hand, the last time I turned the actual telly on (rather than watching a DVD) was to watch the last ep of GW back in May, so James also has a point. People *are* still watching telly, it's just they're watching it in DVD form, or as clips on YouTube, or as illegal downloads of stuff that's not available here yet.
So when C4 (for example) thinks that twenty- and thirtysomethings aren't watching its quality Friday night programming, it's not that they aren't watching it, it's just that they aren't watching it on the TV set on a Friday night.
And with the actual telly, it's just too difficult to identify the good stuff among the 8,000 channels of rubbish. It's a chore even to flick through the Sky menu, there's just so much...
Ooh, bit of a tirade there.
So, throwing it open local-radio-stylee, how much do you hip young(ish) blog commenters watch actual traditional telly?
* sadly, the answer would get me into trouble. But it's quite rude.