What are the media being blamed for today and is this justified?
It’s always the same. I’ll just watch one episode. The theme song starts, I sing along, the opening credits roll, hey! It’s only 30 minutes. These are my “Friends” I see them everyday. Joey and Chandler are playing foosball, while next-door Monica and Ross are going through the family album, downstairs in Central Perk Cafe, Rachel is serving coffee while Phoebe sings “Smelly cat”.
It’s television shows like my favourite “Friends” that I am totally addicted to. I’m not exaggerating and I’m not just talking about watching a few episodes, for relaxation or pleasure. I’m talking about watching SEASONS at a time. It’s so easy, you can take them anywhere.
So, when I realised I knew more about characters on a TV show than my roommate, I was appalled. The first thing that came to my mind was, can I stop this? Is there really such a thing as sitcom addiction? Can I give up my “friends”? Is it me or the media?
Media defiantly has a major impact on society but we make the choice to click on the tv as a form of entertainment to kill time, to feel like we are in a safe environment. We self identify with the characters, it’s familiar, its safe. Is this addiction? I say no, it’s simply something to make us laugh or give us company. We can’t blame our own choices of entertainment on the media especially mass media. As suggested in “Ten things wrong with the effects model”, an article on media effects studies by David Gauntlett, http://www.theory.org.uk/david/effects.htm. David comments “Surveys typically show that whilst a certain proportion of the public feel that the media may cause other people to engage in antisocial behaviour, almost no-one ever says that they have been affected in that way themselves.”
So you see I can turn off my “Friends” whenever I want. Then again, I see out of the corner of my eye that “How I met your mother” just started. Excuse me for a second…