TV or not TV

I don’t have a TV! Had some good discussions with teenagers at Camp when they discovered this serious omission from the Macdonald household. Sometimes wonder whether we should get one but actually from a youthwork point of view it’s great ‘cos I have to get my TV info from the teenagers. Surprisingly too most of them were more open to not having a TV than I thought they would be.
Just been reading some John Stott, he’s got a much snappier argument against TV than me, he reckons TV makes people: physically lazy, intellectually uncritical, emotionally insensitive, psychologically confused and morally disordered. He’s got a point but I don’t think it’d make for an open dialogue!
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One Reply to “TV or not TV”

  1. I’m partly sympathetic with what John Stott was saying but I think I must disagree with him in part. His argument tends towards the idea of living outside the modern secular culture. I find it hard to be “in the world but not of the world” without at least dipping my toe in the water.
    I’m not defending all TV as some of it is APPALLING but I think TV (and indeed film) can both be an excellent starting point for discussions with young people about difficult situations such as relationships, families, bullying, violence and pretty much anything else that is going on in their lives.
    Last night I caught a few minutes of a rather contraversial dramatisation of the terrorists preparing for the bombings of 11th September which was very challenging. Then later I watched “Sikhs in the City” which was very informative about modern Sikhism.
    The “TV is so informative” is such an old argument but it does hold true. However aside from the educational potential of TV, what about the fact that we can watch things which are amsuing, enjoyable and just plain fun??
    Apparently all conversations eventually turn to children’s TV but in defence of television, Ian, surely there is one word which will suffice…
    DANGERMOUSE!

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