Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The First Blog is Always the Hardest

I have always felt that, no matter how many differences people have, television always gives people something in common. Certain programs draw people together no matter what differences they may have. If you have nothing to talk about, television is that icebreaker that lets people connect. You may not vote for the same politician, you might not practice the same religion, but you can always watch the same television show. It's something that everyone can find in common. Television expands horizons and introduces people to new things, it transcends borders and cultural barriers, because television at it's heart contains that human quotient that brings people together. Although a lot of times television, like most everything, is subjective to the viewer, an excellent program will have many layers that appeals to a mass audience.

Television critics have a hard task before them, because they've chosen that awful task of finding both the good and bad in something that often appeals to the masses. Critics often forget that their opinion is not golden, we all are entitled to one, and I believe we must all respect the criticism of others. So in choosing to critique something that is both popular and personal they must do so with respect. To say something is just awful or just beautiful does little to express ones point. Critiquing television is like describing the different flavors in a dish, you must be able to explain the difference in taste, but also have an understanding of why it tastes the way it does, it goes beyond just chewing and swallowing, beyond the simple act of of saying it is good or bad. It delves into that land that many of us forget, the artistic component that binds what we love together, whether that be food, sports, television or literature.

We also must remember that television is there to entertain, and whether the shows we choose are dramas, comedies, documentaries or reality television, they must always do so by being provocative. We are all able to decide what is good and what is bad and seldom do we sit and try to quantify the traits that make a good program. Yet its those traits that decide whether a show will survive the season to start a new, or be shelved and cast aside with little regard to the viewers own judgment on it's worth. To be honest critics have little control over whether a show succeeds or not, many shows that have gotten bad reviews by critics have survived by appealing to their audiences. That is where the true power of television lays, in the audience, in your choices not the critics.

I hope you continue to check in and read this blog, some days it might be me writing other days it might be someone else. I think you will find whats written here to be fair but most importantly entertaining.

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