Too Much TV?

TV ToadSome months ago, someone commented that I apparently watched a lot of TV. A recent Nielsen report claims the average American watches 5 hours per day, although age and race are factors. Children (2-11) watch a bit over 24 hours per week, and those 65 and older watch over 50 hours per week. It’s apparently close to a flat line with a dip in the teens.

My 50-64 age group supposedly watches nearly 44 hours per week (6.3 hours per day). For this TV Tuesday post, I thought it’d be interesting to see just how much I actually do watch.

It turns out I do watch a lot of TV; here’s the proof…

This list surprised me a little (by being longer than I expected), and doesn’t include baseball or any other sports programs. In my defense, my college major was Film & TV (with a Theatre minor), and I still have a vestige of professional interest in performance arts.

ABC

CastleCastle. I became a follower several years into the show due to (very embarrassingly) never connecting the name Nathan Fillion (or worse, face, although I did think he looked familiar) with the captain from Firefly, one of the bright — albeit tragically short-lived — stars in the TV SF sky.

I like cop shows, and Castle follows the cop, non-cop partner pattern that goes back to Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The show has a balance of serious police work and whimsy that makes it fun, and all the characters are likable, especially the leads. It’s become one of my favorites.

Kudos also for pulling off the nearly impossible: Allowing the romantic tension between the two major characters to flower without destroying the show.

Forever CastleForever. [cancelled] This show is eerily like Castle. A police procedural that takes place in New York and features an attractive and capable homicide detective along with a non-cop partner. The hook here is that the partner, Henry, is immortal (Judd Hirsch plays his son).

The nature of Henry’s immortality is preposterous and problematic from a storytelling point of view. They seemed to de-emphasize it as the show went on (Henry didn’t die in several episodes), but it became a plot factor again in the last episodes.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A television spin-off of Marvel’s Avengers movie series. It’s hard to criticize something like this for being “comic book” storytelling because that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. (Ironically, I still haven’t seen the Avengers movies. Or the first Thor movie.)

It’s kept my interest enough to keep watching, but I wouldn’t be heart-broken if it were cancelled. I have found myself less enamored with it this season. I’m tired of the constant betrayals. They need a better story arc.

Agent CarterAgent Carter. Another Marvel television spin-off, this one from the Captain America movies (which I have seen).

It interesting for being a period piece and for centering on Peggy Carter, an every-woman character. Given the supermodel aspect of the leads in Castle and Forever (and many — most — others), it’s refreshing having a female lead who is more of an every-woman.

CBS

NCISNICS. I’ve mentioned this show a number of times, so I won’t say much here other than that it’s still my favorite show currently on as well as having made it to my list of all-time favorites.

By the way, I’m keeping a page that lists Gibb’s Rules. (Let me know if I missed any!)

[A side note about this show and the next one: As a red-blooded single male, attractive women often command my attention as attractive women (although looks aren’t necessarily the attraction; further, looks alone aren’t enough). I end up crushing on one of the characters. That can be distracting. Somehow these two shows never do that! The characters are somehow too real to be fantasy objects. A reason they’re favorites!]

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NCIS: New Orleans. A very good spin-off of NCIS (which is a spin-off of JAG — another old favorite). Scott Bakula makes a very good Gibbs-alike, and the rest of the cast is excellent (C.C.H. Pounder, for example, in the Ducky Mallard role). Unlike the next entry, this one keeps faith with the brand.

NCIS: Los Angeles. [no longer watching] I followed this show out of loyalty to the brand, but never really liked it. Too stupid and too violent and too disconnected from its military roots. I stopped watching it mid-season this year and don’t regret it or miss it at all (it was mainly Linda Hunt that kept me watching at all, and that just wasn’t enough anymore).

ElemtaryElementary. This is another favorite on several levels. I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes; I have a long-standing crush on Lucy Liu; and the show is really quite good. I like the twist of an actual female Watson (giving us, for the first time, plot lines involving romance and sex between Dr. Watson and Holmes’ brother Mycroft).

If you’ve watched the show you know Watson isn’t the only character that’s jumped the gender line! (How that key character in the Holmes canon is done is always interesting.) Plus this: Detective Bell is obviously named after Dr. Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.

Several shows in this list (and in previous years) follow the Sherlock Holmes model, certainly in the cop, non-cop duo, but often also in having the über-brilliant detective (Monk and House, M.D. are both examples). An actual Sherlock Holmes show is extra nice!

The Good WifeThe Good Wife. Here is another show I began following after it had been on the air for several years. The advertising focused more on the “good wife” aspect than the law show aspect, and — not being a fan of soap opera — that put me off.

Turns out it’s a pretty good lawyer show, is extremely well done, and has some great characters. (I’m going to miss Kalinda!) It’s neat having Michael J. Fox back on TV again! (But make no mistake, it is a soap opera,… but then, aren’t they all.)

Had I realized Ridley Scott was involved (originally with brother Tony), I would have jumped on board immediately. Fortunately, an OnDemand binge-watching week with previous seasons of many shows allowed me to catch up.

Madam SecretaryMadam Secretary. I posted about how much I liked this one, so here I’ll just say that it’s lived up to its promise. Téa Leoni is excellent and so is Tim Daly. The show avoids violence other than when necessary to the plot, and continues to have their characters struggle with moral issues.

I admit to a long-time minor crush on Bebe Neuwirth (from her Lilith days), and now I have a new crush on Patina Miller. Distractions! Distractions!

Plus the show has Željko Ivanek (who, it turns out, is playing a white hat here; mostly), and Keith Carradine rounds out an awesome cast.

Person of InterestPerson of Interest. This is a pretty good show, although I have mixed feelings about certain aspects. This is yet another I came to late, mid-season three. (A recent WGN marathon caught me up.)

As a career software designer, I find a lot of the computer stuff over the top and hard to swallow. But it is a science fiction show, and there’s often a gimme in such shows. Star Trek (and many others) have warp drive, for example, and current science says that is (almost certainly) impossible.

A bigger issue is the idea of saving one person per week along with the damage they sometimes inflict doing the saving. But I like the characters and the stories a lot.

Battle Creek. [cancelled] Wasn’t too sure about this new show at first, but it grew on me. Just in time for it to be cancelled.

The MentalistThe Mentalist. [series completed] Before the explicit CBS Holmes in Elementary, there was the implicit Sherlock, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker). Before Lucy Liu gave us Joan Watson, Robin Tunney gave us Teresa Lisbon. And in this case, Holmes marries Watson!

The Mentalist was another cop-non-cop partner show, and absolutely a take on Sherlock Holmes! The series completed early this year and wrapped up the seven-year character arcs nicely. It was a lot of fun to watch Jane do his Sherlock thing (often with a con thrown in for extra fun)!

This is another show that allowed the romantic tension to flower between its main characters without ruining the show. Kudos!

NBC

The BlacklistThe Blacklist. I’ve always liked James Spader (I loved Boston Legal, and he was hysterical in The Office), and this series is worthy of him. It’s been fun watching things unfold. Spader does menace so well!

As is increasingly common, this isn’t a show you can just start watching. There is a series-long story arc that requires you start at the beginning. But it’s a very well-written show that’s managed to find a fairly new angle for a thriller and has so far managed to stay fresh (and Spader does menace so well).

It is among the most violent of the shows I watch, but it tends to be organic to the story, and the show wouldn’t work as well without it (or without Spader’s menace; did I mention he does it well).

GrimmGrimm. Here’s another one I got into years after it started, and I’ve gone from really liking it to — recently — becoming somewhat disenchanted with it. It’s syndicated on TNT, so I’ve caught up, and I really like the earlier seasons much better.

I wrote about an issue that really bothered me, and the way the last season played out owes a lot to that issue.

I can’t say I’m happy with the direction of the show. I’ll keep watching if, for no other reason, to see if my suspicions about Nick and Adalind prove out.

Constantine. [cancelled] Based on the Hellblazer comic (as was the movie starring Keanu Reeves), I enjoyed the premise and the characters. I have to admit being a lot more interested when they added Zed (Angélica Celaya).

Parks and RecParks and Recreation. [series completed] Not directly related to the excellent series The Office, but sharing the same mocumentary mode (with Greg Daniels behind both). The shows were fairly surreal and not to be taken too literally. It took me a while to really appreciate the show, but it was unique and intelligent and extremely well done.

It was also pretty subversive, and I’ve always wondered if some of the fans realized how much it was about them (and not in a good way).

About a Boy. [cancelled] The movie was fairly endearing, and the TV version was cute. To be honest, I watched for one reason: Minnie Driver.

Bad Judge. [cancelled] I started not liking it at all, but it grew on me enough to keep watching. Mostly it was fun to watch Kate Walsh, who seemed to be having a great time.

Comedy Central

Daily ShowThe Daily Show. [host run completed] I am so bummed Jon Stewart left the show. In fairly short time we lose The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. Adieu, Jon! That’s pretty much going to wrap it up for me and Comedy Central. (Most of their shows do nothing for me.)

Jon Stewart was voted most trusted newsman in America with good reason. The show had a good balance of serious news and comedy. And we need a decent news program. PBS is boring, CNN is useless, and MSNBC and Fox News are atrocious.

Nightly ShowThe Nightly Show. I have mixed feelings about this one, and my general opinion is Meh. But it’s one of the few shows discussing race, and that is an important conversation, so I keep returning to it.

The major problem is that it positions as a comedy show, so it often sacrifices content for gags, and I find that most of the humor misses me completely. I watch the ‘A’ segment with Larry covering current events as well as the panel discussions, but skip most of the rest of it.

TBS

Cougar TownCougar Town. [series completed] I loved Scrubs (except the last season), and I knew this was another Bill Lawrence show, but I didn’t check it out until it had been on the air for years. I regret that, but with 102 episodes, it should be syndicated at some point so I can catch up.

There’s this intelligent wit to the shows Lawrence does, and it’s on display here and in the next entry. The man creates sitcoms that are just a cut above the usual!

Ground Floor. [cancelled] This is another Bill Lawrence show, and this one had John C. McGinley (a huge plus). It was a romcom, but cute enough to hold my interest, and I’m sure McGinley will return elsewhere.

TNT

Rizzoli and IslesRizzoli & Isles. I got a thing for Angie Harmon! Ever since she was Abbie Carmichael on Law & Order. So I’d watch any show she was on, is what I’m saying.

That said, Rizzoli & Isles is an okay police procedural. The work-personal balance is good, and the characters are all likable good people with good values. Co-star Sasha Alexander dodged the Tasha Yar bullet when she left NCIS after two seasons! The rest of the cast, especially Lorraine Bracco, is lots of fun.

The show is based on a series of popular novels by Tess Gerritsen, none of which I’ve read (might someday). Funny that Harmon is in two shows with an ampersand in the title.

Major Crimes. (sequel to The Closer) This one fills my need for an interesting gritty cop show that focuses at least as much on cases as on the personal lives of the cops and assorted others (I’d say more, but we’re running long).

PerceptionPerception. [cancelled] Speaking of shows with ampersands in the title, there’s Eric McCormack from Will & Grace.

In Perception, McCormack played Sherlock (yep, another Holmes analogue) to another female Watson: Rachael Leigh Cook. In this case, Watson married someone else because this Sherlock is schizophrenic. But in control (mostly) and, of course, too brilliant not to help the FBI solve crimes.

The Librarians. This is a new one from John Rogers and Dean Devlin, who were instrumental in an all-time favorite of mine: Leverage!

Plus it’s got John Larroquette, Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, and more. Fantasy SF and lots of fun!

HBO

VEEPVEEP. Sort of The West Wing done as a very broad comedy. A bit broad for my taste, but fun enough, and I’ve come to really like Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. (I’ve written before about an HBO short film she starred in.)

The Brink. A new show that’s got me watching. I binge-watched the ten episodes of the first season. Tim Robbins and  Jack Black is certainly a good start! Kinda diggin’ Maribeth Monroe, too.

The Newsroom. [series completed] I’m a total sucker for Aaron Sorkin. I’ve loved everything he’s done, and this was no exception. Outstanding show. If only reality matched Sorkin’s idealism.

Showtime

Nurse JackieNurse Jackie. [series completed] A Showtime specialty seems to be highly interesting, highly flawed characters. Jackie is a pill-addicted nurse played by Edie Falco. Filled the gap left by Weeds. Now what?

Episodes. A really cute show! Delightful! Matt LeBlanc more or less playing himself (sorta). The show also features another old sitcom star, John Pankow. Plus there is Kathleen Rose Perkins.

House of Lies. Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell in another Showtime show about really interesting but morally questionable people.

Homeland. I really liked this… For the first couple of seasons. It was interesting (and Morena Baccarin is so beautiful). The later seasons impressed me less and less. I’m pretty much at the point of watching mainly to see what happens just because I’ve invested so many hours already.

Masters of Sex. A dramatized version of Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson and their famous book, Human Sexual Response. The first season was pretty good, but it’s gotten increasingly soap-opera and I think pretty far off book. Not entirely sure I’ll keep watching.

Bravo

GF Guide DivorceGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. Two words: Lisa. Edelstein. She’s the third of my Big Three Crushes (Lucy Liu and Angie Harmon being the other two). I’d watch anything, but again I’m lucky: The show is engaging and well-written. And, unlike many, the show appeals to my general age group.

Watching a show on Bravo makes me feel a little weird. I do think it’s hysterical (no pun intended) that Bravo has to advertise this show explicitly as a scripted show. Some of the promos actually featured the script superimposed over the scene snippet!

BBC America

Doctor Who 12Doctor Who Saved the best for last! I’ve written about Doctor Who many times here. I think it’s some of the finest SF on TV. To the extent that Star Trek is such a big thing as to exclude it from mere Top Five lists, Doctor Who is a whole level above that. It’s a science fiction show that’s been around since 1963 — it’s a genuine classic!

The idea that The Doctor changes bodies (and personalities!) from time to time may be one of the most brilliant devices ever conceived in television storytelling. It allows the show to necessarily re-create itself while still keeping all the essential elements.

That most of its stories are true science fiction (plus they’re fun) has made it an enduring landmark for us die-hard true science fiction fans. And the show has had some truly memorable characters over the years.

SherlockSherlock As I mentioned, a Sherlock Holmes type show that’s actually a Sherlock Holmes show is extra special to me. And, other than being modern-day, the BBC’s version is about as faithful to the source as you could expect in any rebooting of the canon. (So much better than those movies!) The only shame is that they make so few of them, but scarcity has its own value.

Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent as the Great Detective, and so is Martin Freeman as Dr Watson. It’s been especially fun how they’ve danced with some of the original stories — we’ve met Irene Adler, the Baskerville Hound, and the Reichenback Fall.

Wrap Up

TV; the great seducer!Okay, so adding up the damage: Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, NCIS, NCIS:New Orleans, Elementary, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary, Person of Interest (CBS a clear winner here), The Blacklist, Grimm (NBC a loser), Major Crime, Rizzoli & Isles, The Librarians, VEEP, The Brink, Episodes, House of Lies, Homeland, Masters of Sex, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.

Yikes. No wonder this post is so long. That’s 18 one-hour dramas and 4 half-hour comedies. Plus Sherlock (which doesn’t count due to its rarity). So we’re talking about 20 hours (but I didn’t count the shows I’m no longer watching).

With the exception of Sherlock (and to some extent Doctor Who), most come along weekly, although at least two are summer shows (Major Crimes and Rizzoli & Isles).

Which all means that I’m probably watching a bit less TV for my age group. During the summer, baseball games can be as much as 30 or more hours a week (depending on how devoted you are), but during the summer baseball is about all I watch!

CBS eyeBut in any event, I’m not as quite as obsessed with TV as I feared. Or perhaps sound. I do take it pretty seriously, but then I think you have to. It’s a powerful device, and it does affect you. Best to keep an eye on it.

And as I’ve pointed out before, with a long-running show, you can end up spending more time with fictional characters than you might with some of your distant friends or even relatives. I know I’ve spent more time with Captain Picard than with some of my cousins!

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18 responses to “Too Much TV?

  • SelfAwarePatterns

    Wow. You do watch a lot of TV, but it sounds about average for Americans, particularly retired ones.

    Myself, I often keep the TV on in the background (it is right now), but don’t actually pay attention to too many shows. My current list (based on my DVR series list):
    Game of Thrones
    Vikings
    Doctor Who
    Black Sails
    Dark Matter
    Killjoys
    The Universe
    How the Universe Works
    Star Wars Rebels
    NOVA (sporadic)
    Nature (sporadic)

    I will probably be a fan of ‘The Expanse’ when it starts in December.

    Most of these shows have short seasons (~10 episode) so really it isn’t as much as it seems. Right now, none of them are on. (Although Doctor Who starts on Saturday!!!)

    • Wyrd Smythe

      I think in my case it’s more being single than retired. I’m not sure my viewing has gone up since I retired. (It’s even possible it’s gone down due to not needing to veg out in front of the tube after a difficult day.) When I was married, we watched almost no TV at all.

      I also often have the TV on… usually tuned to the MLB Network. 🙂

      Our taste in dramas doesn’t seem to overlap much, just Doctor Who. I think I see your love of history in some of yours. I do watch NOVA sometimes, Nature less often. Sometimes a show’s topic will catch my eye. NOVA disappointed sometimes recently. Either not living up to the show’s topic or title, or in being too shallow and too glitz-filled. NOVA was one of the last science shows I could stomach!

      Some of those high physics shows, Wormholes and Universes and whatnot, are very well-done, but I find I’m not in their target audience. I’ve been reading books, magazine articles, and blogs, by the scientists doing that stuff for many years. The graphics can be very cool, but they’re not enough to hook me.

      [I think it’s true that I absorb factual information better, and for preference, from reading. For most topics, any “PowerPoint” version (so to speak) is necessarily inferior to the “textbook” version. The former always has a worse signal-to-noise ratio, for one thing, and reviewing a video is harder than reviewing a text (and good luck making notes in the margins). Point is, so I tend to be disinclined towards documentaries in general (some catch my interest enough to watch) and inclined towards stories (where the “noise” is part of the signal). Just a personal taste thing.]

      Comcast has all but season one of the new series of Doctor Who available in OnDemand. Chance to re-watch some of those older episodes. Weird the first season, the Christopher Eccleston season, isn’t available. That’s actually the season I’d most like to re-watch!

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        A lot of what’s on the science shows, I already know. But I still like watching them for some reason. And occasionally I learn something new. On Nova, I agree. I said “sporadically” but it’s probably more accurate to say I watch one or two a season.

        On season one of Doctor Who, do you have Netflix? They have the first season. Amazon has it as well, but it’s not included in Prime so you have to pay for each episode.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        No, I don’t. I’m not sure why I’ve never gotten around to getting Netflix, but I never have. Until recently I was more prone to buying TV series and movies I wanted to see, but I finally broke that habit. Now the pressure is even greater. I mentioned I haven’t seen the Avengers movies, and I’m still waiting for Interstellar to come around! I need to get back to the habit of renting movies again… haven’t really done that since the video store days.

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        I actually rent or buy most of my movies now from Amazon. I watched the new Avenger movie this weekend. (Fun with lots of action; very much in the park ride mold; don’t expect a lot of intellectual meaning.) Between that, Netflix, and Hulu, I’m starting to wonder how much I really need the cable (TV) subscription anymore. Without it, I’d have to buy some things (like Doctor Who episodes), and probably get an HBO Now subscription, but the monthly outlays would be a fraction of what they are now.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Yeah, it’s a whole new world out there with streaming video and buying media you leave out in the cloud. Century Link certainly keeps pestering me to dump Comcast, and they have a point!

  • rung2diotimasladder

    I’m with you on the Sherlock shows. Although Lucy Liu gets on my nerves and the whole idea of a female Watson gets on my nerves even more. But I still adore both shows.

    Just read your exchange with SAP. I’m also more of a Netflix fan than regular TV. We don’t have many channels precisely because Netflix has taken over our need for anything other than HBO and PBS.

    I’m recently on a Dexter binge. It’s like Breaking Bad except it moves in the opposite direction; Dexter goes from bad to good in a slow progression.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Hey T! Nice to hear from ya! Hope things are going along okay.

      Do you know what it is about Liu or female Watsons that bug you, or is it just one of those things? (Did you ever watch The Mentalist, and — if so — did the Robin Tunney character bug you?)

      It is probably the case that broadcast TV, and eventually cable as well, will die off or devolve into something no one cares much about anymore. The whole idea of sitting down at a certain time every week to watch a broadcast show seems increasing obsolete in modern life. Sports and other live events (political debates, for e.g.) might be the only time-bound thing, and even those are increasingly available as data streams.

      I’ve never watched Dexter or Breaking Bad. Both are, as I understand it, very well-written shows, but nothing I’ve heard or seen in clips has grabbed my interest. Just one of those things.

      • rung2diotimasladder

        Hey, yeah…I’ve been hiding away a bit, but not on purpose!

        I’m not sure what it is about the female Watson thing, but it could just be that I don’t like Liu. I did catch an episode of the Mentalist, but it didn’t grab me.

        So true about the live events. I think that’s one of those things I prefer to watch on TV rather than streaming online, just because. Also, I think with sports there’s a sense of sharing an event. If I were into watching sports, I’d probably want to do it at a pub so I could enjoy it with others. In fact, my husband and I watched the Republican debate the other day while we were in Bisbee. We ended up staying at an Inn that had a TV upstairs, and some guy came in to watch with us. It was nice sharing that experience, although with political things you don’t get to make all the comments you normally would make when there’s a stranger around. I had to silence all the snarky remarks I would’ve normally let loose.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        I definitely agree that somethings are good to experience in a crowd! The only downside is how often those experiences (for me) have been spoiled by people who don’t know how to behave in public. Especially the really drunk ones!

      • rung2diotimasladder

        So true. On the other hand, my mother would watch WWF (yes, the fake wrestling matches) with her sister and my grandmother and they would all scream at the TV in Korean. And none of them drank. So we’re talking stone-cold sober hysteria. I don’t think they ever fought each other though. 🙂

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Ha! Of course, drunks aren’t the only problem types when it comes to public experiences! I’ve had concerts and baseball games spoiled because some people in the row in front of me [a] didn’t pay as much attention to the event as to each other and [2] chatted throughout the entire event. Why even bother to go?

        Not as annoying, but I think tragic, all those who go to public events and then spend the time fiddling with their eLeash (smart phones). Almost seems like the phones are permanently attached to their hands.

      • rung2diotimasladder

        So true.

        I don’t know how people find so many things to do on their phones. What ARE they doing?

        Maybe I just don’t have as many friends to text, but even if I did, texting is so unnatural for me that I’d end the conversation and say “Talk to you later when I have a proper keyboard.”

        And if they’re not texting, then what could be so interesting? I mean it. I sometimes sit around waiting for an appointment wishing I knew what to do with my phone to occupy some time, but I can never figure out what to do. Check Facebook? There goes five seconds. Then what?

      • Wyrd Smythe

        I think Twitter is really popular with a lot of people. If you follow (? subscribe? I don’t know what Twits call it) to enough people, you probably get Twits all day long. Combine that with Facebook (and other social) chatter, and maybe that’s what they’re up to. But that’s just a guess on my part.

        Studies have shown that smart phone use has much in common with other addictive behaviors (e.g. sex and gambling addictions). It taps into the whole dopamine reward system, and people have indicated they’d give up shoes — even sex — rather than their cell phones.

        There is also what I said earlier about people who go to an event and spend more time chatting than watching. And I’m sure that they can’t all be friends who haven’t talked in a while. Some of them, surely, have been chatting constantly and can continue chatting indefinitely.

        I’ve noted for years how many people can’t seem to make the walk between their work station and their car without making a phone call and chatting during the walk. I have a theory that some people have so little inside their heads that being alone in there is just so boring — or even terrifying. All that emptiness.

        I always valued that alone time between desk and car. I chance to switch modes with no one chirping at me. But then I’m an introvert and a raging misanthrope, so I truly don’t understand the value, or even reason, for constantly being connected with people. Often, I can’t wait to get away from them.

      • rung2diotimasladder

        I like that—Twits, people who do Twitter. (Or Tweet?) Did you make that up?

        I’m just as prone to technological addictions as anyone, but I’ve never understood those people who call or text each other for every little thing…”I’m at the grocery store. Which brand of toilet paper do we get? [insert seemingly endless discussion here] Okay now I’m checking out. Now the guy behind me’s mad for some reason. Jerk. Now I’m getting in the car and coming home. I’m pulling into the driveway. I’m at the doorstep. I’m opening the door right now. I can actually see you. How’s it going? Yeah I’m looking at you right now and you’re looking at me. Looks like you’re busy. Should I call you later?”

      • Wyrd Smythe

        LOL! Exactly. Utterly inane conversation. Talking for the sake of talking, I guess. This is exactly why I think some people are just afraid to be alone with their own thoughts. All the emptiness and echoing must drive them crazy. “Is there anybody in here-here-here-ere-ere-ere-re-re-re…” Nope. Apparently not.

        Whatever. I just really wish there was a law that allowed citizens to run off the road and beat with tire irons those who use those damned things while driving. That should be punishable by some serious actual pain.

        As for Twits, that such an obvious one for those of us who disdain Twitter that, yes, I did “make it up,” but I don’t feel like I can take credit for it. Remind me again, which one are the Twits? The posts or the users? Both? 🐱

        I actually stopped watching Craig Ferguson when he went from disdaining Twitter to embracing it. That and that robot sidekick. Oh, and especially that “horse” (two men in a horse costume). Brilliant man reduced to idiocy by late night TV and I just couldn’t stomach it.

      • rung2diotimasladder

        I believe it goes like this: Twits tweet on Twitter. 🙂

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