Saying "I Don't Watch Television" Does Not Make You Cool Anymore

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Admittedly, that headline is a bit of a lie because saying that you don't watch television has literally never been cool. Ever. So if you claim to not watch television, please be advised that not only is no one impressed, but we're reaching the point where we actively wonder why you are shutting yourself out from the world.

First of all...what is television? That's a legitimate question in this day and age. What constitutes watching TV?

For instance, my favorite television show of all time is Doctor Who, and you can bet all rondels in TARDIS console room I will be tuning in at exactly 8 p.m. on Saturday to watch Peter Capaldi debut. That's not how I started watching the show, though. I started watching it streaming on my Wii through Netflix, gulping down five years of serial science fiction in roughly a few weeks. Was that watching television? How exactly is it different from all the documentaries and movies I otherwise watch through Netflix streaming?

Here's another question that Doctor Who helps illustrate. When the show is off the air, I often pick up books that continue the adventures. Am I still watching television, or have I graduated to reading? How do the radio plays fit in? In that last case, I'm hipsterishly enjoying an art form that predates television, yet it exists because of a television show.

That's the problem when you say you don't watch television in the age of Amazon Prime and Hulu; it is an almost completely meaningless statement because of the cloud-like nature of modern entertainment.

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Orange is the New Black is a Netflix exclusive. Is it television? Video Game High School and Mortal Kombat: Legacy are web series, but I watch through my YouTube app on PS4 on my TV. I'm seriously asking where you draw the line on what counts.

Lots of people mean they don't get the news from television, which would make you part of only 13 percent of Americans. Still, I can get that. I don't watch my local news outside of severe weather coverage myself. I prefer to get it from Yahoo! News because I like being able to read information at my own pace rather than have it read to me.

Also, I'm an ignorant comment junkie and Yahoo! News is the black tar heroin of ignorant commenters.

So I might do that, but I still catch up with The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver when I find the time. Mostly I find the time online during my lunch break, when I can easily digest a 15-minute clip.

Make no mistake, people will look back on us 100 years from now and hold up Stewart, Colbert and Oliver as the Voltaires of the American 21st century. There hasn't been such biting contemporary commentary on politics and events since Mark Twain, and he never had the ability to instantly stream his snark around the world.

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4 comments
JeryWith1R
JeryWith1R

Of course someone who bills himself as "Jef with one F" would write an article about what is or isn't cool. This is exactly the kind of article one would expect from someone who is *soooooooo different*. Please. People aren't watching television as much because they have other interests. They don't say they don't watch television because they give a shit about what you think of them, or elevating themselves as cool, they're likely saying it because you're trying to steer the conversation about television, and they have nothing to add because they don't watch it. They don't want to be apart of a one-way conversation with you. Also, you're likely detestable because you worry about what is and isn't cool.

Nicki Stacy
Nicki Stacy

Ignorant comment junkie....I love it. Haha. Me too, just never knew what it was called!

Justin Danger Bathsalt's
Justin Danger Bathsalt's

This is a two way street, if your idea of a good night in is "cuddling on the couch watching netflix" youre actually a boring person wasting your life watching TV.

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C051n3blu3

It depends who your cuddling with and what your watching.  Excuse me please, but nestling in a bottle of wine and a funny female while watching "The Girl Who Waited" episode of Doctor Who would not be a waste of my life...it would be a highlight.

Douche.

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