TV Is Broken

TV Is Broken

Oh this little story is awesome and mimics my own experiences with my own daughters:

I say all of this to set up the fact that Beatrix has little idea of how traditional TV works and seeing her first real exposure to it was enlightening to say the least.

“Why did you turn the movie off, Daddy?”, Beatrix worriedly asks, as if she has done something wrong and is being punished by having her entertainment interrupted. She thinks that’s what I was doing by rushing for the remote.

“I didn’t turn it off, honey. This is just a commercial. I was turning the volume down because it was so loud. Shrek will come back on in a few minutes” I say.

We have a television set and have basic cable but rarely ever watch it. The “basic” part gives us the local channels and Discovery channel, in essence. For the most part, we stream movies and tv shows from a hard drive to Apple TV or via Netflix, not that my girls watch much of that even.

So their exposure to commercials? Almost none.

When I was 3 years old my mom worked nights so would set me up in front of the television on Saturday mornings to play and watch cartoons. She said I would watch the commercials saying, “I want that!” to every one. Now my girls barely know what a commercial is. Funny how things have changed in 35 years.