Bleedin\’ Communitarians

There\’s also a cultural objection to the new ways of seeing, which is the one Davies makes. The biggest defining feature that TV has had, in comparison with other art forms such as theatre, film and literature, is that millions of people watched the programmes at precisely the same moment – in the way they still do for a football match or news of a terrorist attack. And every format had its own time of day – breakfast, afternoon, evening, late night – or of the week: a Saturday-night drama being tangibly different from a Sunday-night one, for instance.

Is TV being seduced too easily by new technology into losing its most unique aspect – community consumption?

There really must be better things tto do with one\’s time than think, write, or read about how we don\’t all watch TV programs at the same time.

The atomisation of society, cultural alienation, the anomie of modernity…..all because we watch Dr. Who at different times.


9 thoughts on “Bleedin\’ Communitarians”

  1. He doesn’t say why this is necessarily a bad thing though. He just assumes it must be, but offers no evidence why.

    I just don’t get it….

  2. This is not the first of this sort of thing I’ve seen.

    It must be a good decade ago that I read some comment to the effect that computers and video games were atomizing families because they no longer all sat down to watch the TV together.

  3. “I just don’t get it….”

    Here’s a thought: If the BBC isn’t about “bringing the nation together”, then one of the justifications for the license fee disappears.

  4. Oh, yes, I figured it was protectionism of some kind. Just thought it odd that there was no attempt to explain at all, as if no-one would notice that examples were missing…!

  5. It is good to watch things together but I’m more interested if my neighbours have seen what I’ve seen, not whether they watched it at the same time. But that’s the problem of course, they’ve got alternatives they could watch instead. It all used to be so much better, back before there choice was invented.

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