American Gangster

American Gangster. Just watched this movie on TV at home. Yes, I finally got TV. I’ve been living without TV for 11 years. I’ll tell you what. I barely missed a damn thing! Life without TV is quite possible and in a way, it’s interesting because in a sense it’s very freeing. No longer are we attached to this object which seems to become our source of, well, everything! I’m not sure TV is necessarily a bad thing, but it depends on what you watch.

It’s definitely a pretty passive experience though some action is necessary on the part of the watcher to pay attention to what is being said, the plot, or the storyline of whatever is on. Especially when you watch a movie on TV, I doubt if it’s much different from experiencing it in a theater or in any other way. I’m thinking reading is a more interactive experience, but perhaps I’m wrong and that’s just as passive as TV.

An interesting finding is that violence usually goes way up in any society about 10-15 years after the introduction of TV. The 10-15 year lag is probably due to the lag time it takes for children who grow up on TV to become adults where they are capable of committing crimes. This finding has been replicated in a number of separate countries. No one is quite sure why this effect occurs.

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