The other day in my English class, we touched on a topic that really intrigued me (and no, it wasn’t food). We were discussing an excerpt by Barbara Ehnreich about television in the 1980s and how it has turned society into couch potatoes. She says that you never see people sitting and watching TV on TV. This makes sense, who would like to watch a show about someone who watches a show? It just wouldn’t be popular or worth watching. Watching TV, Ehnreich says, makes people lazy and it has only gotten worse as the years have gone by. However, my teacher brought up a point that people were saying the same things about paperback books when they became popular. This made me think about what happened in the past, what is happening now, and what will happen in the future. As I said before, in the past paperback books were all the rage because technology hadn’t advanced far enough for us to have the electronics that we do today. People would spend hours reading and getting lost in them, causing others to call them lazy because all they were doing all day was reading, not at all contributing to society. Later on, radio in the 20s and then television in the 50s took the place of novels and became all Americans ever did. Nowadays, it is cell phones, specifically social networking. This all makes me wonder what will happen in the future; what will people be addicted to next? What great new thing can scientists and inventors create that becomes a social phenomena? My only hope is that it will be something that can’t be constructed and controlled by technology. Hopefully we revert back to the basics and realize that this is what we needed all along: face-to-face human contact.
Disclaimer: Okay, I know my blog is usually/supposed to be about books but I’m really into this show right now so just bear with me people!
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This show will be the death of me. If you like Star Trek and British television and a little bit of The Time Traveler’s Wife, mix it all together, add a dash of awesome, and you’ve got Doctor Who. This show first aired in 1963 and after a 16 year hiatus they came back in 2005 with a whole new look but the same concept. The Doctor (yes that is his name) is a Time Lord that has to travel around to every corner of the universe and every second of time to help the life forms that need it. He travels in his TARDIS or Time And Relative Dimensions In Space, which looks like a blue police box from the 1950s. The Doctor is an alien who was in a war with the Daleks, another species of alien that was born to kill, and they both lost, completely obliterating the Doctor’s planet, he being the only survivor. It is now his task to help out everyone by traveling alone. However, he meets some companions along the way. The first companion we meet in the new series is Rose Tyler, a spunky blonde Brit who ends up falling in love with the Doctor, with the feelings being reciprocated. I will try not to spoil anything since all seven seasons are now on Hulu for everyone to watch! The Doctor cannot die, which is an advantage and a disadvantage. He regenerates into a different-looking man but he is the same person on the inside and this saves him from dying. The disadvantage to that is he really can’t die. If he finds a companion who is human, he can only be with them for a certain amount of time (he is 900 years old). This is the hamartia of the Doctor-he is forever completely alone. Overall, Doctor Who is a fantastic (oh, someone please get this reference…) TV show and it is a great watch. You can never be bored watching Doctor Who because there is always something exciting happening. You are introduced to new worlds and new people and it will leave you a different person. Personally, it is totally worth your money to create a HuluPlus account or if you like the cheaper route, just find some illegal website to watch it (not that I’m condoning this…). So go on, Allons-y! New adventures are waiting.