“When TV first was adopted, it was a magical gift. The shows united our culture and the ads fueled a seemingly endless consumer boom.
Today, though, marketers have turned television into an instrument of dissatisfaction. The shows alienate many, because they bring an idealized, expensive world into the homes of people who increasingly can’t afford it. And the ads remind just about everyone that their lives are incomplete and unhappy–unless they buy what’s on offer. Worse, cable news is optimized to shock, frighten and divide the people who watch it.
Social media can amplify all of these downward cycles. It’s TV times 1,000.”
“The engine of our discontent” by Seth Godin
Very TRAPPED IN DEJA VU TV. Seth Godin is one of those writers with a knack for saying a lot with a little and this post is no exception. His blog is worth subscribing to if you’re looking for insights similar to this that touch on culture, media, and marketing but he also writes about business, technology, writing, and thriving as a creator in today’s world.
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