“Television is an Idiot Box?”
Well for some reason, I got offended by this phrase. I actually originally heard it from my professor in English and what we were talking about was Reading Strategies. The notes were avoid the following: 1.) Being a passive reader, 2.) The television habit, 3.) The untouched book habit and 4.) The highlighter habit. Well obviously, I’ll try to talk about no. 2, the television habit.
I am really really wondering why the hell my teacher called the television an idiot box so I tried raising a question out of my curiousity or maybe you could call it stupidity. I said, “Ma’am what about watching television but also reading subtitles at the same time, you also do critical thinking right?” — Well, expect the answer of the close-minded people, of course they’ll deny the fact that television is also an educational gadget, of course to those who utilize its extent. I’m actually watching subs so the question is really relevant to my situation. My teacher bluntly said that it doesn’t matter if there is subtitles because television offers you all from thinking to imagination so that causes you not to think at all and there was I mumbling — Are you saying I don’t learn something from watching slice of life and drama genre animes!??! I was so frustrated and kind of ashamed because my classmates laughed at my question, suggesting that it was a foolish question. I really really don’t believe to this phrase because I own an anime blog just to discuss what I have watched. Doesn’t that mean I think and I interact with what I have watched? Bloggers also do some evaluation of the episodes and often of the whole series and sometimes even retrospection.
Well I’m just suggesting here that watching animes with subtitles or even the ones without doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t think while watching or think what’s with the plot. What do they think of viewers? Idiots? Of course all anime watchers have tastes on what animes they should watch and that already depicts that television is not merely an idiot box but could also be an appliance for you think what’s best for you to watch and feed your mind.
I became so upset because the topic today was graphic organizers which tells that readers could even more understand what the article/ selection says if it is illustrated or represented through symbols and drawings — which I really think could be connected to animes. If graphic organizers work for critical thinkers, doesn’t that mean anime does? Because animes are practically visualized and set into motion pictures that are found in a book. Does critical thinkers suggest that they prefer graphic organizers such as flow charts when you could turn that flow chart into series of events that even portray the characters on it??? It is very absurd.
Maybe this teacher of mine is just a reaal nerd that she doesn’t even have the time to watch television programs. As for that, I intend to turn this into an essay in her subject so maybe she could realize a little bit. (Well, I’m not pretty sure If I have the guts to do it.)
You there reading this post, Do you agree that watching animes doesn’t really require critical thinking anymore? Me? I don’t think so. After all, I did this blog.