The Brown Book

January 26, 2011

Conversation At Eight

Filed under: Prose, Typecast — Tags: , , — henribergotte @ 12:43 am



  1. That is nicely written. I wonder – had the woman just sat down in front of a television, would she still feel the same? Or would she have noticed? I wonder how many people use the television as a way to avoid dealing with what she is feeling instead of actually trying to do something creative.

    Comment by SnohomishWriter — January 27, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    • I’m not sure if it’s a conscious decision to watch TV as opposed to engaging in creative activity, rather, I feel as though the television has become an everyday part of life for many people. When you couple this with the fact that you can simply ‘turn it on’ and be entertained, over time it becomes difficult to do other things. It’s numbing in a sense, at least, that’s how it seemed to me when I had one. So I guess I’m saying that by not having a television, we are forced to confront things/feelings which might otherwise go unnoticed or repressed.

      Comment by henribergotte — January 28, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

      • Yeah, I see that. I hardly watch television anymore and we only have local channels via antenna anyway. We used to have satellite but I’ve noticed that our family as a whole watches less without it and no one seems to miss it much. I believe there are some education programs but most of the programming is so lame and “numbing”, as you call it. I’d much rather read or work on a typewriter.

        Comment by SnohomishWriter — January 28, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

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