5 Defenses for Going on a Television Bender - Daily Hudson Valley News

5 Defenses for Going on a Television Bender

Jan 8th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

If you’ve ever felt like a loser for opting to stay planted on your couch even though the sun is shining, don’t – the best of us get addicted to great TV shows. In my life, it’s added to my experience of the world. Here’s why:

1. In an age when you have to Tweet every hour just to be noticed, e-mail rarely goes unanswered for more than three hours, and multi-tasking is our greatest skill, there’s something alluring about focusing on one thing for a long time. Nothing else calls for the kind of undivided marathon attention that a captivating show does.

2. Condensing my TV show du jour means that it won’t interrupt my busy days. When I have the time, I plan to get pulled into an episodic; I never get sucked in and miss a deadline. “The Leftovers” took up ten weekend hours when I had the flu – I discovered a deeply thought-provoking story, which isn’t a bad outcome for two days that would’ve otherwise been filled with napping and reality TV.

3. I like being taken out of my comfort zone and finding out how I’d react to situations I’d never face otherwise. I want to be gently exposed to certain walks of life without actually walking them, like living in the slums of Chicago or forming a complicated friendship with a drug kingpin. The things that I hope to do someday don’t intrigue me when they’re on a screen, which is why I can’t get into “The Amazing Race” no matter how hard I try. While I do feel guilty for not being on an adventure while I watch a surfer on TV, I never feel like I’m missing out when Justin Theroux is living in a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

4. As a firm believer that everything from tattooing to filmmaking is a bonafide art, I’m easily tempted into seeing the creative side of things. An article on PsychologyToday.com questioned why Netflix viewers who started streaming “Breaking Bad” ended up watching the whole first season in one session. The answer is simple: because it was that good. Besides a story that immediately hooks you (they had me from the first second, as Walt’s pants glide down over the desert), the acting was stellar, phenomenal, perfect. You couldn’t not watch. That flawlessness of that show encouraged me to read interviews with the writers and the actors, which helped put words to my own thoughts on the art of creating, which then influenced my writing. It reminded me that some projects can be great, not just good, and that some art doesn’t get lost with the rest.

5. Conversations were sparked with friends and family. “Lost” references are still an inside dialogue between me and my friend John. Episodes of “Breaking Bad” were dissected over sushi with my brother. Bulk episodes of “Homeland” were watched at my parents’ house every Sunday after dinner. There’s nothing cheap about cinematography and it’s not silly to bond over shared interests, even if they are fictional.

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Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals through her boutique writing company Poison Apple Ink and runs a lifestyle blog And the Pursuit. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.

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