Growing up in the 1970s I watched as much TV as humanly possible. When we had important visitors to the house my mum would merely turn down the volume, and by the time we went to bed you could have fried an egg on the screen. Half a century on, the only thing that has changed is I watch even more of it. But all my adult life, since I began mixing with upper-middle class people, I have met many a TV snob.
Was reading this with First Dates on in the background. I am commenting now with goggle box reflecting on The Queue. I'm happy with my life. Cheers Julie!
haha! I was a mad Neighbours fan... mostly because it was such an institution here.
Here we get the "I only watch the ABC". Same version of the same snobbery.
I watch junk TV (and love sitcoms in particular) mostly because I spent so much of my day doing stressful/heavy brain work... I just want to do anything that switches it off. I have found that TV snobs are usually people who don't work in jobs where they are constantly having to think/write/research etc. Everyone I know who does, likes easy TV.
That said, I don't really watch FTA TV anymore, but it applies to streaming as well.
love your work.
I don't watch TV, but not because I'm a snob... I have a TV, but I'm a gamer. I love it. People look down their nose as if that's a stoner bum thing to do, but it's my thing.
As a "non-television watcher", relatively-speaking, who grew up with the TV being carefully metered and always wanting more, I also laughed. "I don't even own a TV!" -oh, shove off
I of course do watch television, not just movies, and not just "premium serials" either. Though I will say that if you have ever tried to watch American *broadcast* television, especially in the desperate last decade, you might become a bit of a snob yourself. The number of commercials and the generally insane, dystopian programming schedule can't be compared to what I've seen of British commercial channels. But there's more to television than that.
Here the equivalent of the Radio 4 listener is the NPR listener who believes that by listening to a few snippets of carefully-curated opinions on current affairs, with dissent either non-existent or limited to a keyhole-sized spread, they have become well-informed on all manner of subjects. The idea that the median NPR presenter's opinion might simply be wrong or indeed harmful is unthinkable. As is the thought that you might benefit from hearing the basis of the opinions of people you radically disagree with, and not soft-filtered through disapproving noises, while devoting 3/4 of the time to rebuttal.
They sound like people who are insecure, intellectually and otherwise. Claims of spending so much time on high minded pursuits they don't have time to watch TV are questionable. In reality, they might spend less time reading Proust than they do watching Netflix and stuff like I'm a Celebrity
Fantastic. Beautifully put. I like the swearing too. I am a terrible TV snob - we don't have a set, thank you. And I agree with every word. Best wishes, Lloyd Evans
Try working in telly (and light entertainment in particular) - the regularity with which people say 'I don't watch tv' while making it clear how superior it makes them feel is staggering - and SO rude! Yoga, opera etc - all very well but TV opens up entire new worlds - and they are worlds that the 'no tv' brigade could often really benefit from being exposed to. (and I revel in their horror when I tell them how brilliant Corrie is).
That episode of Footballers Wives will live with me forever
😂😂😂 Oh Julie. I do wish you wouldn't hold back. 😂😂😂
Made us laugh out loud. ❤️
This is brilliant, Julie.
As an avid 'Strictly' fan, the snobbery is particularly rife this time of year.
Oh. I thought we were compatible. Apart from my averagely sized personal issue. It would seem not!