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The importance of watching soap operas (Was "A DISTURBING ...")

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Thursday, February 8, 2001, 17:23
> >On Wed, 7 Feb 2001, Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote: > > > Funny you should mention it. I just (yesterday or so) watched a > > program (on TV!) about how it affects people to watch TV, soaps in > > particular. > > > > Well, you all know what watching the stuff does. Unless a group is > > extremely motivated otherwise, turning on the TV will kill all > > conversation and reduce them to empty-eyed staring within 15 minutes. > >Really? Turning on the TV, unless it's something I actually want to >watch (Jeopardy...?), is prone to make me go off and do something else. >But then, I've never liked TV much, being a not-very-visual person.
Hm, if it's my little group of geeky friends (they're kind of people who get their physical activity from frenetically typing C++) putting on a movie or show that's anything less than stunningly fantastic tends to lead to an animated discussions of the movie/show's failings. Typical remarks include "NOBODY could survie that", "Obviously she got the job for her looks rather than her acting skills", "You'dn't be able see straight after a hit like that!", "Why are the evil guys always worthless shots?" and "Why can't they have realistic violence"? (This probably also says something about what we use to see ...)
> > > But what surprised the sociologist, and me, was how much time people > > then used the next day to discuss what happened. Her theory is that > > talking about soaps has taken over the function that village gossip > > used to have. > >Really? I could have told you that from listening to my friends. =^) >Mainly because of all the conversations I couldn't follow.
Well, one of my classmates reguarly skips lessons just to not miss "Friends". He's fully capable of going berserk if he thinks on or another of the characters acts immorally ...
> > > And that function is the honing of social skills --- learning to learn > > about how other people work by observing their reactions to and > > opinions about the characters in the soaps. With the ultimate goal of > > finding out who in your family/class/workplace you can put your trust > > in when push comes to shove, and who you should avoid. > > > > So unless you have other ways of learning those skills, or getting > > people to reveal what you need to know about them, it seems it can > > actually be worthwhile to follow the most popular entertainment. > >Or worthwhile to learn *some* form of social skills. <rueful look> God >only knows I *suck* at social situations. It's a form of intelligence I >wish I had! > >YHL
You're not alone. I'm pretty low on EG too, and it doesn't help one bit that there seem to be no such thing as a girl that share my interest in natural science, math, history and linguistics (for some possibly good reason, I know alot of techy/nerdy/downright weird guys who're at least as badly affected as I) ... Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at