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

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Friday, February 9, 2001, 12:09
>But something just struck me. If a storyteller, a troupe of actors, or >a musician is able to keep a large audience totally silent, we take it >as a sign of great skill or art, and expect people to be improved by >such shared experiences. > >How and why is TV different? Is it? Discuss. >
When watching theatre or similar, any sort of social activity like a discussion would be considered very rude to the actors. When it's TV, the actors will never know what we're doing during the show. Now, this was hardly the "answer" you were looking for, but it does remind one that TV watching and theatre watching aren't completely analogues as the actor-audience relationship is markedly more direct in the second case. Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at