TV Bites With
You hear it more and more
these days on informative television shows such as the nightly news, news
magazines, tabloid shows and even on documentaries: "If you want more
information, just click on our website". Does this make sense to you? For a
television program to almost insist I turn off the TV and run to my
computer? It would makes sense, perhaps, if a piece was in-depth in nature and
one was simply being directed to the website if one wanted even more
information. In fact, that would be perfect. But information series seem to be
making their segments shorter and shorter in order to cram in more and more,
thus merely whetting the appetite for more information. They solve this by
telling people to go somewhere else.
I don't understand this trend at all. Sure, most people have access to the
Internet from somewhere (even if it's not from home), but most people watch TV
to be entertained and/or informed - not to get directions to website addresses.
And, if you're like most people, the Internet - like TV - is a form of
entertainment. Bearing that in mind, you would think TV would be competing
with the Internet, not encouraging people to go away and surf the 'Net!
TV is also becoming irresponsible because of their websites. As news pieces get
shorter, important information seems to be becoming scarcer. Case in point: I
was watching a national newscast in which there was a piece about a town dealing
with contaminated water due to the mismanagement of a sewage plant. I was
stunned when, after a brief "a bunch of people are sick and dying",
the anchor said if you wanted more information about signs and symptoms of a
potentially deadly bacteria and what do to about it, go to the website. Then
they moved on to an insipid bit on what the President was doing (and there was
no website reference to go with THAT segment). Excuse me? I could DIE from
something and you're not going to tell me anything about it? Isn't that was the
news is FOR?
Information isn't the only thing TV is trying to sell you over the Internet.
More and more, they're hawking merchandise by running a full color banner along
the bottom of the screen during any number of different types of series, just
begging you to click on their website. You almost have to have a computer
sitting beside you in order to watch TV at all these days. Can you just imagine?
Sitting in front of your TV, reclining in your recliner, drink in hand, dog at
feet....computer on lap. Yeah, right. Why would any non-geek with half a brain
want to do this?
Website references on TV are becoming an increasing annoyance. Just as you're
becoming interested in a story about one thing or another - BAM! - it's cut off
and you're told to go the 'Net. If I wanted to get information from the
Internet, I know where to go and how to get it - I don't need (nor want) TV
People telling me. However, If I'm watching television, I want to WATCH
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