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Saturday, 22 October 2016

This Is Why You Need to Watch More Television.

I love lifestyle television. While I appreciate the work the guys at CNN and other news television networks do, I would rather spend my time with TV dramas and TV shows. I watch a lot of TV. I watch the good, the bad and trust me I watch the bizarre.

My point is that television is a part of our lives. The things we see change our view of the world. The reason I don’t watch news television is simply the fact that they pay so much attention to negative events.

Furthermore, News television are about facts and figures. The television I pay attention to are about expanding humanity.

The Oprah Winfrey Show:

Growing up, I learnt a lot watching Oprah on TV.

On the Oprah Winfrey Show:

I listened to Nelson Mandela talk about those 27 years he was locked away because he stood against apartheid in South Africa. That show thought be about Forgiveness.

I also listened to Matthew stepanek, a young boy who was living a full life despite being with a serious health condition. Matthew would have been 26 years old this year. At that time, I thought that all kids, were healthy, like I was. What moved me the most about Matthew was his desire to leave a strong legacy. He was a published author and peace ambassador.

 But perhaps, my most memorable story on the Oprah Winfrey show was about Stacey Halprin. 

Stacey used to be morbidly obese, and she narrated how people would verbally attack her for being the way she was. Whether she was just going for a walk or trying to grab something to eat, the verbal assaults were non-stop. 

 Her story thought me about bullying. 

In one footage (actually, that's where I got the photo on the right from)

Stacy mentioned something remarkable about playing to your strengths: 

“People ask me, Why do you use so much makeup. Why do you spend time trying to look good. And I tell them, because it is all I have. It is all I have”

I have been overweight all my life, and I know people are not very kind to fat people. It is the truth. The fat people that get serious attention have other things going on for them. They are either very smart, very rich, very influential or very something else.

Away from talk shows, I watch TV dramas. Most of them for the suspense, the thrills and their sound tracks. 

From watching Dr. Grey (Grey’s Anatomy) try to save lives, in the most surreal circumstances, I have learnt to take my job as a pharmacist seriously.

From watching shows like How To Get Away With Murder and The Good Wife, I have fallen in love with the practice of law. I have even added words/terms like:

burden of proof
Pro bono publico
quid pro quo.
to my vocabulary.

I have also learnt few tips for  reviewing contracts.

I also have to mention, America’s Next Top Model, because that show inspired me to become a fashion stylist. And I have worked as one for the last five years.

So, I am making a case for TV. We are in a time  where there is so much emphasis on being productive, and squeezing the most out of 24 hours. However there should always be a place for television in our lives.

I have always been attracted to value centered TV programming, because I believe that visual media is one of the most effective ways to give instructions and influence people’s lives.

I don’t keep up with The Kardasians, I keep up with people like Shonda Rhimes and Oprah Winfrey, because they align with my definition of television. A medium for entertaining, for impacting values and for giving instructions.

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