Time and Acting
On a flight home there was a weekday evening sitcom being shown. I watched it for a couple of minutes. Doesn’t matter what show was actually being viewed. Some kind of comedy I think. But what is the take-away?
Millions of people watch and at some level believe the characters are real. They (the views) know that the characters being portrayed are fake, but after they watch for a few weeks, they start to identify with the characters as if the characters are real.
What does that say about us as we repeatedly watch actors pretending to be someone that they are not?
Why is it that on some level we start to talk about these fake character as if they are real?
How often do people say they don’t have enough time to do “[fill in the blank]”, yet spend hours a week watching people pretending to be someone they are not. Is this similar to why people slow down to see an accident along the road?
Why do people idolize actors and actresses who are good at pretending?
IF TIME IS THE MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY IN THE UNIVERSE…
Are we treating it (time) that way?
I’m not saying all television is bad. I like to watch a movie once in a while or a sporting event or special program. Some programs where I learn something (DIY, gardening, etc.). But I try to be conscious of the decision on how I am using my time.
What I am asking is this –
Are you replacing real life experiences with someone else’s idea of what or how people “should” act (that’s what actors/actresses do), or are you aware that those “characters” you are identifying with are not real?
Have you watched that “character” so many times that on some level you start to talk about the characters like they are real people??
Please use that “commodity” wisely.