“So, how did the Barstows reach out and possess people?” This question can be redirected to the people (including me) who have been so addicted to the televisual experience. For most part, I think TV’s relatability comes from the fact that it has a tendency to mimic society as we know it. TV can be the alluring dream we only wish we had and at the same time it can show the reality people live day in day out. “This is all about showing people what they want to see and telling them what they want to hear.” This line basically sums everything in the “alluring section” of television. For the things reality cannot offer as of the moment, people tend to substitute it with the magic that streamlines television viewing.

Given that TV is an irony of sorts, here is some contrast: “No one around here was who they pretended to be, and most of them weren’t even the people they seemed to be behind the obvious pretence at being someone else again. The onion layers peeled off, and there were sour little cores in the middle.” The Barstows might be an exaggerated example of such caveat, but some fact does lie beneath the fiction. There is a fine line that separates the reality of television as a concept and medium from the fiction of the actual story. The important thing is for the viewer to develop a sense of where that line stands in order for them to make best use of the viewing experience.

We have a duty to our viewers. They depend on us to take them out of their drab, wretched lives for two brief half-hours a week. Half-hours of entertainment, of education, of magic.  I think that society must revert from indifference when it comes to the importance of television. Although “drab, wretched lives” are neither a requirement nor an excuse, the general public is becoming more aware of the more intrinsic values of television. In some degrees, TV viewing is an art, a commitment, and a leisure.

“Eventually there would be only television. More and more of it, expanding to fill the unused spaces in the general consciousness.” This line can be a reason why this television class is essential and relevant. Since we experience television in all physical dimensions and all facets of culture, it is just right to learn the methods to the madness. It is not anymore constrained to witless material or cheap laughs. TV can be expressed in the multimedia scene, the arts, and can even tackle the politics that encompasses society today. It manages to be relevant and still somehow revolutionary. I think that’s why even as times and technology progress, nothing beats some good television when all else in this fast paced world falls away.

“All that belief has to mean something, has to do something, has to go somewhere!”Indeed, all the things we get from watching TV does something far greater than the confines of a television set. Television raises questions, instigates conversation, encourages thought and criticism, and most especially, moves us,the people it has so greatly affected—forward.