"Living" telly bypasses tech

"Living" telly bypasses tech

I was at a little bit of a loose end at the weekend. Not much to do and most of the day to do it in. So, there I was, lounging on the sofa, Sky remote at the ready. I flicked through all the usual suspects – Sports, NatGeo, History Channel, UKTV ... nothing. Not even the Cartoon Network had much to offer.

Then I spotted the Living Channel. Something new for me. Living. Hm. Now that sounded just the ticket and surely worth a look. Technology is part of living … right?

Well, it is for me. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it is my life, but I certainly couldn’t lead the life I do without it. I’m guessing it is the same sort of scenario for most of us.

Some bright spark has worked out that during an average day we depend on 264 computers doing their job to get us through the day. Two hundred and sixty-four!

That does sound a lot. In fact, it sounds far too many for comfort, especially when we would all like to think we have some measure of control and influence over what we do (and what would happen if they all went wrong).

But, unless you’ve made a conscious effort to opt out of these things and move to Great Barrier Island or deepest Fiordland, I guess it is always going to be part and parcel of life; from the obvious stuff like PCs and laptops, printers, cameras and cellphones, through to planes, trains and automobiles, to toys, traffic management, even fridges ... and that won’t be changing anytime soon.

Clearly, it is ingrained. Technology for life. Technology is life. It is about living ...

Trouble is no one seems to have told the Living Channel.

Yoga. Gardening. Holidays. Organic Gardening. Antiques. Vegetable gardens. Scrapbooking. Parenting. Eating. DIY. Spotted anything to do with technology yet? No, me neither.

Embarrassing illnesses. A passion for plants. A place in the sun. Cash in the attic. Better homes and Wedding belles … but not a bit or a byte in sight.

For sure, these are all worthy pursuits, although not really my cup of tea. They’re about life – yep, I got it. What I’m talking about here, though, is a rounded view of “living” as opposed to, shall we say, just the fluffy stuff for retirees and watchers of daytime telly. Of course, therein lies the point. Those with a penchant for tech stuff are more likely to be: working, playing computer games, surfing the web or fiddling with the latest gadget.

Okay, so let’s give the Selective-Living Channel a break. Instead, my vote goes for a channel devoted to technology … which streams online at our convenience, naturally. There’s a channel for comedy. One for arts. Animals. Crime and Investigation. There is even one for food. Why not technology? Surely it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find the connection – and you would be hard pushed to find anything to do with rockets or science on the dear old Living Channel.

Tech TV. Has a ring to it, don’t you think?

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