Simpsons Writer Gets Sweet Vengeance -

Simpsons Writer Gets Sweet Vengeance


Matt Selman, who has been writing for The Simpsons in every season since season 9 (or in hard-core fan terms, “all the seasons except the really great ones”) tells how his Simpsons connections gave him the perfect set-up for revenge on one of those snobby “I don’t even own a TV set” types. It’s as close as any show-business person is going to get, in real life, to Woody Allen’s trick of producing Marshall McCluhan to tell off a pretentious film snob.

I will say, though, that though this particular guy was using “I don’t own a TV set” in the traditional sense of the term (to mean “I am superior to you because I refuse to soil my mind on cathode rays”) we’re approaching a point where someone could say the exact same thing and actually not be a snob. It’s perfectly possible for someone with no TV set to watch more shows than someone who owns a set, and it’s going to get more and more possible as time goes on. What I’m saying is that the value of “I don’t own a TV set” to anti-TV snobs will soon be greatly diminished, because you’ll have even huge television fans who don’t bother to own sets. What will the snobs say then? “I don’t download TV shows on my computer” doesn’t have the same ring at all.

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Simpsons Writer Gets Sweet Vengeance

  1. "we're approaching a point where someone could say the exact same thing and actually not be a snob."

    I got friends who have reached that state. They are big tv watchers but canceled the cable the other month once they realized they were downloading way more shows than watching them live on the telly.

  2. I like "I refuse to soil my mind on cathode rays" and hope that sticks. If we can still say "dialled the phone," why not?

  3. This made me laugh. Way to go, Mr. Selman.

    But I must protest. Not all non-tv-watchers/owners are snobs.

    As a non-cable subscriber (in effect, a tv but no tv except on DVD and internet), I choose not to have cable because it is really expensive, as it is cheaper to rent/stream whatever I like. Also, I watch less garbage (and ads!) when nothing good is on…because, like junk food, if it is there, I will consume it. It can also become embarrassing and must be explained when I am not up to speed on the latest pop culture/reality show reference.

    That said, I am always on the lookout for the latest new season that I can watch on DVD or on the internet. Basically, what I sacrifice in immediacy, I can make up for in a high-quality ratio (though based mainly on word of mouth) since I would otherwise just be mouth-agape watching Style by Jury or some god-awful daytime talk show. Anyone have any suggestions? On deck: Firefly and MadMen. I hear they are good?

    Point is: I hope we are not all snobs. And I love the Simpsons.

  4. I too hope my 'I don't have cable' status doesn't make me a snob, even though I seem to inevitably mention it when people talk as if I've naturally seen some cable show.

    Like the guy above, for me it's a result of a cost-benefit analysis. I have a nice TV, great digital reception through my rabbit ears, I subscribe to Netflix, and I follow multiple network shows, so I'm already not at a shortage for television to watch. Cable would cost me upwards of $40 a month, and would just give me another way to waste time apart from the internet. Some shows I don't miss, and those that I do I can either watch online or wait to rent the DVD.

    I do very much miss having a DVR, though. It'd be so much nicer if I could timeshift some of the shows I watch.

    And yes, Firefly is good.