As a way of relaxation, most people like to sit in front of the television; they enjoy viewing things that can be entertaining or informative (or both at the same time). Watching TV is like taking a roadtrip minus the car. Just press your remote control and you can see things of different sceneries: dramatic, comedic, creepy, action-packed, etc.
There are two kinds of television: the useful one and the useless one. The useful one feeds our mind with insightful thoughts, while the useless one eats our time by parading a bunch of bullshit (e.g., celebrity gossips).
Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar mostly sees television as a useless one; take note of how he presented the tube in two of his films.
In Hable con ella (Talk to Her), bullfighter Lydia Gonzales was insulted by a showbiz reporter on national TV. Though quite exaggerated, the “grabbing” scene pretty much sums up what tabloid TV is—a piece of trash.
In Volver, a callous TV host mocks a terminally ill Agustina in front of a live audience. We watch with pity as Agustina tries to keep her dignity intact. Here, we see television as a greedy and manipulative medium, robbing you of your sanity ‘til you don’t know whether you are a human being or an animal in a circus.
Although Almodóvar presented the evil side of TV in a rather sugarcoated way, the clarity of his message is so right on.
Nice one, Pedro. Thanks for showing facts through fiction! Ikaw na! :P