roband wrote:Again, I can only assume.
Also, I had every reason to believe American TV was realistic. UK folk can back me up that Byker Grove was totally on point with real life.
Problem - People say America (in reference to the US) when they should say a specific state or region (as they are referencing a specific American subculture)
It does help to explain why so many Americans say Europe and try to talk about the universal European culture - because we live in a space about the same size as Europe that has a unified culture. We also have subcultures that start at Region level and go all the way down to Neighborhood level (Louisville-specific, The Highlands are College-age Potheads, Germantown is where they buy their first house if they're staying potheads, PRP is where the White Trash live, etc. Germantown culture is similar to but different from Smoketown culture, both of which are completely different from Jeffersontown culture)
Europeans start at what we'd use as State Level culture and work down from there. While they do reference things similar to our Regional culture (Scandinavia, Balkan) it's rarer, and it's uncommon to hear a European speaking of European culture as a whole, unless making a specific point as to how all of the European Countries do X to the USA's Y.
So yeah, my TV experience was likely not dissimilar from yours in that I'd turn the TV on and see shit taking place that I'd never see in real life. Difference is you had an ocean separating you from where the events were supposedly happening, I just had a few states.
Then again, things like this
are just now making the rounds on the internet when that's the sort of thing I tried to talk my dad into letting me do in the late 80s to his wisely saying "I did that as a kid and it was fun until Tom got hurt so.... no. You can't"
And for the record, operating a piece of equipment like that is exactly as fun as it looks. Which is to say, if it looks boring, you'd be bored. If it looks fucking AWESOME, you're gonna have a good time.