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Just the other day i was talking to someone and told me not to worry. He said "We can rebuild him. We have the technology...." and he continued. I stopped him and asked him where that was from. Something told me that i recognized it, yet i didn't know what it was. He then repeated it and started singing the theme song, which i did not remember.

I asked him when was the last time he saw Max Payne's predecessor (though, he probably knows not of Max Payne) and he responded probably about twenty years. I then repeated what i've been saying a lot, i heard from my younger brother, and has been echoed for quite some time now, "TV never leaves you". Never. Ever.

We then talked about why. He said that he heard a good explanation, that with tv one gives himself totally over to it. As if he removes his conciousness and asks the TV to run it for a while. And, such devotion always leaves its mark. Perhaps.

I am wondering if it's because we don't necesarily want to leave. Even if we recognize it as being "bad", we aren't disgusted at it. So, remembering an old show is a slight attachment. Hmm...

Bah! I remember such stupid things from the seventies and eighties. When playing Trivial Pursuit is someone mentions that they got a piece of the pie, i start thinking "Cus we're a movin' on up (movin' on up)". (I can't even stop it right now!) Or, if someone says "Hmmm" i many times think of Don Herbert. And the word "deal" reminds me of the "Most Annoying Commercial Ever" which was for a local car dealership. And who can forget Meow Mix's meow song? Clap-on, Clap-off, and the Sure card. It goes on and on.

TV never leaves you.

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Verbiage: TV never leaves you.

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  • I think you're right (or possibly: I think your brother's right): TV never leaves you.

    Especially the programmes you see/saw for the first time as a child. I think it's partly its repetitive aspect. For some obscure and inexplicable reason, it appears that with enough repetition almost anything can be found to contain gems of interest, be they quirky quotations, funny gestures, memorable moments to refer to. A sort of social adhesive? A cultural identikit/identity?

    Maybe it's the way that one often doesn't
    • I think it's partly its repetitive aspect.

      People seem to remember movies they have only seen once as well. Most notably, the effect it had on them. As people who saw "The Blob" when it came out reportedly still get scared in the same way.

      I'll have to think about the repetitive aspect. I'll have to think about the repetitive aspect. But my gut feeling is that it doesn't play as important a role. More that the devotion does the main damage, repetition perhaps, cleans up some of the fine details.
      • People seem to remember movies they have only seen once as well. Most notably, the effect it had on them. As people who saw "The Blob" when it came out reportedly still get scared in the same way.

        Admittedly, I remember seeing Alien and being scared witless: years afterwards I could still remember almost every scene of the entire film and I could definitely remember how it made me feel. So obviously I agree with that. However, I didn't see it on TV, but at the cinema. And in my post I wasn't referring to

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