As series and cinema geek, I often get the “don’t you have anything better to do” speech
But what people do not realize is that movies and TV shows got a lot to teach.
I’m not even referring to clever movies like Tree of Life, Departures or La Chinoise.
I would never have heard about Mencken’s Chrestomathies without Gilmore Girls,
I googled Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to know more about them after I saw You’ve got mail,
And I wouldn’t know how to cook mushrooms properly without Julie&Julia important detail.
I read Henry James after Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts’ Notting Hill romance
And I want to read Truman Capote ever since they talked about it in Save the last dance.
I learned about a Picasso portrait with Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris
And thanks to Kate & Leopold, I know about the elevator brand: Otis.
I could go for hours but I think you got my point: watching a screen is never useless.
This way I built myself a little general knowledge batch, everybody has one in the US.