I really hate that watching TV is associated with being lazy and boring while reading books is associated with being smart and profound. Both are really fucking great ways of telling stories and if you find a story that moves you, whether it’s a 900 page novel, a tv show, a film, a comic, or a sentence engraved on a slice of bread IT IS WORTHY OF YOUR TIME!!
Oh, i always understood this sentiment as “you can’t learn advanced level stuff by watching tv”, which is true of course. Nothing wrong with storytelling though. If you’re comparing storytelling modes and summarily dismiss an entire medium, chances are you’re a dumdum, and you really need to read more books, but better ones.