Not Watching TV

Jack Goblin By Jack Goblin, 7th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A few words about what life is like when you cut the television habit.

A few years ago...

...I reached a decision. I was only watching TV for a few shows and the daily news. At the same time my cable bill was going up and up. I was paying a considerable amount of money for access to channels and programs I had no interest in. So I called up my cable service and said "Thanks for previous services, but please terminate them."

Being without the 'Boob Tube' was a bit disorienting at first. Breaking news I could get over the radio and from the Internet. Other news and more in depth coverage, from newspapers and articles. But entertainment was suddenly no longer being presented on a silver platter. In ten to 15 minute sequential increments I'd watch passively. I could of course download TV episodes (where available) and play them on my computer; but a funny thing happened. Once it became work to have to watch TV shows, very few of them seemed worth the effort. Particularly when I soon realized that not watching TV freed up time to do other things. Like surf the Internet. Or write articles. Or read books. Or clean. Although plowing through the waves with Hornblower on the way to risk life and limb against Bonaparte's might is a lot more entertaining than vacuuming the carpets...

And not watching TV leads to an odd detachment, a means of looking at American society from the outside, so to speak. Much of what people talk about and feel is important, comes across as... odd. For example, Kim Kardashian, Honey Boo Boo, Breaking Bad, Dancing with the Stars: From news stories I know what each of these are. And can tell why one is popular. The others... Not to be supercilious, but some things are just hard to understand. You apparently have to be there.

I am sure I am missing a good deal of well written, well acted, and compelling drama, comedy, and romance by not watching TV. This is my loss. I am also sure I am missing a lot of shows that frankly I am better off not seeing, although I still hear about many of them. This is my gain. Whether the gain balances the loss, I do not know. But one thing I do know is that by not watching TV, I am spared ever again accidentally tuning in to Toddlers and Tiaras.


American Culture, Breaking Bad, Cable, Programs, Television, Toddlers And Tiaras

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
7th Oct 2013 (#)

I have a TV and never watch it since 2011 although once in a way a DVD or a music video.

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author avatar micheal
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Its good to not watch TV to much, well written.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
15th Oct 2013 (#)

I have tried that for a period. Not much I missed. you can have new online :)

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