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 Mr. Ivan
Joined: 3/13/2006
Msg: 61
you choose to not watch tv... why?Page 3 of 5    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
There's nothing good to watch on TV anymore. I only got like a few favorite shows and I don't want to have anymore. And TV is censored. I don't like that.
 TheReason_
Joined: 9/19/2007
Msg: 62
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 7/28/2008 5:49:04 PM
Cancelled the dish. Any news I can either find on the net, YouTube the next day, or in the newspaper. I do enjoy watching movies though (126" Projector, full on surround sound etc)


:)
 jonibgood
Joined: 5/9/2008
Msg: 63
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 7/28/2008 6:58:25 PM
We had a house fire when child #4 was 4 months old. Since we were going to be out of our house for a while we cancelled cable, without which there is NO (zero, nada, zilch) TV reception. When we moved back in we decided not to get cable again. The older kids, who were 8, 6 and 2 at the time, would actually get "lost" inside a TV program and not even realize when someone was talking to them! Plus, when mom & dad were at work, we had no control over what the nanny let them watch.

It's now been over 13 years without TV. We have a DVD library, including Family videos, so when we want to watch something we can.

Earlier this month, my 2 youngest and I had a 3-week visit with family, where the boys had access to TV (not cable). I was amazed at the trash that abounds on daytime TV! It was a good lesson for the boys as to why we don't "indulge" at home.

I know there are good programs available. Personally, I like the HGTV (home improvement) and Food channels (I saw them when I was hospitalized). But, other than those I saw NOTHING on the 70+ channels that would cause me to sign up for cable again. Everything seemed to be Court TV, reality shows of all types, and, of course, the Jerry Springer/Montel/Maury Povich/Steve Wilcos "garbage" programs that want you to believe that everybody in the world is a cheater/pedophile/druggie/gang member.

Now, if cable offered me a menu I could choose a few channels from and only be charged for those - I might go for it. Otherwise, I'll stick with my DVD's!
 TheS0urce1969
Joined: 7/21/2008
Msg: 64
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 7/29/2008 1:10:32 AM
My father told me one of his friends calls the tv the dumb box. My father's friends kids all did well in school and they had no tv. Eventually they had a computer but they had no tv or cable to watch shows. They have done studies how tv makes you brain dead. You lose concentration. I unplugged my tv and I hope never turn it on I can watch movies on my computer which has better sound anyways :P
 TradurGurl
Joined: 8/21/2007
Msg: 65
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 7/29/2008 1:06:29 PM
When I used to rent a room in my house I had more than one roommate who prided herself on being "too intelligent" to watch TV, so she didn't have one

Within a week of her moving in, she would be invariably addicted to watching the TV in my living room. And it would always be shows like "Reality" TV or the soaps.


This meant that if I had male guests over, we couldn't sit in the living room, and I didn't want to use my Bedroom if I didn't know them well. Or else, I was the "Old Meanie" who wanted her to go somewhere else so I could entertain in my own house.

The last roommate I had like that was during the 9/11 occurrance. When it dawned on her that she didn't have a clue about ANYTHING that was going on in the world because she never read the news or watched it on TV, she finally bought one of her own. She had free cable in her room anyway, so why not?

Howver, I'm not "too good" to confess to a coupla guilty pleasures of my own -- Spongebob and the Simpsons
 Mr H2O
Joined: 10/31/2006
Msg: 67
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 7/30/2008 3:30:34 PM
http://www.sourcewatch.org ------be afraid, be very afraid of where your news originates

Sourcewatch documents the PR and propaganda activities of public relations firms
and public relations professionals engaged in managing and manipulating
public perception, opinion and policy.

SourceWatch also includes profiles on think tanks, industry-funded organizations
and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion
and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests.
 bhbeput
Joined: 11/22/2007
Msg: 68
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 7/30/2008 3:34:04 PM
very true. This years prime example is the Canadian Governments controlof the media events surrounding ecological classification of the polar bear.

The Conservatives needed to keep face about how green they were so decided to talk about the polar bears and their still rising iminent threat of habitat reduction, warmer temperatures and affects to their food chains.
They went from some sort of protected species by their reports to our press to an endagered species on US reports. So naturally we did what they told us, what we would always do. Classified them correctly and promptly produced a CBC report on the plight of the Polar Bear. In this Documentary they show how some bears the ones who have the energy are going off into the Arctic Ocean looking for a new home thought of to either drown or get eaten by Whales.

One week after you stopped hearing about the Polar Bears and the story kind of died down is when the real fun starts. BBC reported a situation of how in Iceland, not a native home of the polar bear one of them landed on their shores. Because of its size and looks, it scared citizens who called local police. Skipp the details.. The fianl scene of the report was families gathering for photo opps with the cop, gun and corpse, of this transarctic national symbol laying on the ground having children stepping on its head, Icelandic flags waved with glory.

Happiest years of my young life were without a television. I read the bible instead.
I think the demand for what we watched would change dramatically and issues like ownership of media and entertainment programming staying seperate would be job one if we weren't allowed to watch tv until we had finished the good book. Now I realize why Family Guy is 100% illegal in four countries.

Tv or viewing screens are a powerful force which might be used till the end of time in human life. We cant avoid them inevitabley but we can write letters and complain for better and more programming, but if we did they might not have invented DR.House.

I propose that in a digital box programming world we pass a global law requiring each country to carry a minimum 500 channels made up of at least two sources from every country in the world. This will do more to access the people promoting peace in this world to convey their ideas publicly and specifically. Its powers can be for good, but until we own the power to do the right thing with TV. we must endour through these times, remain faithful and remember our history.
 sunnydays89
Joined: 7/16/2008
Msg: 70
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 7/31/2008 12:00:02 AM
Me I am very simple.... I watch the news... Very rarely I watch something else... If I had kids they would be banned from t.v I would make them run outside and yes I would have a farm
 TradurGurl
Joined: 8/21/2007
Msg: 71
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 8/2/2008 7:31:22 AM
tradurgurl... do you really believe you do have a clue about ANYTHING by reading or watching mainstream news?

only what they want you to believe,


No, I don't think ANYBODY who limits themselves to mainstream news has a clue. Generally, it IS stupid, slanted, and ridden with fallacies. Plus, if you watch it in Dallas are most of it is about gansta's and people killing each other. (I moved out of Dallas to get AWAY from that!) Also, have you ever noticed that network news is frequently about a day or two behind Cable news?

There are some good cable news shows that I watch, and I do watch more than 1 point of view. I also have to watch Congressional hearings, Bloomberg Market updates, and even foreign news broadcasest hearings sometimes, as part of my job.

Some people read the newspapers, but they are just as bad. People get input from the internet, too, but a LOT of them just read one or two sites with their OWN slatnts -- or worse yet -- blogs written by other uniformed individuals , that are full of rumors.

What kind of news mediums do YOU use in order to have a clue? Or do you?
 practicallyperfect
Joined: 9/7/2007
Msg: 72
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 8/2/2008 9:03:49 AM
I choose to not watch TV because there are simply too many other things to occupy my time....get news from the radio and paper and internet....may occasionally watch a movie, but couldn't tell you the name or story line of any currentTV show....well, maybe I know what they do on CSI
 cowtrucker
Joined: 5/20/2007
Msg: 73
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you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 8/9/2008 1:07:20 PM
I choose NOT to watch TV on a regular basis. There are a few exceptions I will make, but it is not a part of my regular lifestyle. In the winter time when I'm inside more, I'll watch a DVD, and occasionally, I'll watch shows like CSI and Law & Order if I'm at a friends' house.

I think there are so many more uplifting things to do in life, than waste away in front of a TV. It's amazing to watch something taped off of TV from 10-15 years ago and see how much the media and advertising has changed.

I miss the old TV shows, and the old message, when things used to be wholesome and educational. Now things on the TV have taken a downward spiral, and I feel it seems to be negatively influencing the young people of today.

CowTrucker
Chapman, Kansas
 MagEMaeI
Joined: 6/6/2008
Msg: 74
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 8/9/2008 7:19:26 PM
The only thing I don't like about not having tv in the house is the attitude of people when they find out I don't have it

Am I too poor to have it? Too stupid to figure out the remote?Did I get banned for cable stealing?

Sheesh. I don't have tv because I don't want it. Period. End of story

WHY is this so difficult for people to understand?
 RockinDaze
Joined: 7/3/2010
Msg: 75
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 9/30/2010 7:24:29 PM
I can honestly say, now that TV is not an option for no purpose other than I have too many trees they proclaim, I miss it. I have never been an avid watcher yet I do have a few favorite shows that I miss. I am more of a movie lover and fan of documentaries, etc. As far as the news I have found that I can be better informed on the internet... my local news is full of crime shots and selective media coverage. Now, all that being said, I wish that I was watching Grey's Anatomy tonite. Maybe I will have to see what I do about finding a better location for a dish.
 452
Joined: 11/1/2009
Msg: 76
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 10/1/2010 7:35:27 AM
Television is simply an amusement.It is a temporary escape from the same ole same ole of your real life.It should always be looked at as just that.It's when you are trying to emulate what and who you see on television that you are in trouble.
 452
Joined: 11/1/2009
Msg: 77
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 10/2/2010 6:42:54 AM

the bigger problem is just the hours and hours of passive viewing where a person's brain slips into a hypnotic state.


I don't think anyone would deny that anything to such extremes is bad for you.Someone watching hours and hours a day of television is not watching for enjoyment anymore.



It's not so much the content of the shows -- though, yes, many of them are mindless -- it's the act of passive viewing where a person "vegges out" that's the real problem. Imagine your brain succumbing to that for hours on end, every day.



And you are directing this at me why???
 sexyisback!
Joined: 9/14/2010
Msg: 78
you choose to not waste time on the Internet... why? really don't see TV or just "claim it" ?
Posted: 10/2/2010 1:00:11 PM
because 95% + of the time it is a waste of time (there are odd exceptions). I don't have any TV connection o so only watch occasionally when at a friend's place.

Ironically though, many of those who pooh-pooh- television so much, waste as much time OR MORE on the internet, on mindless things * such as ..er.. POF Forums?) and constantly updating their status on Facebook, and. and..etc., etc.


H.L. Mencken: "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."


FCC Chairman Newton Minow, May 9, 1961:
" "When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.

But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.

You will see a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And endlessly commercials — many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you'll see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, very few. And if you think I exaggerate, I only ask you to try it."


the funny thing I've noticed is, it's been' 'hip' or cool for along time now to disadain TV, and claim you never watch it -so many people do that, then later in the convo slip in :" Oh , did you see _________________ last night?"

LOL
 daynadaze
Joined: 2/11/2008
Msg: 79
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Posted: 10/2/2010 1:26:04 PM
Yes it's hip to be a TV snob and say you read books, but what books, are you reading books that make you veg out? If one is watching say the Discovery Channel about something stimulating while another is ready a romance novel while pretending to be the one with throbbing breasts and tingling bits, just who is vegging out?

TV snobs give me the vibe of being conceited and narrow minded. It's fine if you don't much like TV, why watch what you don't care for?, but to feel superior, give me a break. How hard is it to do what you enjoy without needing to make those who enjoy something else into some sort sub-human?
 sexyisback!
Joined: 9/14/2010
Msg: 80
you choose to not waste time on the Internet... why? really don't see TV or just claim it ?
Posted: 10/2/2010 1:31:41 PM

Yes it's hip to be a TV snob and say you read books, but what books, are you reading books that make you veg out? If one is watching say the Discovery Channel about something stimulating while another is ready a romance novel while pretending to be the one with throbbing breasts and tingling bits, just who is vegging out?

TV snobs give me the vibe of being conceited and narrow minded. It's fine if you don't much like TV, why watch what you don't care for?, but to feel superior, give me a break. How hard is it to do what you enjoy without needing to make those who enjoy something else into some sort sub-human?


well, very few are reading "War & Peace", though that may be what they TALK about. Some books are FAR MORE "talked" about, than ever actually read. Some people will even carry it around, so everyone can notice that they are an 'intellectual'; then hide their favorite trash romance novel or gossip rag inside and real THAT , lol..

some of these TV-naysayers are also closet TV addicts, sort of like some in-the-closet gays are the worst gay-bashers, etc.

they only watch TV secretly, in private, much as some 'dieters' who claim they can't control their weight no matter what and never eat in public, scarf bags of Doritos & Oreos in private
 sexyisback!
Joined: 9/14/2010
Msg: 81
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 10/2/2010 1:38:37 PM

Versus the internet, it's a totally different take of your perception of the world. TV, even at it's best, is essentially a passive watching of something perceived as "reality".

On the net , typically, it's much more a two way street. One hears far more divergent material, from sources that are more independent.

In certain areas of the WWW, like here, this interactivity (and it's multitude of opinions) allows "viewers" to actually interact with one another. Instead of one perceived "road" , the paths go off in a million different directions. By following those paths, carefully, one's eye on the world is greatly extended.


yes, the "potential" for enlightenment CAN be there on the internet.

but ACTUAL traffic patterns show most is to PORN sites, cheap jack-off titillation, gossip crap about 'celebrities', etc., stupid facebook 'updating my status every 5 minutes' or playing dumb facebook juvenile games, type things

on-line versions of Hustler, E-Now!, Star Weekly, The National Enquirer, etc. are the "top sellers" on the 'net
 scenesoflife
Joined: 8/25/2010
Msg: 83
you choose to not waste time on the Internet... why? really don't see TV or just claim it ?
Posted: 10/4/2010 2:01:09 PM
I dont have cable... and to be honest I dont miss it at all..
granted I watch tv programs.. on the net..
mostly stuff from my home country that i cant see in canada..

a while back I was chatting to a girl on here.. I thought it was all fun and started nice.. untill she asked if Id seen "survivor" last night..
in wich I replied I didnt watch that show..
never heard of her again..lol

I think yes, tv is alright...
BUT.. what I see around me, is people do immitate shows, instead of shows being taken from real life situations...
life imitates art etc. *a. warhol
ofcourse outside the obviouss, that TV sole purpose is designed to "brainwash" people into consuming...I think its taking over peoples identities...
it seeps into language and attitudes etc.
 Crabby_McCrabberson
Joined: 8/11/2010
Msg: 84
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 10/4/2010 3:59:51 PM
I'd like to watch more, but can't because it makes me too afraid.

The people for whom they dumbed down network news are now the newscasters.


Even frighteninger, there are people who watch TV and believe what they see; these people vote, reproduce, and operate heavy machinery.
 LinuxD
Joined: 12/6/2008
Msg: 85
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Posted: 10/4/2010 9:00:16 PM
The only TV I watch is PBS and the local news. Everything else I watch on the net ,if I am going to watch anything. Mostly whats on TV does not interest me in the least. And the Net is used MOSTLY for information gathering,building systems,servers and such out of basket case pc's and such. As far as world news it comes from a variety of sources and then is all weighed out and sifted thru.

If not on the Net looking up info then it's the MASSIVE pile of reference books and magazines dealing with computers/technology. The SO thinks it's strange that I am quite content in burying my nose in a Digital Computer Principles book by Burroughs corp from 1969 rather than watch the blather that TV has to offer. To each their own.

If someone wants to veg out and watch the tube, great for them. If someone wants to use the net for their porn pleasure.. thats fine with me too.

I'd rather get retinal burn from learning more about my hobby/obsession/ job and the Net is like having the worlds largest library right at my fingertips.
 ~Azul Ojos~
Joined: 7/2/2008
Msg: 86
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 10/5/2010 8:14:02 PM
I haven't watched TV for about 10+ years. I do have one in my house, but the last time it was switched on to my knowledge was 2 years ago for the olympics.

I don't have cable, and if my kids stay when I am on vacation, they rent movies. The only times it is noticable is when I can't join in conversations when people are talking about their 'programs' , but I simply say, "I don't watch TV." People look at me like I am weird, and ask what on earth do you do... I really don't know. I keep busy. I would rather be outside, or read a book than watch TV. I do listen to radio most of the time. I hear the news and weather on the radio, and read news from the internet. I feel I get to choose what I want to know about based on my interests.
 Crabby_McCrabberson
Joined: 8/11/2010
Msg: 89
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 10/6/2010 5:53:51 AM
Rut-roh. Maybe it's encouraging people to be conformists, too. I've tuned out, so I really wouldn't know -- but -- I thought that was what junior high was for. :double wink:
 452
Joined: 11/1/2009
Msg: 90
you choose to not watch tv... why?
Posted: 10/6/2010 6:17:21 AM
Yes yes I am quite sure all the television snobs in here are busy writing great works of literature akin to Shakespeare.


Get off of your high horses please! Television is merely an entertainment.Certain shows and genres will not appeal to everyone,but even to the biggest television snob there will be some things that appeal to them,though they will never admit it.


Not everything on television is about blond rich girls doing idiotic things or spoiled young twenty year olds and their numerous sexual exploits and excessive drinking habits.
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