Thursday, August 07, 2008

If we are about to blow up will someone tell me??

I've been on a media fast for the past couple months. We have not had TV since moving and so far we have not managed to arrange for a regular newspaper. I haven't a clue what's going on in the world.

It's feeling a little strange to be so unaware of current events.

On the plus side, however, I have seen zero commercials of Smiling Bob promoting Enzite for "natural male enhancement" and I have not missed those degrading adds for "Girls Gone Wild" videos. I've not been tempted to buy gadgets I don't really need. Best of all, I've listened to more music and read more books. That has been soothing indeed.

My beloved does miss watching House, Grey's Anatomy and CSI. He missing his fishing shows and occasional forays into professional bull riding which I absolutely do not understand his fascination for.

So on Saturday the guy from DISH TV is supposed to come hook us up again. I'm not really looking forward to it. I've come to really appreciate this softer, quieter way of spending our evenings. Having TV available for specific chosen viewing is one thing. I am going to lobby hard that it does not become a default presence of constant yacking and flickering light in our home. Hopefully we can continue as we have, taking lovely walks through the wheat fields after dinner instead of vegging out in from of the stupid box.

I've always maintained that TV is neither good or bad, it's merely a tool that can be applied in useful ways to inform and entertain or used as a brain numbing vampire of thought, depending on the choices we make. I know in the past there have been too many times we've had the dumb thing on just to fill up the quiet with sound. I'm hoping for wiser choices in the future.


~Deb said...

There are so many wonderful qualities about TV, but in my opinion, I am more at peace not knowing about current events or even turning on the TV to hear about the horrific happenings in my local community here in NY. I went on a hiatus myself and I feel very edgy as to what's going on in the world. My ex used to bash me for not "keeping up with current events"---as if I could do something about anything that goes on you know? Instead, I sort of tweaked my brain cells and hopefully heightened the IQ a tad by reading an awful lot and doing a lot of praying, meditation as well as writing and learning about different things.

I was without internet for quite some time due to a virus, and let me tell ya-----my blood pressure dropped a whole lot! Ironic? Hrmm.. The internet also has it's pros and cons.

Just wanted to drop by and say hello!


Jen said...

I could easily live without TV, but I do enjoy it at times with my family.

I too could live without "natural male enhancement" commercials.

Jess said...

I was raised without television. My Mother actually used the TV as a plant holder. It was an old TV that was built into a HUGE piece of weighed a ton, but actually looked really nice turned around with a draping plant on it.

When I bought my home that was the first time I had cable TV. I was 21 or so. I probably didn't move from the TV for about two weeks. I was going to bed after midnight every night and coming home just to turn on the tube. It was great! LOL!

I lived without television for 19 years of my life, I imagine I could do it again, but to tell you the truth, I really enjoy some of the shows that are on now a days! The History Channel, TLC and Discovery are some of my favorite networks to watch and I actually learn alot watching them! Amazing how TV doesn't necessarily rot your brain anymore! :) (the rotting the brain was in reference to my Mother)

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