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.