I Removed The TV

I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence. They got one marked "brightness" but it don't work, does it?
Leo Anthony Gallagher
I have generally shunned television for years. I had no favorite show, I had no favorite team. Just the occasional newscast or game. C-SPAN, The Weather Channel, or vegging in front of a cop drama before bed. Okay, I guess I liked the Food Network.

But even limiting time in front of the tube and filtering out the most egregious examples of televised schlock, the whole concept of sitting passively while being fed low-quality content whose primary purpose is to provide a captive audience for advertising just bothers me. TV is an assault to our being in so many ways. The images, which present a phony view of reality. The production, which flashes these images in such rapid succession that we become bored with the pace of real life. The philosophy and (lack of) values, which push a vulgar, lowest common denominator appeal to our basest instincts, while seeking to tear down any idea of virtue. And, of course, the constant message of discontent -- in order to find happiness you must buy, buy, buy our products.
How can you put on a meaningful drama when, every fifteen minutes, proceedings are interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits with toilet paper?
Rod Serling

Watching television, we become passive, shallow, silly, ignorant, selfish, lazy, undisciplined, disrespectful, sleazy, distracted, enslaved.

I had a TV on the table next to my computer monitor. Now it’s gone. It added virtually nothing to my life, while harming it profoundly. It was a disease. Now it’s gone. Why did I wait so long?

There is still a TV in the living room. My wife is not on board with my decision. Ugh.

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