4 September 2008

TV-free

Sarah Moskowitz has an interesting article on the people (like me) who abstain from TV. I actually watch movies on DVD so I'm not so sure I'm part of the truly TV-free crowd, but I do agree with the study's conclusions that there doesn't seem to be much of a downside--except perhaps feeling a bit out of the loop with people make references to the latest reality show.

8 comments:

Comrade Kevin said...

Conversation is so much more interesting without a reference to reality TV. That's just me, though.

wunelle said...

I've been anti-TV for years. But I've modified my stance over time; I'm now more anti-network-broadcast-TV, as I think that's where most of the cancer is.

I pay for cable in order to get Formula One car racing, and I then search for old movies as well. Everything we watch is recorded first--to avoid advertising, which is about 80% of TV's problems.

I think the medium itself is amazing and powerful. But it's used in the most crassly commercial way possible, public welfare be damned.

I get absolutely no news or political information from this source. Political TV ads are worse than uninformative: they're actively poisonous.

Karlo said...

I agree about the political ads. I'd extend the observation to the U.S. news in general--one knows more by NOT watching and being distracted by all the nonsense.

wunelle said...

Absolutely. The public clamoring for entertainment and titillation precludes any possibility of the media actually informing us about anything; spectacle now trumps everything.

Sue London said...

What's the opposite of being a joiner? I'm perversely delighted when I don't get a common reference, especially when it is something like a "reality show." This could have something to do with being raised as a PBS kid. Fortunately now that I'm all grown up I'm with someone who also doesn't watch broadcast TV. We figure that if there is a really good show we will hear about it and can watch it later on DVD without all the commercials.

Karlo said...

I'm the same way. Most decent TV shows are now available on Netflix or on DVDs. For the cost of a cable connection, I can buy all the DVDs of TV shows that I could possibly ever watch.

sanshinseon said...

Yeah, i onlt watch the best TV series on DVD, season-by-season now -- if it's not worth getting that way, it's not worth watching. Except for Stewart & Colbert, essential watching 4 nights per week, thank Dao they're on the internet...

Karlo said...

Yes. Very kewl stuff. Youtube is fastly becoming my tv.