I’m not anti-television. Like, I don’t believe that television is evil and you should go and smash yours to bits right now. First off, that’s just wasteful, not to mention unnecessarily violent. Secondly, I feel like, as with most things, tv is totally fine in moderation. And I am totally cool with exhausted parents setting their children down in front of a television so they can have a couple minutes to breathe and maybe go to the bathroom. Families sitting down and watching a couple shows together? It’s all good. That’s how my love for Star Trek was born.
For me, not having a television has been a rather uplifting experience. I’m not drowning in pop culture or exposed to senseless (and sexist/classist/racist/etc) advertisement. I’m not attached to a gigantic and ungainly piece of real estate that I have to struggle to find a wall outlet for. I’m saving electricity, and I’m saving money. I’m not constantly losing the remote.
I do watch television shows. I take advantage of Netflix to watch movies and older series in full, and Hulu to catch up on the few current shows I care about (all terrible, let’s be honest). I am so happy to actively choose what I watch (even if it’s awful), instead of simply zoning out on the couch. The last show I felt it necessary to watch with the rest of America was LOST, and in the end, it was somewhat of a let down. I appreciate television as a social experience, and I appreciate that I had access to television when I was younger (I’m pretty keen at useless trivia), but most of the time, it’s just not for me. I honestly cannot see myself owning a set, or paying for cable, in the future.
But I’m not you, and I do know a few people who would go kind of nuts without tv in their lives. That’s ok, too. I totally get that. I think it’s just really important to unplug yourself every once in a while. Keep yourself well rounded. Conduct life as though you’re writing a term paper. I mean, not exactly, but you get it, right? Don’t get all your information (or entertainment!) from one source. Read. Watch. Listen. Absorb. Discuss. And then, act.
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