|Re: Blaming TV||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MLYNCHIN (MLYNCHINaol.com)|
|Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 13:08:12 -0500|
Part of the problem of TV, besides its content, is time. It takes up your time. If you've learned something from the program, or were thoroughly entertained by the program, then it's not a waste of time to you. There is some good programming on TV. The commercialism is what's damaging. (The infomercials are highly addictive.) Back to time--when you watch TV indiscriminately during most of your leisure time, then you're living by TV time. One program melds into the next until it's the 11:00 news and then you know it's time to go to bed. That's when you've allowed the TV to control your time. My husband and I mutually agreed to stop watching TV together because I still work while he is retired, so when I came home from work, I didn't want the TV on as a part of my leisure time. Both of us had programs we enjoyed but unfortunately those programs were not scheduled at the time we preferred so we decided that either of us could record programs and watch later. The pact was that either of us could watch TV as long as the other was not around, but if both of us were around--no TV--because we considered it a third entity that "demanded" our time instead of spending it with one another or just reading or doing stuff together. The upshot of the pact is now neither of us watch TV. We don't even record programs. What we would do, although seldom, is rent a video and watch it--but it's not TV time, it's ours. We found freedom when we turned off that TV. Perhaps when there comes a day when we can ask for any program to run at any time, we might return to TV. But as long as TV scheduling is not in our control, it controls us and our time. Marilyn Chin Old Oakland CoHousing at Swan's Market which will begin reconstruction in fall 1997 and has available units.
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