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Stopped Watching TV And Loving It!  
User currently offlineSv7887 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1025 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1401 times:

Hi All,
I thought I'd start something non political for once, so we can stop bashing each other.

My 22 yr old Sony console tv gave itself up to TV heaven (a big popping noise and went off with this smell of some component being cooked) and being the cheapskate I am decided not to replace it. Actually the stupid thing is so heavy I can't even move it and the recycling centers want $200 to take it away!!!

So before I used to watch TV for about 2-3 hrs when I came home from work, the usual news, sitcom reruns, and sometimes PBS if they had something good (Like about planes or the space program)

I don't know, it's been two months and I don't miss TV at all. I think I realized how lame mainstream television is. Sometimes when I'm traveling for work I'll switch it on and watch the news shows, Fox, MSNBC, etc..But it's filled with the same idiot talking heads just yelling at each other or banners of BREAKING NEWS over Britney or Lindsay's latest antics...The financial shows are even worse, half of these people don't have a basic understanding of the financial markets and seem to make half of this stuff up.


Anyone else walk away from TV?

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User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5577 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1396 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Thread starter):
Anyone else walk away from TV?

Yes . . . 30 years ago and still counting. It was just before video recorders came on stream in '79 and I work shifts, so it was impossible to follow any decent series. Then I had some trouble with the set, which was rented (yup, things were very different in the '70s), and after it broke down for the (I think) the third time I told the rental company to stuff it. I thought taking a break from it would be a good idea, and that break is still ongoing.

I honstly don't miss it at all, and certainly not now with computers and the internet. What I see of TV in other people's homes doesn't inspire me at all, and the only difference between 1978 and 2008 is that the amout of rubbish on the box has increased exponentially.

There is a TV in the house, gathering dust in the spare room which has been occupied by a number of lodgers over the years. The room has been empty for the last month, yet I haven't thought of turning the TV on even once.


User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1376 times:

How about limiting internet to 0.5 hr a day? You know with a clock switching it of..

User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 16949 posts, RR: 48
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1371 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Thread starter):
Anyone else walk away from TV?

Yep...about two years ago. Every time I do catch some TV at they gym or at a friend's house I wonder why I ever watched in the first place. There's not a single thing I miss about it.



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9237 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1360 times:



Quoting Sv7887 (Thread starter):
Anyone else walk away from TV?

kind of.

i usually don't watch for fear of seeing or hearing myself. eww.


however, i love stations like A&E, TBS, TNT, classic movie channels, Game Show Network, etc. they're just swell.


mainstream - i do like Dancing with the Stars. and there's Boston Legal which i watch on tv
since it isn't online.

i watch several of the ABC shows online, such as Ugly Betty and Pushing Daisies, but i can't tell you a damned thing about Grey's Anatomy or Desperate Housewives. and i never watched one episode of Will and Grace when it was on.


but yet, for whatever the reason, i keep shopping around for a new flatscreen and have almost walked with one a few times. mainly for the screen quality in watching my movies.



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User currently offlineAirStairs From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
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After bein sequestered in Utah for a year I broke the tv habit. Most of the shows I like (namely Six Feet Under) are on DVD, anyway. Now, I basically flip on CSI or Law & Order for background noise if I am eating at the bar.

I am into the markets and financial blah blah blah but, as someone said earlier, I was disappointed to realize how full of BS they are.


User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 826 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

I find TV more repulsive than ever these days. Cable news has deteriorated into little more than celebrity "news" and anything that has live video-- police chases, shootings, hostage situations, fires, etc. It gets back to the old saying, "If it bleeds, it leads". I am so disappointed in CNN Headline News. For years, you could count on them for a half hour of hard news, 24/7. Now they quit with hard news in the evening and go with showbiz news, Nancy Gracy and other lame commentators.

I have no use for sitcoms and dramas. I do watch some baseball and news at times. All the game shows are inane. Especially vapid are the "reality" shows. They turn people's problems into entertainment.... sheesh...

But one of the biggest problems for me is the commercials. I refuse to sit through 12 minutes of commercials in a 30-minute show. What a waste of time! Do regular TV watchers have any idea how time they waste in a year watching commercials?

As for this grumpy old man, give me a book or a newspaper anytime.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13808 posts, RR: 63
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

I stopped watching TV a little more than a year ago. IMO the is simply too much BS on TV.
The public (tax financed, but not government controlled) TV stations are supposed to be educational (by law), but have more or less moved to show the same celebrety BS and rerun series stuff as the commercial TV stations.

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
What I see of TV in other people's homes doesn't inspire me at all, and the only difference between 1978 and 2008 is that the amout of rubbish on the box has increased exponentially.

I fully agree. In the 1970s we had (in West Berlin) the choice between thre Western and two East German stations (the East German ones were not bad, especially in showing classic movies and documentaries about nature, if you understood that everything political was communist propaganda).
Today we have about 50 stations available on satellite but most are explicit sh*te.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 3):
Yep...about two years ago. Every time I do catch some TV at they gym or at a friend's house I wonder why I ever watched in the first place. There's not a single thing I miss about it.

I fully agree. I stil have my TV set, but only use it if my girlfriend is around to watch DVDs.

Jan


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