Giving up t.v., I have also noticed a less materialistic desire. I don't miss it. I did have to move and replace the t.v. a couple times before I
left it out and got rid of the box
Just because you give up t.v., doesn't mean you give up the sitcoms! Think about that 50-150/month going to dvd collections ... you get to
permanently own the series, no commercials, and you watch the repeats when you choose to ... no more cliffhangers! I use my computer to watch my
dvds, and my monitor has a better resolution than my tv did ... don't have a Blu-Ray drive yet ... but only have a screen resolution of 1440x900 at
the moment anyway.
One of the factors I noticed right before giving it up was the average of 16+ minutes of commercials EVERY HOUR ... so every 4 hours of television
gets you more than 1 hour of advertisement! Crazy considering how much you pay a month ... it would make more sense if you received all your
channels free over the air.
A even bigger benefit of the internet, you get to keep up on the shows that are less likely to be on dvd or are more current event through the video
hosting sights or through word of mouth in forums such as this.
I agree with the t.v. influence, but, I disagree that a mentally sound person gets influenced by video games. I never played GTA and had a desire to
jump a car over a river ... or played Oblivion and want to go and slay trolls with magic. It is more of understanding the difference between reality
and fantasy worlds.
I have noticed, when I am around a cable box ... it is the same episodes/shows that were on months ago when I gave it up! So, the brainwashing is
also on a repetitive scale when it comes to corrupt programming. Reminds me of an episode of Star Trek TNG ... Picard captured by a cardassian (sp?)
was zapped and told how many lights to see over a long period of time ... and as he was rescued he begun to see the number of lights he was told, and
no longer what was REAL.
I think there is a lot of great human liberty issues written into TNG, and I watched a lot as a child ... I am thinking it was one of the major
factors of me being so idealistic and seeing everyone as equal regardless of the differences other people see. We all wake up, eat, sleep, dream,
love ... it is a SHAME some people hold so much hate in their hearts for no reason ... I would suggest that hate is really what they feel towards
themselves and being projected out ... or they were brainwashed to believe the lies. Irrespective of the past, today is new and we must live it like
it is the only time we ever have ... with love and respect for ourselves and each other. Unconditional love for all is true happiness, not what you
have, what you get, where you are ... you can be happy with nothing, anywhere, and without a silver platter being handed to you ... it all has to do
with your attitude, nothing else in the world can take its place. Money and things are only a temporary and fleeting replacement. I say this all
because of the 'discussion' earlier in the thread ... and TNG I have always felt was a great example of it all ... I could site a ethical,
liberty, etc. issue being dealt with in the majority of its episodes ... that were not present in TOS, or the following series of the ST label ...
which is one of the reasons I think they couldn't quite be nearly as successful. They tried to use the idea of turmoil and sex appeal, scandal ...
to capture people ... which only holds an audience so long, since there is plenty of that on every other channel and show, but, hope ... is a rare
thing and because of it, its substance can withstand longer. I know I was sad that TNG ended, I never paid much attention to the other shows.
It is a shame that we are being attacked by media we pay for, by the companies we buy products from (and some of those companies poison us with
addictive additives). while watching tv in the past, I was in turmoil ... I had a disagreement with myself. I don't care about things much, but I
wanted them. I don't rate success by toys, money, or power ... but by how you are in your heart and how you treat the people you love. So, part of
me was wanting a high paying 'successful' job, expensive house, expensive car, high-class lifestyle ... while my soul care nothing for any of it
... just a humble abode, dependable transportation, and possible one day, someone who looks in my eyes and loves me for who I am and feels that there
is much more to life than net worth and social status.
Maybe I am just odd.
The brainwashing keeps getting worse, the commercials keep getting longer and more frequent ... and people keep soaking it in. Never again for me.