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Originally posted by mmiichael
Sorry to rain on your parade. There are ways to have fun and things to talk about besides packaged entertainment and what they try to sell you. Because a drug is popular doesn't make it a necessity for everone.
Originally posted by JohnnyAnonymous
I say BRAVO for the courage to follow through with this.
I find it quite interesting how many people say that they couldn't live without their cellphones or the internet or their favorite TV show. And advertisers and marketing is geared towards making you think that your just not living without A GPS, and Ipod, or your playstation...
So Bravo for taking control..
Originally posted by AccessDenied
A week ago, I made a drastic change in my home.
I noticed far too much that my bookshelf was getting dusty, yet the various movies and video games were constantly strewn about the living room.
I noticed my 5 year old daughter would get up in the morning and immediately put on a movie...and the same before she went to bed.
I noticed my kids playing outside and talking with their friends and a lot of the conversations revolved around the movies they watched or video games they played.
I SAID ENOUGH.
I gave it all away.
The TV, the VCR/DVD, the movies..and the video games. ALL OF IT.
I expected mutiny on the bounty.
What I got, was my daughter getting up every morning and reading a book, and the same before bed.
Instead of playing video games, my sons have taken more of an interest in nature, and drawing what they see. My other daughter has taken to writing poetry.
You never really stop and think how much time in your life is taken away by what is deemed "Entertainment".
My kids were turning into zombies...and I couldn't let that happen.
Call me whatever you like, as I'm sure a few will see this as mean parenting..but I prefer the days before "Entertainment" when kids had an imagination when they played, and a generation that was brought up with good family values and a strong work ethic.
Funny, how just over a year ago I met someone who didn't own a TV..and for the life of me I couldn't fathom why. Now, I get it. I really do. You can't live life when you are being distracted away from it.
Originally posted by AccessDenied
I see this thread has taken an extreme direction, in the complete opposite way that I had hoped it would, and become a monster in itself.
I had hoped that seeing as many members view mainstream media as an evil entity that this thread would create an interesting discussion on the topic of the affects on children who watch what you all deem to be evil.
I hoped for too much apparently, and the issue was misconstrued and instead became a question of parenting.
I must say, that Iam shocked at the responses, shocked at the lack of respect shown for other members in this thread , which explains why I got support via u2u, because anyone who showed support in the thread was wide open for a bashing as well.
Time and time again we are reminded here to debate the topic, not the poster of it...and yet I see 12 pages either applauding or slamming my personal decision.With the exception of a few posts that actually did try to debate the topic..the thread them returned to it's monstrous direction.
I see posts that obviously didn't read anything I said in this thread, yet I get bashed for not replying properly.
I see posts that completely show the ignorance of some people because you obviously only read the first page...
I will say this-
ATS is the best site on the net, that's why I come here, that's why I shared what I did. BUT:
ATS is a message board, and nothing any of you say here affects my reality or my decision one iota.I have a thick skin and I can play with the big boys here as much as anyone...when the right topic presents itself. However, I won't debate my parenting, or my personal life TO ANYONE. You want to debate the topic of good TV versus bad, or how video games supposedly help a child in adult life (good luck with that) then go ahead.
My participation in this thread is over, due to everything I say either being ignored or twisted around.And I do have much better ways to spend my time...since according to some of you, I have no right to be here.
Can't have it both ways. Right?
Originally posted by GAOTU789
"That is why we don't have tv in our house.."
Kids spend way way too much time in front of the idiot box, playing video games, watching endless amounts of garbage.
Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
reply to post by StevenDye
Without going into the problem of calling you an ignorant teenager, I will not, however, your debate in this because of your age is 100% invalid, because you are the child in the instance of the type of change AccessDenied is trying to instill within her home.
You are the child, not knowing your potential path, let alone the path you will take.
Unless, of course, you have already picked out your college, degree of choice, and future career, have a job, or have already talked with a recruiter and are joining an Armed Service in the near future.
[edit on 13-6-2009 by SpartanKingLeonidas]
That way TV becomes more of a entertainment tool than a babysitter.
Originally posted by NoJoker13
reply to post by SSanguine
Remember there are kids with 5x worth lives. That sounds like a load, if
you know what I mean; since you must be talking out of your vast
experience. My post hard to read HAH. I love talking like I have a PhD too
and my doctrine from harvard in english allows me to correct everyone's
spelling as well. I'm still waiting for your Diplomas, that say you should be
qualified enough to correct someone's writing.
[edit on 14-6-2009 by NoJoker13]