posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 04:05 AM
I applaud the OP's decision.
I also recommend Jerry Mander's "Four Arguments for the ELimination of Television."
What goes for TV only applies to films partially. I think it is good to be flexible in the sense that if you want movies, you can see dvds or internet
download. I sometimes watch good TV series from downloads - recently I liked Stargate and Heroes. But then commercials are cut out, you control the
timing totally (and your family does not have to stop everything dead in its tracks because the show is coming). And if there are more than
subliminals in TV, then you do not get that kind of effect on dvd or torrenting. I think it is technically possible to do all the stuff some posters
described here, but it is not neccesary for an explanation of the phenomenon of TV addiction. I saw people turing into TV junkies under black and
white East bloc TV which was far more primitive than subliminals or any kind of mysterious radiation.
In fact, I think some of the crazier, more paranoid stuff on these boards about mind manipulation etc. is simply an assimilation of the experience of
having grown up with TV.
I have lived wihtout TV most of my life. There were only a couple of years when I was dragged into it a little. And life barely happened then...
When I was 16 I started meditation every day. That was the end of it.
I could no longer just eat and crash into a chair and let go into programs I cannot even recall now.
Alpha state is not bad in itself, all relax states involve that and deeper (theta etc.) But watching TV when you are tired ... especially the salad
style nonsensical cut up sounds, the music pieces that have absolutely nothing to do with your internal emotions - you cannot relate well to your own
I have seen many marriages and children totally ruined by the herion-like fascination on TV. I have seen dysfunctional, hyperactive and very neurotic
people most of whose problems came from the endlesss frustration of unfinished emotional lines attributable to various TV shows. Actually, it is the
medium that matters, for I know people that watch a few selective shows like animal rescue ONLY and they do not seem to exhibit this deficic of
attention and this dissociated state of existence.
Children who are tubed neglect their studies, their personal hygiene and do not get a description of the world from their family. On top of that,
Waldorf educators who usually discourage parents from letting kids watch TV point out that chidlren need to develop their own visualization skills
before being inundated with outside pictures.
In neuro-linguistic programming, the various movements your eye makes when recalling, imagining, singing, feeling etc. are traced to an eye map.
In heavily TV-afflicted countries, NLP researchers found that people no longer even looked with their eyes to the side where constructed images lie.
They could only imagine things from memory.
Waldorf educators usually say they can tell from nonverbal cues if a child is exposed to too much TV. They become possessed by a peculiar
restlessness, act as know-it-alls, even though their actual experiance in the world of adults is nil, and the more TV they watch, the shorter their
attention spans are. They become unable to learn a foreign language or read a book from cover to cover.
What a loss.
And what a gain when you tune it off! You can learn to play an instrument, do Tai Chi or Yoga or whatever, make contacts with people, and you can
stiull be in touch with world politics etc. if you have Internet. Even though there is all kinds of stuff on the Internet too, positive and negative
as well, it is not the contents that make TV the single vilest invention of mankind - a total destroyer of societies (see what happened to Canadian
natives after they got hooked on TV - their entire collective identities were erased. Traditional foods, stories, music, shamanism, religion
interested only a few. And these people had survived the conquest of the white settlers and the semi-arctic cold.) It is the medium, not the message.
There are good and interesting shows about animals, foreign cultures etc. that even cultural purists would endorse. The problem is simply that you
have a box that has nothing to do with your intentions, timing, society, traditions, heart, your religion, spirits, love life whatever but claims to
replace all of these.
My eldest daughter turned into a Cartoon Network junkie when she returned to Europe with me, depressed over our separation and not yet able to speak
the local language. She refused to eat, except for some junk snacks, did not want to go to the bathroom when nature called, did not what to go out and
explore the world at all, CN existed from dawn till dusk with its mind-chopping silly sounds. When we got her off, it took her weeks to come tzo her
senses and start to play and eventually she quickly picked up the language and formed friendships.
Mander did not start out in his epic study "four arguments" with the assumption that there is something wrong with the medium. He thought - with
early theoretician Marshall McLuhan - that TV is basically OK or neutral, it is the contents that make it bad. After years of painstaking research, he
found that this neutral presupposition was deeply flawed. It was the medium that was faulty not the contents.
He also describes his own experience of being bored after school up to the point where he would set out to do something. This he found was a universal
pattern of creativity. You are bored, do not know what to do. The tension mounts until you start cleaning your room, calling a friend, taking a walk
or anything to get rid of boredom. And that is when you actually start doing the single most creative things in your life.
People addicted to TV, says Mander, will postpone this subjective wave of psychological creativity until they go to sleep.
And if you want to do visualization, shamanism, meditation, healing, psychokinesis etc. the best idea os to use your TV set maximum as a place you put
your houseplants on. But sometimes it is wise to do what the OP did.
In my own experience, reading and writing on the Internet does not have a similarly debilitatig effect, although a few factors may be similar.
Merry christmas to all of you out there.