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I physically removed my TV from my house

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posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 09:10 PM
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Sure, TV is used as a brainwashing tool. No doubt about that. You get bombarded with false information, drug commercials, and other crap like that.

But, despite that, I enjoy sitting down to a good movie, or a good show. I wish I could just select the channels I actually watch and pay for those. But, as far as I know, there is no such package with satellite TV.

The news organizations are the biggest things I stay away from on TV, because all day long they shove negative, negative, negative down our throats. You stand a good chance of not being healthy by subjecting yourself to such things. As far as news, all I want to hear about is something that actually affects me like a big storm is headed my way or something. I don't need to know that a flaming bus load of children went over a bridge in California. How does that news help me? It's not that I'm not a caring person, but I don't need to know every little disaster that is going on all over the world. I don't.

See, you need to be selective about what you watch, and what information you take as fact on TV. And, I wouldn't stay glued to the thing. Go bowling, go play some pool, read, call a friend, help a friend, do something different for a change.

Troy




posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 09:39 PM
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Originally posted by downtown436
I have determined it to be a brainwashing tool, and don't want it in my house anymore. I just couldn't handle it anymore.

I feel much better, even after just 24 hours.

Has anyone else taken the step, to simply remove their TV?

How did your family react?

How do you feel, and are you accomplishing more in your life?



I guess if you have nothing else to use it for (video games, movies, etc.), then it was a worthy choice. ^_^



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 09:41 PM
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This won't make me popular but; just like TV, ATS and the Internet in general is overflowing with crap and bad information. In fact there is probably less on TV than right here. This board, like most boards, is absolutely packed with bad information, lies, ramblings from crazy people and radicals and all that goes with it.

Just like ATS and the Internet in general, TV is just a tool that can be good, bad or both. Maturity is the ability to have these tools and use them wisely. Throwing them out is an admission of an inability to control yourself so profound; you were driven to throw out the bad with the good.

If negativity and bad information is what you are trying to eliminate, why are you on ATS I wonder? Don't misunderstand, ATS also contains lots of useful information. Trick is to use your mind and common sense as a filter. If it sounds wrong or crazy, it likely is.

Perhaps instead of throwing out valuable tools for information you might consider learning simple self-control? I hope you are not forcing your views on those who live with you and making them suffer for your lack of self control?



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 09:46 PM
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Hi there,

Well, I can certainly agree that there isn't too much on TV these days worth watching. If I want to see "reality" garbage, I'll film my family at the dinner table.....Personally I think that the reality programs, and MOST programming on TV today is (in MY opinion) the "dumbing down of society". YES, I firmly believe that... again, just my opinion....HOWEVER, having said that, there are still a few things I actually like to watch every now and then (science programs, history channel, etc etc)

While I don't think I'd ever get rid of my TV, there are some days that I really "think about it", but, I doubt I could actually follow through with it.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 09:47 PM
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What do I need a tv for I found a website where I can watch all the commercials I want! Actually I didn't find that I missed television all that much.

I still watch shows but last year I had a little festivus where I threw out all the tv's 5 of them, never felt better! Now stop drinking the tap water. I did and I can think clearer, I only drink distilled water now.

Tv itself I think is not really evil, its what it's hooked up to.... like cable programming, I never liked that word programming. More like brainwwashing.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 09:48 PM
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Originally posted by downtown436
I have determined it to be a brainwashing tool, and don't want it in my house anymore. I just couldn't handle it anymore.

I feel much better, even after just 24 hours.

Has anyone else taken the step, to simply remove their TV?

How did your family react?

How do you feel, and are you accomplishing more in your life?


I totally know how you feel...it is a brainwashing tool but........ they are still going to get you. Only now you'll never know until until it happens. You can bury your head in the sand like an ostrich......but when the government lawnmower comes.....you're still going to get mulched with the rest of us.

[edit on 23-12-2009 by Phenomium]



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 10:00 PM
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You probably did the best thing. But even if you know the news is garbage, it's good to know what other people are hearing. Otherwise, we wouldn't know just what we are up against in the fight for deleting ignorance.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 10:10 PM
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Originally posted by Bluebelle

Originally posted by keepithush

Originally posted by Bluebelle
Im really enjoying that people have tv's that they dont watch, but use them for playing games. Likes games are exempt from any brain washing tactics.


Feel free to share with us these brain washing tactics used because after 20+ years of gaming I have never had a political stance altered or manufactured.
I just found your comment the same type of patronisingly unproven nonsense used by those that point at music, videos and games when some kid goes mental with a gun in a school.
No connection, otherwise surely out of the millions of gamers we would have a little more than columbine to look back on.
Maybe you are easily influenced (buy T-Mobile today!!!), don't be fooled into thinking we all are.

[edit on 23-12-2009 by keepithush]


Erm, you've taken my post entirely out of context. I dont actually believe there are any brain washing tactics used, in tv and/or games. But if people are paranoid enough to throw out their tv's then it would seem a little odd not to take the same attitude towards games. Especially seeing as it has been in the media before. There's plenty on google about brainwashing via video games if you want to take a look.


Oh well if its on google it must be true, my mistake.
You kind of did a contradiction of your own comment there, you claim you don't believe there is brainwashing then went on to explain how google has proof it exists.

When a kid goes on to become a neurosurgeon, a physicist, invents a cure for an illness or saves a childs life with pioneering new techniques in medicine even though he plays the same 'brainwashing' games, listens to the same 'evil' music and watches the same 'mindwarping' television as some psycho kid who massacres his family why is it that the games aren't put under the microscope then?

I just think this pathetic nonsense about mind control and such is beyond paranoid excuses for stupidity in people. its not some special mind control trick that makes people dumb, they are dumb and watch idiotic tv that has a market in the first place because said dumb people exist.
There's sensible and intelligent television shows out there, if someone chooses to watch big brother then who's fault is that, there would be no mind numbing tv shows if there wasn't a market for it.

Or was everybody like Einstein before the TV came along?
Do scientists. doctors and generally smart and intelligent people not watch TV?
Think about it.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 10:17 PM
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I wanted to cancel the cable in my house, but everyone was too dependent on it to cancel it. It pissed me off. In my room I have a 46in, but I only use it for connecting to the computer and for games. I avoid watching tv, it just brainwashes the mind. The internet has so much more to offer anyways and is cheaper.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 10:22 PM
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There's still TV's in my house, but no service goes to them. It's mostly because I was tired of being reamed by DirecTV, a company whose lying, incompetent [insert your favorite insult here) representatives cost me nearly 700 dollars in bank overdrafts, but also because there was never anything on that I felt like I would really miss.

Most TV series are available on Bit... Uh, Netflix and Hulu anyways. I really, really don't miss television though. There's a few shows that I'll watch when my roommate rents them, but I don't feel like I'd be missing out on life if I stopped watching any of those.

Check out this thread if you just hate paying for pre-government filtered television:

Who needs the MSM to get the news? Nobody! Free To Air Satellite

So take that into consideration as an alternative to simply throwing out your television sets. That's also a good option - along with antenna TV (which is 100% free and often already in High Definition) for anyone else who's like me and just can't stand being screwed over by big, powerful corporations any longer.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 10:22 PM
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haha thats awsome. I support you although I do agree with most of the posters here for once
ya even I' am shocked


It just goes to show how alike we are but don't have to prove it to eachother. I hope its time to start doing the right thing again.

Everything in moderation is ok, and ya I agree with the ads being not good to watch, and that goes for most news and alot of other crap programming out there. It sure does help knowing how your being manipulated to be able to cope, ya that is true. Again if throwing the tv out is best for you and your life personaly then


As for me, well I don't watch much tv but when I do its usually educational programming as I was fortunate enough to be raised with it and I truly enjoy it from time to time. Poor manitees.


[edit on 23-12-2009 by DarkCyrus]



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 10:51 PM
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I have not had a television in my home for over a year now and it is the smartest and best thing that I have done so far. Whether I will decide to purchase a t.v. in the future is more than I can say, as I agree that the internet is a substitute for t.v.

I have not missed the torment of excessive, over stated news stories for some time as I personally do believe that the constant drumbeat of the same bad news story has a very negative and ill effect upon everyone watching the same story being shown repeatedly, whether that of Rodney King, or OJSimpson, or Michael Jackson's death, it is all repetition ad nauseum.

So yes, one can live without television and be all the better for it! Good for you! Join the sane crowd.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 11:02 PM
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I agree completely, while 90% of the crap on television is unbearable to me, some of it is actually worth the time to watch. It's all about picking and choosing what you allow on television in your home.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 11:05 PM
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I personally only watch select shows from history channel or discovery channel if I ever use the television. A movie and the occasional sci-fi channel show (ghost hunters) or comedy central on rare occasions. I prefer a news paper or the internet for news. It is a mind boggling how much trash they throw on the tv and people watch.



[edit on 23-12-2009 by fordrew]



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 11:12 PM
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Still have my t.v. My wife and I just got a hd flatscreen. I haven't had cable in years, just use the old rabbit ears. At first it was a difficult adjustment from having hundreds of channels to the bare minimum, but we've adapted just fine. We only use it to watch netflix movies, old vhs tapes, and for my 360 and ps2. Other than that, I don't really watch but a few shows that we get. Congrats for your success tho.

By the way...that bull that we were being told about mandatorily having to convert to hd cable from rabbit ear antennas is a bunch of bull.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 11:16 PM
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I have three 50 inch and one 60 inch TV with full cable HD, and watch Fox news five hours per day. I'm also the most well adjusted person on ATS...BTW

[edit on 23-12-2009 by Xtrozero]



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 11:22 PM
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Well, I dunno whether to say "Bravo !" or "So what"..

TV these days is a bunch of crap anyway.

I hardly - as in very VERY rarely watch it. The internet is far far more

suited to mine & (and I'm assuming) to all ATS'ers .

I feel one doesn't have to 'physically' remove something in order to

disconnect from it. But then hey - To each - his/her/their - own !

Good decision anyway IMHO.

Stick to it - would be my sincere advice.

Cheers mate.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 11:43 PM
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Way to go, I have a t.v., but I dont have cable. I don't watch t.v., and it has been years.....I mean 8 years. I have a t.v., though.
Don't forget dvd's, or video games, wii, anything else you can think off. I have a sirius satelitte reciever, so I get my news, my music, my comedy, even football, and soccer sometimes. I don't even watch my favorite football team when they are on t.v., I listen to the game on radio.
It's incredible, I actually refer to the television as "The Nazi Box". You're right, it's a tool for many things that aren't good. I love utube so I can still catch somethings sometimes.
Don't throw it away though, just don't watch it. I have a really nice t.v., and I used the stimulus check I got last year for 500. bucks on it, to help the economy as well. Just don't watch it, it gets really easy if you really don't like it.
I just wanted to wish you a big congradulations for your awakening, you deserve it. I've proved to households, and friends that I think a t.v. is a nazi box, and all you have to do to prove it is just to not watch it, people will realize like that. You don't have to talk bad about it, you wont prove anything like that. Actions speak louder than words.
It's not even worth talking about, I've tried to wake people up before, in an effort to try to get them to stop watching unsucessfully. You decided on your own, you weren't talked into it right? Way to go!
It's funny though, I have no idea what anybody is talking about, who the new t.v stars are, or even the names of reality tv shows. I have n o idea what's going on, on t.v., and it's fantASTic. I have to admit, I'm really addicted to the show lost on abc, but I watch it online at abc.com. That's it, other than that, it utube. I just buy dvd's.
Good luck with your new life. Welcome back to the real world, it's not that bad.



posted on Dec, 23 2009 @ 11:59 PM
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The situation in the 3rd world is far worse than you can even imagine. The brainwashing promoted by South American TV media has manipulated the masses and controlled behaviors for at least 30 years. Raise and destroying governments, establishing systematic trends of behavior, directing to this or that religion, keeping people completely numb. For instance: In late '60s, in Brazil, the strong influence of Socialism led to a military plot with the brand of CIA. In the '70s, A series of guidelines provided, to the owners of the largest and most popular Brazilian TV network, Globo, determined to transform society into a weak mindless mass without self-esteem, unable to threaten the U.S. in any way. Some of these guidelines included the creation of a schedule based on:

    Cartoons, shows, and films, highlighting the "American Way of Life".

    Massive national soap-novels featuring the Brazilian people as essentially hustle, lazy, dishonest and sexist.

    News 100% controlled by military intelligence.

    Massive broadcasts of soccer, the largest latin social-alienating, EVER.


On early '80s there was the end of military era, a political opening, amnesty and vote rights again, but the society was severely rebuilt as a bunch of workers with hustle trends, weird sexual behavior and nuts to soccer.
CIA job well done!

During the Bush father era, brazilian TV got totally under control of US trusts. TV said who could be the president or not. A new schedule was created to kids: daily shows for children, presented by female performers with sexy and erotic clothing to ensure future generations of latin sex maniacs. For teenagers, loads of american shows highlighting how cool is to be american. Result: a horde of poor Brazilian youth going to Mexico for trying enter the U.S. illegally. The youngsters of '90s, became frustrated adults 'cos weren't born in the U.S., and why no one taught them to make Brazil a place as cool as the U.S.

The agenda of TV has determined that the highest measure of professional ambition for Brazilian youngers, was to become a football player. Who needs to study??
For the adult mass of working losers, mo' sex-novels (a brazilian novel and mo' football broadcasts. In the '00s the TV schedule included lots of Big Brother shows which launched a new professional parameter for the youth: Nude posing and get into the industry of porno movies... Brazil's TV transmit an average of 4, 5 soap-novels per day. 6 days of week. These novels take at least 1 year and usually the stories emphasize the mischief, hustling, pimping, crimes, promiscuous sexual behavior or prostitution, family dissolution and lately they are promoting the practice of black magic, ridiculing Christianity based faith and spreading lies about other faiths, such as Buddhism or Islam. TARGET: The raise of a chaotic society without moral values, 100% decadent, complacent with the political corruption and totally unable to transform the country. Finally, a sinister detail...: The logos of the 3 most powerful TV networks in Brazil, currently, are variations of the Masonic luciferian 3rd eye. :


PS.: Ain't religious fanatic!!! :@@

[edit on 24-12-2009 by ucalien]



posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 12:02 AM
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The Television doesn't always have to be a tool for brainwashing. You can still enjoy things like movies, documentaries of your choosing, a way to watch your own personal home videos. You don't have to have the cable hooked up to it for it to still have a viable use.

I understand that you're making a statement, but, the above-mentioned applications are still there without having to watch the mind numbing cable or network channels. Wasting money is as bad as wasting anything else.




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