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Have You "Quit TV"?

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posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:00 PM
I still live at my mother's and she pays the tv bill but I don't watch it at all. When I move out I don't plan on getting television.

posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:03 PM
Pretty much the internet has changed enough to practically replace TV - you have those torrent "file-sharing" people who download entire seasons of all their favorite shows that are aired as re-runs. And then you have news sites to read and watch for years. As well as the funny absurdity of youtube.

I havn't really watched regular programming in about 9 years. And even when I visit relatives or friends that have cable I only watch maybe one show or a movie.

Don't get me wrong, some shows are worth watching, but they all end up on DVD, so either your're patient or you have to watch them when they come out!

posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:03 PM
Havent owned or watched television since the early 80s. Got fed up with the propaganda and rubbish they call programing. Have a life to live no interest in sitting in front of an idiot box watching the mindless drivel that people consider entertainment. One of the many benefits where I am now is barely get mobile reception on my handphone and televisions are extremely rare with poor reception. Dont get to cities much unless I take ride down the mekong with the locals on one of their boats.. maybe once a year .. Get info either from web on my mobile or talking with the local hmong. (Indigenous villagers in the laos, cambodia, vietnam region).
They keep me informed as to things that go on in the region. Much better quality of life without television and time to actually live life..

posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:17 PM
reply to post by Tayesin

* Important thing now... 12 years ago I was watching cartoons in the morning with my daughter and saw a Subliminal message on the screen as the show cut to ads... Seriously folks... it said in big red letters on a black background.. "Kids. Disobey your Parents"

I questioned my sanity then, and mentioned it at the school the following Monday to find one other person saw the exact same thing... so I wasn't crazy after all... phew, what a relief.

I'm not trying to suggest you are lying or anything but something isn't adding up. I'm not saying that it didn't happen, rather I just want to get to the bottom as this kind of thing scares me. Here are some questions that I have:

  • Was it a flash or a transparent layer?

    The following bullets should explain why I ask this.

  • How long was it up on the screen?

    It obviously needed to be up long enough for you to be able to read those words. I'm thinking at least 2 -3 seconds since it would take your mind a second to focus and then the slight pause for the period or comma after "kids". So, if it was up that long, why wouldn't have many others been able to see it?

  • What age range was the cartoon? Was it something like Barney or TeleTubbies or more something for older children.

    The reason why I ask this, is because normally kids wouldn't be of a reading age who watch the younger cartoons and even those that are, certainly aren't experienced enough to be able to subconsciously read a statement that flashes on the screen for a split second.

  • Did it spark you into researching about subliminal messages?

    If I would have seen that, I would be on a mission to expose blatant child programming and I would have never turned on the tube again, for any reason, yet you still allow your children to stare at it? Has your research come up with anything interesting (if it did spark your interest enough to research).

    Here is what I'm thinking. I'm thinking it could have either been a pot head who snuck the programming in, a hacker who did the same thing or even a disgruntled employee. The reason? Because I just don't see a written message such as that being very effective on children. I'm not trying to discredit your statement, rather I'm very interested and curious as to how this played out. Maybe you should start a thread on it.

    Could a hacker or disgruntled employee do such a thing? Is it even possible? Sure, there was an incident a couple of years ago where someone snuck a porn video into an NFL game, where some guy was smacking his rather large penis around. This was broadcast to countless families sitting in their living rooms, watching the ball game.

    Anyway, I'd like to hear more about your experience. I have always suspected that TV was bad for people but not because of clandestine and direct subliminal messaging. I would be very surprised if there was.


  • posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:20 PM
    I quit tv some time ago- not only because of the reasons listed before me, but (and I dunno the exact mechanics of this) I know how almost *every* plot goes. Maybe not the details, but it's like I have literally 'been there, seen that'. I have netflix for older movies, Mythbusters, And the occasional 'shclock movie night', but beyond that, tv is about as boring, un- inspirational, mindless drivel. BTW- Even Netflix isnt watched more than a few hours a week- I spend my days doing a lot of other stuff.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:22 PM
    2 years ago, I gave my TV to a coworker, and to be honest, I don't regret it. Not that I think TV is the problem, but I prefer the internet.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:33 PM
    we quit tv 2006 and since then have become more aware of the important issues around the globe. tv reduces your choices in viewing and will only show you what they want you to see. the internet however by its nature, compels you to seek and find your own paths to validate whatever you're looking at. throw your t.v out.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:34 PM
    I feel bad for all of yall that quit TV before HDTV came out. Man what a loss...

    Haha, I'm playing. The only thing I watch live is sports. The rest like Entourage, Weeds, Always Sunny in Philly, Daily Show, and the Colbert Report I DVR for when I have nothing to do. That way I am not programed to turn it on when they want me to like everyone else, I can watch what I want when I want, and I can fast foward though commericals.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:36 PM
    I quit at the beginning of this year when we moved interstate and started our own business. Mainly because the amount of time at home versus the cost of Paytv made it not worthwhile and there is very little on Free to Air. The BF still watches occasionally for AFL only if his team's game is being shown, so once a week max. The TV mostly gets used for video games, again only for a couple hours a week.

    I worked for 4 years for the major pay tv company here in Aus. Installation and full subscription came for free with the job... I watched a LOT of tv back then. TV was all i really did. Get up TV on, go to work talk about TV all day, with many TV's on around the work place, get home watch TV, go to bed. Rinse and repeat. The worst part of the job was when they changed my role from a tech support/program adviser type role to retention(i.e convincing people to keep paying for something they didn't really want or need). This made me quit. Just before I left I got them to install their PDR(again not cost). Once I left we cut the package down to mostly sport, comedy and docos and just recorded certain things.

    Then we moved. Sent all the equipment back to them. I feel much better without it in my life. Admittedly there is some things I miss such as the Daily Show, arrested development, TPB, South park, other cartoons and the occasional doco. I have somethings on DVD and download a few of these programs. Most on the series and cartoons I enjoy no longer have new eps anyway, so I would be paying to watch repeats

    I find that I spend more time on the net, but I also have more time for study, reading, my fish and life in general.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:46 PM
    We gave up about a year ago. Best thing for my family. Can't believe the free time we now have. My kids take music lessons their marks are up in school and they read a lot more. As for me and my wife we transformed the back yard into a veg garden and the dogs get walked every day. We also do something most of our friends never do any to each other!
    We don't miss tv and would not get it back.
    We take grief from our families about the kids missing out on stuff(shows). My inlaws even offered to buy both kids tvs for their rooms but I said they could buy them tvs but they would only get snow on the screen because I was not getting cable back in the house. They bought the kids gift certificates to Chapters instead.

    Not to mention paying around $100 a month for crap.
    I did cheat a bit when the world cup was on and would go up to my parents to watch games.

    Friends don't get it either but do see how much more we get done when we are not tied to a network schedule
    Best thing we ever did as a family!!

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:50 PM
    I sure did. I guess I started when I was in college, didn't have a tv in my dorm room. But then even when I moved out into an apt I still didn't get a tv. I have been just watching tv shows or movies on the computer only.

    Just wondering, anyone have a tv in their bathroom or car?

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:52 PM
    Yes, no TV, but for millions of people for them the internet comes through the cable or satellite. They have little choice, then, other than dial-up. Mine is DSL

    That said, you sister and her husband are worse off than couch potatos if they give up TV, retain an internet connection but know nothing about politics. What great advantange to their lives is that?

    Do they know who to vote for? The political tricks that are played daily? THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT OBAMACARE??????

    E-mail them and ask them to what level of ignorance do they desire to reduce succumb to? Hell, tell them to unplug the electric clock too!

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:53 PM
    reply to post by Benevolent Heretic

    I stopped watching TV for the most part in about 1996 or 97 cant remember which. We still had service for the rest of the family until about 2 years ago. I would watch TV every once and a while from the mid 90's until about 2004 after that I had become more aware of the EGO and quit completely.

    The funny thing is if one is on in someone else's house or in public I have to force myself not to watch. The damn things are evil.

    TV will enforce the ego and make you ignore the higher self. Once you have fully recognizes everything the ego is it will just go away.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:53 PM
    I've quit TV but for the Internet. So I'm still in the loop on all the crap this world presents to me on a daily basis.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:55 PM
    broadcast TV is simply obsolete if you have a decent internet connection. I connect my computer to the telly and watch whatever i want on demand etc.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 07:56 PM
    reply to post by Aliensun

    They do not I am almost certain (of course I dont know them at all) but they live in Sedona, are metaphysical and do not care for the world of ego.

    The world of ego is collapsing. So why should they gain negative energy when its going to come apart with them or without them?

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 08:14 PM
    Right now my tv is off. I listen to shortwave everyday. I do like to watch Bloomberg, for financial news. Top Gear on BBCA for entertainment and that's about it. I get most of my news from the web. There's more truth on the web. I haven't seen anything on Bloomberg about Exxon taking over BP. I'm waiting to see if they pick up the story.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 08:19 PM
    Yes, quit TV in 2001.
    Had a friend who had quit TV several years before and with their help I was able to kick the TV addition.
    Today, I can not even have a TV on when in the same room. It is like fingernails on a blackboard to me.
    I am more informed today on the real issues that affect our lives and am able to "SEE" the truth without the mind numbing propaganda from paid talking head.
    I would highly recommend that everyone give up the TV addiction, you will be glad you did. Freedom is sweet.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 08:24 PM
    I have had free cable for over ten years and watch only a few channels like Speed, NCIS and Bones and maybe PBS but I only watch a specific show and just that then its off.
    The information I get comes off the web and I use Crackle to watch online oldies movies.

    If the Cable hadn't been free all these years I would easily leave the TV off.

    posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 08:24 PM
    yeah we here in brooklyn have gave it up. Where i live is a place called Mckibbin where there are old warehouses made into Artist lofts. Not many apartments have a TV let alone cable. I own a tv. We watch movies and watch our performances. But i know we are just artists, and this kinda thing isn't the norm. Like as i type this, i have one guy on the couch creating a new song, when two of my friends walk in, one a rapper one a singer, both before either saying hi, start adding to his new song. This is after all of us have come from practice, studio or a show. And now i have to run because i have to lay the drums down on our new song called "Break that Tv for me." Thanks ATS. I think the key to getting your TV, is ART, of any kind.

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