In all sincerity,
I love all the replies to this thread.
Seems everyone here gets the hint.
But I see TV like anything else in the world.
Moderation is key
Personally I hate the television and what it has turned people into.
The constant bombardment of consumerism, debt, or fake ideals makes me sick.
I get bored even sitting down long enough to turn it on.
And when a friend comes over they all say the same thing.
"You don't have cable? WHAT!? Are you insane?"
Why is that?
All, and I mean ALL, of my friends think I'm out-of-touch.
Just because I don't bow to the LCD god.
I have no clue what happens on cable TV and don't care.
When they ask me about the latest sports game...
...I use my most famous rebuttal.
"No. I missed it, but can you tell me what the federal reserve does?"
Anything along those lines will work.
Basically I get the same response.
Rolled eyes or a stupid, blank, almost engineered look on their face.
Them: "What are you talking about?"
Me: "Do you know why we are in debt?"
Them: "No but I know who won last seasons American Idol."
Just like the previously mentioned shows title states: Idol.
Because that is what the TV is to alot of people.
When you spend more time in front of the TV than anything else.
You are basically worshipping it.
PS: Not all Americans are brainwashed.
Just those who emulate what they see on TV.
(which is probably 90% of them)