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Does anyone else really dislike TV?

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posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:48 PM
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Im going to go there and say no, i love TV, Even though i only watch certain shows, and most of the time its background noise, its great. TV can be great if it isn't used excessively, sport for an example, i love going to the pub and watching my team on a huge HD screen, or right now, chilling with a drink and some Bear Grylls.
It's good for the old also who like the company, much like what radio used to do.

I think the problem is that people watch too much TV, and then blame the TV for making them watch it so much. Its not the TV's fault, its the person.

Also, can not forget David Attenborough, and the music they have on Sir Hollands program, (i dont know if he is a sir, but what he's done for musicians he should be). It helps comedians gain an audience, raw talent can come through tv to get their message out to the world.

Im all for TV, i agree that there are many crap programs out there, in fact 90% of them are crap. But like anything in this world, you gotto dig through the dirt to get to the gold.




posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:49 PM
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Everyone that "does not watch TV" watches more than TV than me, in fact " i don't watch TV" is probably THE most common answer to "what is your favorite TV show". Of course people always say "I don't watch TV except for....." If you catch yourself telling people you "don't watch TV" chances are you probably really mean "I watch the TV shows i like" which of course means that you do not watch the TV shows you do not like (who does?). And how did you find out about the new TV show? Probably from those advertisements you hate.
So, saying "i don't watch TV" really means nothing all, you watch TV like everyone else. you are not special and you are one of "them"



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:50 PM
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Digging through the dirt just gets you dirty.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:53 PM
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Hate is a big word.
I hate having to pay so much to my cable company as they have a virtual monopoly in my neighborhood.
I hate commercials.
But I do love my DVR, I can record and zoom through those little bits of "satans little helpers".

I do like some shows, most generally they help me get to sleep, no really for some reason when I focus my attention on that lil box o death I can fall asleep for at least a bit, and to me that is worth alot.
I do like the on/off button, if I feel all of the crap on the tube is.....well crap, I can just turn it off.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:54 PM
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I seldom watch TV. When I do, I have the remote handy so I can hit the mute when commercials come on. I have a digital converter box and an outside antenna. No cable bills. I get 15 channels, which is enough for me.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:55 PM
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Agreed my friend, I watch storage wars, and i just hate that. Its like *hold entertainment to waste two minutes of your life to let us spam your brain like an e-mail*

I love my computer, thats why i have a good one. Dual screeen, I usually have two artciles or two browsers open when im doing research on topics i enjoy, ie, lots of stuff here on ats.

I'm also learning coding, because i can read on one screen and code on the other, i love it.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:55 PM
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Its a metaphor. Got to dig through the dirt to get to the treasure.

Like, you gotta work hard to get your pay, or you have to raise the cattle to get the meat. Do some effort for something you want, even if you don't like the method, if it gets you where you wanted in the end, then it was worth it.

I thought people on here would be smart enough to understand something simple like that.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:56 PM
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Oh, how can I forget my other biggest hate for TV.
Volume of commercials vs volume of whatever show your watching.
I swear some commercials volume is twice that of the show!

Anyone else have this issue?
It really is a problem when others in your household are sleeping.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:57 PM
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Originally posted by g146541
Hate is a big word.
I hate having to pay so much to my cable company as they have a virtual monopoly in my neighborhood.
I hate commercials.
But I do love my DVR, I can record and zoom through those little bits of "satans little helpers".

I do like some shows, most generally they help me get to sleep, no really for some reason when I focus my attention on that lil box o death I can fall asleep for at least a bit, and to me that is worth alot.
I do like the on/off button, if I feel all of the crap on the tube is.....well crap, I can just turn it off.


Hate is a big word, i can change that.
Heat of the moment style thing,
But yeah i generally hate TV. I like two TV shows, and i watch them once or twice a week, thats very little TV, not no TV. And im usually gone from it when commercials are on.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:57 PM
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Originally posted by Trolloks
reply to post by DarthMuerte
 


Its a metaphor. Got to dig through the dirt to get to the treasure.

Like, you gotta work hard to get your pay, or you have to raise the cattle to get the meat. Do some effort for something you want, even if you don't like the method, if it gets you where you wanted in the end, then it was worth it.

I thought people on here would be smart enough to understand something simple like that.
But working hard does not guarantee you pay or even a job for that matter. You don't have to raise cattle to get meat. You can have your serfs do it for you. You don't have to dig through dirt to get the treasure when you can steal it via taxes and causing the fluctuation of a valueless fiat currency.


I thought people on here would be smart enough to understand something simple like that.
edit on 8-12-2011 by DarthMuerte because: (no reason given)



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:58 PM
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i agree shows like 'How its made' and the like, you can really learn a huge amount, but then there are the distracting shows which are just, distracting i suppose, just choose more carefully what you watch



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:59 PM
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Originally posted by ShadowLink
Oh, how can I forget my other biggest hate for TV.
Volume of commercials vs volume of whatever show your watching.
I swear some commercials volume is twice that of the show!

Anyone else have this issue?
It really is a problem when others in your household are sleeping.


I used to get that on a lot of stuff i would watch on my media centre,
It would just get super loud for a few seconds or minutes, or get super quiet in some instances.. Weird, maybe a TV problem.. i don't know



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 06:59 PM
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Originally posted by DarthMuerte

Originally posted by Trolloks
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Its a metaphor. Got to dig through the dirt to get to the treasure.

Like, you gotta work hard to get your pay, or you have to raise the cattle to get the meat. Do some effort for something you want, even if you don't like the method, if it gets you where you wanted in the end, then it was worth it.

I thought people on here would be smart enough to understand something simple like that.
But working hard does not guarantee you pay or even a job for that matter. You don't have to raise cattle to get meat. You can have your serfs do it for you. You don't have to dig through dirt to get the treasure when you can steal it via taxes and causing the fluctuation of a valueless fiat currency.


I thought people on here would be smart enough to understand something simple like that.
edit on 8-12-2011 by DarthMuerte because: (no reason given)


I think you're taking a metaphor and applying it to literal doings, that never works.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 07:00 PM
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Originally posted by Trolloks

Originally posted by DarthMuerte

Originally posted by Trolloks
reply to post by DarthMuerte
 


Its a metaphor. Got to dig through the dirt to get to the treasure.

Like, you gotta work hard to get your pay, or you have to raise the cattle to get the meat. Do some effort for something you want, even if you don't like the method, if it gets you where you wanted in the end, then it was worth it.

I thought people on here would be smart enough to understand something simple like that.
But working hard does not guarantee you pay or even a job for that matter. You don't have to raise cattle to get meat. You can have your serfs do it for you. You don't have to dig through dirt to get the treasure when you can steal it via taxes and causing the fluctuation of a valueless fiat currency.


I thought people on here would be smart enough to understand something simple like that.
edit on 8-12-2011 by DarthMuerte because: (no reason given)


I think you're taking a metaphor and applying it to literal doings, that never works.

No, I am talking about reality.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 07:04 PM
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You are aware of what a metaphor is aint you? They are not meant to be literal.

If you want something, you need to put some sort of effort for it. Then you may be rewarded with what you was seeking because of your efforts.

If your car breaks down, and you try to fix it, you can.

Yes, you may have to read a load of books first to understand the mechanics (in my original post, this would be the dirt) but after so long, you will understand the problem and how to fix it.

Then you can fix it, and the car will run (the gold/treasure)

Thus, dig through the dirt, and you will get the gold.

The wonders of the metaphor.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 07:07 PM
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I completely agree. It seems as if the writers of many shows think we're slow and drag everything out. I refuse to pay one red cent to go see a movie in the theater that I'm just gonna get up and walk out on anyway because it takes em' so dam long to get to the point. Satellite is pointless IMO, they play movies on networks like HBO, Showtime, etc., that came out over 20 years ago.

As far as a night out at the movies, the last movie I sat through was Super 8 and that's only because my son asked me to take him to see it. Before that, I last walked out on Training Day.

My T.V. just sits there anymore acting as a dust collector


ETA
I forgot that from time to time, I watch Boomerang so I can see all my favorite cartoons of yesteryear like Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Same.....ya know all the good stuff!
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posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 07:09 PM
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I have not watched it for 3 years and when I go to a friends house and it is on it kind of bugs me out. It's funny, I used to be the one thiniing,"shut up, my show is on," and now I am thinking,"doesn't anyone want to talk?"

And commercials, they were the final straw in getting rid of the TV, and now I am hypersensitive to them, and they instantaneously infuriate me! They are sometimes every 9 minutes! And Hulu now has way too many commercials!
That being said, I still watch a few shows, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, House, etc. I watch(not download
)them here: www.watchseries-online.com... , which is free streaming. What is crazy is viewing the titles of all the shows on, and it makes me think who in the heck watches some of these? Moderation is the key, imo....

Peace,
spec



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 07:18 PM
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Excess of Garbage Commercials.


HATE EM !!!



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 07:27 PM
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As a popular quote went in the late sixties: The medium is the message... (Marshall McLuhan)
The problem with TV is NOT its contents. Some of the same contents can be downloaded these days and watched for fun.
It is the mere fact that in this society this technology has been and will be defined by corporate and/or state interests. Who else can pay thousands of dollars per minute?

Jerry Mander showed this finding in a long scientific study published under the title "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television." He started out with the assumption that there is good content in TV and bad contents. After years of painstaking sociological study (including indigenous tribes that never gave up their traditions except when television was introduced - then suddenly changed their language preferences as well as their eating habits), he arrived at a radical anti-TV position. Even though there are very good contents sometimes, TV is a bad technology.

I think from this finer point of sociology, the Internet is a whole different ballgame. You can read four or five different alternative portals and mostly even respond during teh time you watch a single newscast when you are basically hypnotized and the staff will never answer your questions.
Watching films is also different - you do it on your own time and you know you are in control. This is paradoxically true even if you watch films or series that come from TV...

I liked watching some TV-specific series and films. I like sci fi in addition to highbrow art films. Despite the fact that they were developed for TV, I watched Star Trek and X-files (from video shops in the early nineties), then I watched Stargate and now I like Fringe. I also like the Israeli-originated psychological series In Treatment. I mentioned these because they were specifically made only for TV first. But the only time I ever had a cable TV connected were two of my most lonely and depressive years of my life. At least I knew what I was doing...

My mom watches nature films - and strictly that only. But they are getting a little more than all TV is these days - fast-paced and theatrical as opposed to relaxed and detailed...

The only creative use I can find for using straight TV casts is for the learning of another language. If you are learning German or Chinese, or whatever, even a stupid newscast or the weather report will be interesting, not to speak about nature or cultural documentaries.

TV is particularly bad for children. It messes up their time sense, and their creativity. Waldorf teachers usually ban TV for all their students under ten and they do not recommend it later either. Waldorf philosophy teaches that there are certain circuits in yur mind that can only be gradually built up - like imaginig the scenery of a fairy story your mom reads to you - and that these are short-circuited when someone is thron in front of Big Brother at too early an age. They can tell if a kid is a TV watcher by certain well-known behavioral characteristics. Psychologically, those are not too appealing (I mention two: hyperactivity and a false sense of all-knowingness - sabe lo todo).

The Internet is way better - you have to read and you can write back. I can put up music or a meditation picture... Som love pornography but at least they know what they do - that is not newscast. (The energy of a political debate is sometimes similar to a thorough S&M session but less enjoyable...
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Games? I love computers but I could only play one single game with my daughter in the course of twenty years of computer exposure - it was a Czech game with fantasy characters.

My time sense is different - I was raised with books and people and meditation. If there is anything important on the net, I like to read and scan through it first. No vids for me please, or sounds first. I am irritated when I have to watch a guy on youtube explain something lengthily when I could read his point in a minute.

See? I just can't wait until the youtube speaker will finally complete his god***mned syllable... and I even have to listen to his breathing... (If it is a great speech, though, and I already know the essence, or if there are very creative pictures and flashes in the background, I might watch.)

I also think that another possibly scientific germ of an idea someone might want to research later is this:
our whole Western conspiracy mindset may be based on the experience of several generations growing up with TV. That the world is basically manipulated and purposefully lying and we are entering a new world order etc. If you look at the scientific conclusion of Dr. Mander above, you are right but in a far simpler way: the owners of programs are so few that they can be a conspiracy simply for money, social power and prestige.

Sorry for this long and formal rant.



posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 07:34 PM
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Originally posted by PrimalRed
Everyone that "does not watch TV" watches more than TV than me, in fact " i don't watch TV" is probably THE most common answer to "what is your favorite TV show". Of course people always say "I don't watch TV except for....." If you catch yourself telling people you "don't watch TV" chances are you probably really mean "I watch the TV shows i like" which of course means that you do not watch the TV shows you do not like (who does?). And how did you find out about the new TV show? Probably from those advertisements you hate.
So, saying "i don't watch TV" really means nothing all, you watch TV like everyone else. you are not special and you are one of "them"


Well I guess I'm not "Everyone"...I don't watch TV, haven't for ten years. Life is too short to watch others live theirs on television! Other than a power cable the only other cable going into my television is an HDMI feed from my DVD player. Of course I'm a bit strange, I own an iphone with the wifi turned OFF! I don't eat in the staff cafeteria at work because the TV is always on and blaring, I grab a plate of food and go to my office. In my opinion TV has an agenda I do not have the time for...Keeping people pacified and ill informed!




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