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Nathan Paris
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So I decided to get rid of cable TV around a year ago.

Personally I love the decision! I don't spend hours of my life wasted on the couch listening to propaganda being forced down my throat, I find myself 100 times more productive, and now at the end of the day I have a feeling of accomplishment instead of a head full of useless TV shows.

My issue now is that I find that I loose out on a lot of social time with friends because now when someone wants to talk to me about some cool new show or some funny commercial I can't relate so I can't join in on the conversation. At first I didn't even pay attention to it but now I've been able to spot it when it happens and I keep a sort of running tab on how many opportunities to socialize I miss and it happens quite often.

I guess my point is this, how sad is it that just because I've decided to live a healthier life (without cable) I am now missing out on having more social interactions with people that I care about. Cable TV I've found has a built in self feeding cycle. If you don't have it you can't relate as much to the ones that you care for.

I think next time someone asks me "hey did you see that show (insert show name here)" I'll just politely say I don't have cable but do you know about permaculture? To them it's just as foreign as TV is to me. But this way maybe the tables will turn in my favor and I can get more people on our bandwagon here and off the propaganda machine called cable TV.
 
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The only problem is that there are usually still screens in the house. My computer screen, for instance. It doubles as a tv when we want to watch films or sitcoms.

And then there's web surfing that takes up a good bit of time. Sometimes aimless and unproductive, sometimes it's for work or enlightenment. But it's a screen none the less and a Time Vampire.

I liked the book "Better off" by Eric Brende. They went without electricity or cars in an amish village for a year.
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though i do love my internet i think if i were to make some significant change in my life, i would have to consider amish living, it seems so simple - though filled with labor and seems to be one of the most fulfilling religions ive ever seen, though i know little about it
 
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I couldn't give up my internet, the Internet is my knowledge base. Internet access gives you access to unlimited amounts of useful information.

I do have a Netflix account but I just use it to watch movies. I don't really follow any tv showes on it.
 
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unfortunately you will likely give up your internet the next time a serious disaster occurs due to an executive order (unconstitutional thing as it is) signed by obama the friday before july 4th
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57469950-93/obama-signs-order-outlining-emergency-internet-control/
http://www.cnbc.com/id/48151460/Obama_s_Internet_Order_Power_Grab_or_Simple_Update

whether or not anyone plans for it to happen, disasters are a governments favorite time to take the most liberties because the people are too scared to care

i should also add something relevant to the thread and say that ive pretty much grown up without cable, when younger i seemed to be under the impression i was missing out on something but now that ive had time to watch more tv when outside of the home i realise that cable really is just a total waste of money lol

 
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I havn't had a cable plugged into my tv for over 7 years, personally I found it presented quite a significant social change for the better.
Yes you'll live a life where you don't know what people are talking about, I tell people I don't live my life choking down current affairs to show I'm on top of things trivial that don't effect how we live our lives day to day.
I'll say, does some celebrity's new boob job help the taste of the dam coffee in the machine at work? Cuzz if it doesn't i'll stick to being the top predator of the office coffee grounds for my garden instead.
The joy and laughter you can bring socially just by the humor you give to being a representation of what life can be like unplugged from the forced stream of media. The other people begin to recognize your strangeness to them, is also what makes your social presentations always interesting.

I watch movies of my choosing, I don't choose from what is presented to watch. Yes I'll shout out, did anyone see star wars I just watched it this weekend and it's pretty good, "yes more laughter", but the bottom line is often you end up being the one who brings up un-accessed memories in people they have long forgotten.
When I talk about my weekend of not having any plans but a list of farm things a mile high; somebody might say wow your life reminds me of my grandparents who use to live on a farm, I use to eat rabbit when I was a kid.

You still can read the news, you just don't stream the news, you still watch things, but you have self directed education. If my daughter wants to go on a 2 day tv binge, she can do it in front of commercial free documentary after documentary. When people hear that kind of talk, they shut up and start reconsidering the choices there making in their lives, and you living the way you are fosters that.

You do not have to be socially banished, but can socially thrive as a unique and new experience for other people socially. That makes you one of a kind.
 
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unfortunately you will likely give up your internet the next time a serious disaster occurs due to an executive order


au contraire. The executive order helps assure that the internet will stay up and alive in the event of a major disaster.
It is merely an update of a 1984 policy, made to keep up with changing technologies.

Its primary function, as regarding the internet, is to thwart those who would want to impede internet access.
The government relies on the internet, more than we do, to keep its infrastructure operational.

 
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John Polk wrote:
unfortunately you will likely give up your internet the next time a serious disaster occurs due to an executive order


au contraire. The executive order helps assure that the internet will stay up and alive in the event of a major disaster.
It is merely an update of a 1984 policy, made to keep up with changing technologies.

Its primary function, as regarding the internet, is to thwart those who would want to impede internet access.
The government relies on the internet, more than we do, to keep its infrastructure operational.



You are being hopeful. The system is complex (high expensive maintainance) and requires a lot of energy. But I do understand my own reliance on the net, so I have been buying how to books from the thrift shop just in case.
 
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Rick Larson wrote:
John Polk wrote:
unfortunately you will likely give up your internet the next time a serious disaster occurs due to an executive order


au contraire. The executive order helps assure that the internet will stay up and alive in the event of a major disaster.
It is merely an update of a 1984 policy, made to keep up with changing technologies.

Its primary function, as regarding the internet, is to thwart those who would want to impede internet access.
The government relies on the internet, more than we do, to keep its infrastructure operational.



You are being hopeful. The system is complex (high expensive maintainance) and requires a lot of energy. That is why it is vulnerable. But I do understand my own reliance on the net, so I have been buying how to books from the thrift shop just in case.
 
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I got rid of my TV about 10 years ago, I've accomplished a lot without it. Though with high speed internet I've admittedly wasted a lot of time watching movies, sitcoms,etc. online.


My two cents on government control of the internet. The idea of the government "shutting down" the internet does not make sense.

No one government or power can shut down the internet because of its very nature- it is worldwide. Iran and China attempt to censor internet by filtering or cutting off access to systems outside the country, but there are a number of ways of bypassing this- proxies/ tunneling software, wireless transmissions, radio / microwave transmission, teenage hackers,etc.


 
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Haven't had TV programming for 40 years(since I was 6 yrs old) and haven't missed one socializing activity from the lack of it. I read a lot and also keep up with pop culture a little..and I do mean a little... through magazines in the library, the newspaper and here on the net enough to be able to discuss it and to do the crossword puzzles in the newspaper. As time goes by that gets less and less important to me, though, and I no longer care about "popular" culture...it's all garbage and not worth tucking into the braincase.
 
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N Harris wrote:So I decided to get rid of cable TV around a year ago.

Personally I love the decision! I don't spend hours of my life wasted on the couch listening to propaganda being forced down my throat, I find myself 100 times more productive, and now at the end of the day I have a feeling of accomplishment instead of a head full of useless TV shows.

My issue now is that I find that I loose out on a lot of social time with friends because now when someone wants to talk to me about some cool new show or some funny commercial I can't relate so I can't join in on the conversation. At first I didn't even pay attention to it but now I've been able to spot it when it happens and I keep a sort of running tab on how many opportunities to socialize I miss and it happens quite often.

I guess my point is this, how sad is it that just because I've decided to live a healthier life (without cable) I am now missing out on having more social interactions with people that I care about. Cable TV I've found has a built in self feeding cycle. If you don't have it you can't relate as much to the ones that you care for.

I think next time someone asks me "hey did you see that show (insert show name here)" I'll just politely say I don't have cable but do you know about permaculture? To them it's just as foreign as TV is to me. But this way maybe the tables will turn in my favor and I can get more people on our bandwagon here and off the propaganda machine called cable TV.


I love this observation as I have done the same over 6 years ago. Though I haven't brought up permaculture maybe I should try. Personally I don't think socializing about television is actually in any way a positive social interaction. I think its 100% negative and actual degrades society. Really how much can one talk about? "ooh i like that" or "ooh I don't like that" or "can you believe what so and so did?" or "(insert most trendy catch phrase here)". Really? These are fictitious, usually incredibly badly written characters and stories that aim for the lowest common denominator with the fewest brain cells. I swear no matter what the newest most popular show is you can listen in on a conversation and hear different variations of above quotes repeated ad nauseum. When people start emotionally arguing or debating meaningless TV drivel with the same pathos as if its world changing events I can't help but roll my eyes, and especially if they just do it all over again for the next new show.

TV saps the will of the people, or more accurately redirects it into bullshit. Can you tell I hate TV
 
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I make my living in the entertainment industry as do many of my friends and acquaintances, so I can't hate on TV too much! It's almost impossible to get to work on anything of quality, because of the business part of "show-biz" which is all about the bottom line and not about creativity. That part I hate. Folks who work in it "below the line" are doing the best they can in spite of the horridness of the industry.

 
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In defence of TV.

I was raised in the cultural and intellectual desert of an overly religious family. TV was my window into the world beyond. Those in charge of the church were against children watching TV not because of time wasted but because of the very real danger that we would be exposed to ideas. (Just like the fears of the Chinese Communist Party concerning the internet)

The television can be an important educational tool. With the hundreds of channels now available, I can usually find something intelligent to watch.

About half of my TV time is concerned with documentaries, much of it on PBS type stations. I have been a big fan of Frasier, Seinfeld, and MASH. The Simpsons and South Park are perfectly tuned to my sense of humour. Jon Stewart (Liebowitz) is my favourite late night guy. Jay Leno isn't Johnny Carson. The only current sitcom that I love is called Modern Family. I've only seen three episodes but they were very witty.

I am the "Simon Cowell" of my family and circle of friends, a job I take seriously.

I don't plan to give up TV, movies, reading, internet surfing , radio or squinting at bumper stickers and jokes written on bathroom walls. I am not bored, scared of offended by any of it and my life is richer because of all of the ideas and entertainment value.

I even like the commercials, although I'm not the target audience since I buy almost everything second hand and am not swayed by them. The funniest commercials feature very young girls who claim that their great skin came about due to the featured product.
 
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Dale:

Some good points there. Sometimes TV can be a window to the wider world. I was also raised in the cultural desert of an overly religious family.
I also like a number of the shows you mentioned (I just watch them on the net)


 
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Hah. I'm old enough to remember people getting cable tv just to avoid the ads.

Entire shows & movies without ads.

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