If you walk into most homes in America at any hour of the day, even nighttime, you will found at least one television on. You may or may not find a TV watcher, but the TV will be on.

Not in our place because we don’t have cable and we don’t have a converter box. Among many other reasons, this makes Boyfriend and me strange. When we moved into our new apartment last summer, we got internet and we got cable service, mostly to watch the final season of Breaking Bad. We kept the service for a few months after Breaking Bad ended but grew increasingly annoyed with the quality of the cable service and the never ending reruns on most channels. Worse, we watched shows on TV that we have on DVD and utilized about 5 channels despite what were paying for.

So, we got rid of our cable. It was mostly Boyfriend’s idea as a cost cutting measure, but we are glad we got rid of it. The mostly wasted hours we spent watching reality shows, although they were the kind you might actually learn a little from (Pawns Stars, Tanked and Too Cute animals), we now use to read, write, talk to each other, exercise, relax or enjoy our kitten. Instead of watching TV, we utilize the internet for sports news, movies, social media, and alternative news and real information for a variety of topics. While I am not completely opposed to watching local news, sitcoms or sports, I continue to find independent reports about what is really going on in the world when just about any television channel gives 1/10 of the facts, often approved facts. If I want to watch sports, I can go to the complex gym and attempt to watch while I work out or watch will I eat at a restaurant.

Bill Hicks on watching television
courtesy of pinterest

I have always been an avid reader, and I find that reading allows me to learn, consider and then find other sources that can further explain and confirm or deny the truth. I used to read a lot of chick fiction but have switched to non-fiction books for the most part. The internet allows me access to lots of sources quite easily, and then allows me to find documentaries or funny clips to watch to lighten the mood. I am sometimes amazed at the news and world events that others don’t know about, and I almost as amazed at the trivial things others do know about and care to share that I would be otherwise unaware. I found a quote by the late, great comedian Bills Hicks that I think sums up television, unless used carefully and in moderation, very accurately.

Watch TV in moderation, research the news you see on TV, read books, and you will be pleasantly surprised at the whole other side of the story you have been missing.

© blogdaysofchrell 2014

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