We own a really old TV. One time, before Paul and I were even married, his room mate moved out and left his TV. Such is the TV we own. It’s not fancy. We own very few movies and check out DVD’s for Eli from the library. Since we rent them from the library he is a few years behind. You thought Bob the Builder was hot right now? Wrong. Apparently Handy Manny or Handy Mandy or something like that has replaced him. Eli doesn’t notice. Bob is the epitome of manliness (besides Paul) in his eyes.
I guess I’m trying to make a point. And that point is that we spend VERY little on entertainment. We simply don’t have much money to spend on it. I don’t think I would ever actually pay real money for a TV. We spend 10$ a month on Netflix. So when this whole thing about a converter box came up, it got me thinking, “What if we didn’t get one?”
But, you say, then you couldn’t watch TV. I think that’s exactly my point. I watch less and less TV these days. Rather, I enjoy watching something (anything, movies, seasons of a show rented from netflix) on my own time. There are two reasons why:
1. No commercials. Try an experiment: Don’t watch TV for a month. At the end of the month, watch TV for about 5 minutes. See if the commercials aren’t 100 times as annoying as before. It’s all conditioning people – conditioning!
2. I don’t have to be tied down to 8 pm Pacific Standard East West Coast Time. I can watch it whenever I want.
But what about the news? Don’t you want to know what’s going on in the world? That’s another good experiment: Try not watching the news for a month. I bet you would know the same amount of information about the world, you would just know the most important parts. Most TV news is not relevant or important, just interesting (in a salacious or horrifying way). I really don’t want to know what the latest thing is that scientist think may possibly, probably, maybe, not really cause cancer or who got busted for hoarding cats. I’m a big fan of NPR (though I think they lean terribly left) and certain news websites. Don’t be mistaken – everyone is SELLING news.
What about sports? If you knew us that would be a really funny question.
What about your hubby? Also really funny. I don’t think I have ever met someone who cared less about TV. I have to MAKE him watch movies (he usually enjoys them though). The only reason we have a TV, besides it being free, is because of me. Pre-Elias I did have my TV rituals.
Don’t be mistaken. I do not think I am better than the general population because of my disinterest in TV. I watched every single episode of Northern Exposure this past summer. When I have time, I have been know to drown myself in a series or movie. It’s relaxing…sometimes refreshing. I think I am learning to be more picky about what I consume. There is a big temptation to turn on the TV just to tune out, or out of habit or addiction. This is what I am trying to avoid by saying NO to the digital converter box.
Wow, that was a little longer than I set out for it to be. By the way, on this the eve of the first day of school after break it is snowing, blowing and howling outside. As fate would have it. I’ve had a really nice Christmas Break and will miss being home with my little man and my big man. Stay warm!