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September 22nd, 2009

Roots; Forensics @ 01:02 am




I don't watch TV
it really disturbs me
it's inane
often terribly repeditive, pedantic
and increasingly violent, traumatizing and stressful
I think it's assinine that so many people program themselves with such
high-tension fears and dramas nightly
but then, I don't understand the actions if most of society
(oh, but I pretend to)

like those people who leave the TV on all day, loudly,
as if to hear the town square in their livingroom
as if there is a society
right around the corner
of their desperately isolated lives

but that's probably presumtious, right?
they just like the chatter, the company... the education.

in the last decade and a half
I've pretty much only watched movies
south park, and other Adult Swim satires
though even those rarely
this year
I've watched both seasons of True Blood and It's Always Sunny in
Philadelphia

satires are fine
I get it
it agrees with me
and is often entertaining:
it's all crazy

but the shit that passes for entertainment scares me

it's all cop shows or hospital shows
the majority of it is people screaming at eachother and displaying how
Right they are all the time

the situaltional dramas

cop show with a psychic
cop show with an anthopologist
cop show with a serial killer
cop show in Miami, Phoenix, DC
with sexual assult
or drug smuggling
or fucking aliens

why are people so obsessed with the fucking Cops?
someone point me to some essays about this shit.

safe?
right?
powerful?
free to do bad? really that bad? but always getting caught, right?
ugh

but this is what my parents eat
and my sister
and so many people I've met all over the world

I fucking hate TV
(though I may start watching Dexter... or Survivour...)
but I'm a racoob like the rest of us
if it's on
I can't help but stare at it
I do my best to avoid it

(but I'll be on it someday soon... serves me right, I'm sure)

anyway
what I meant to write about tonight was something intelligent about
being with my family
and understanding them through the drama they force in through their
eyes
but I just ranted in hysteria
like I saw on TV

I really don't understand
and it disturbs me

I'm going to sleep now
and I'm very happy to be slleping in my bed tomorrow
in my apartment
with No TV

( though I do have a... room mate for a bit; we'll see how that goes )

Hello

.iP

 
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From:danthered
Date:September 22nd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't've written this, for I'm not a poet, but I heartily agree. There's no TV set in the house, and when there was it was hooked up only to a DVD player. In grade school "social studies" they taught us to point and laugh at the communists for carpet-bombing their populations with endless brainwashing and propaganda via TV. There was, of course, no discussion at all of the fact we got the same shit here they had over there. The content is slightly different — it's adapted for a consumer economy based on ever-expanding consumption fuelled by a carefully-cultivated, insatiable dissatisfaction that can only be quelled temporarily by buying more stuff. At the same time, it discourages deep or critical thinking and enforces other social programming — for all the selfgratulatory crap the TV industry spews about how this or that show was instrumental in breaking down stereotypes, it's obvious many shows require an "other" to mock. When it becomes socially unacceptable to mock one particular kind of "other", they move on to another kind.

Of course, as transairn points out, the internet is just as addictive. This brings problems, but they seem a good bit less severe because of the internet user's active content selection and rejection.
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From:bboyblue32
Date:September 22nd, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)

as a former tv addict

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I am pretty anti-TV, but also a former TV addict. With everything accessible on the internet it is easy to indulge old habits. I hate the presence of them like you do, it seems for some people they are the "roommate", "lover" or "family member" who is just always there for them. it's creepy. I don't think people understand how much it controls they way you think and what you like or don't like. Its like any other drug.
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From:leafshimmer
Date:September 22nd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I also live in a no TV household, though we still have the videotapes and DVDs.

I keep meaning to get one of those gizmos that allows one to silence any TV in a public space via remote control.

Your latest portrait is simply ravishing.
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From:dhpbear
Date:September 22nd, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
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"Television is just like marriage: it's home and it's free!" - Rip Taylor
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From:bon_homme_dane
Date:September 22nd, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
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i just watch movies...then again I watch PBS...then again I do masturbate and watch porn...nice pic...
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From:bon_homme_dane
Date:September 22nd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
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then again maybe the moral of the story is to read books..

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