Thursday, May 24, 2007
Why Don't I Watch TV? Oh...That's Right
We don't have either broadcast or cable or satellite television in our home. So we don't watch TV very often. It's interesting to reaffirm, when we are in a place to see tv, why we don't watch it.
I am in Chicago this week for a 5-day training course. My hotel room has a television. Normally, I don't have access to TV, but this week I thought I'd watch it a little bit.
Here's what I found:
Based on frequency of reporting, Rosie O'Donnell is the most important person on earth. I'm not sure how many times I either turned off the TV or changed the channel, because I had already heard a "news story" of her yelling at another woman on some show called "The View".
A guy on a show called "Deal or No Deal" used random intuition (no intellect or skill, mind you) to determine that he would rather see if his briefcase contained $1 million rather than take $305,000. When he failed, and instead was awarded with $25 and a new car, I could see palpable hatred on the faces of his family members. What a family-building exercise, huh?
A vile video mocking a teacher, for which a student was suspended from school, was shown on national television. That was thoughtful!
A man committed sexual battery on a babysitter, but says he was sleepwalking. That's important!!!
This is not to say that some things on television are not educational or important. It's just that most of it is filth and refuse.
So, as a general rule, I am not missing much of anything.