Ditch TV

I’m wondering what life would be like without TV — if I just ditched it completely.  The cost of cable TV is outrageous, plus I have to watch all those commercials.   More like being brainwashed by commercials, as they force you to watch the same commercial so many times.  Think about that — you are actually paying them in order for you to watch commercials endlessly.  Crazy.

The number of things I want to watch on TV I can count on one hand — may be not even one hand.  So much of TV is pure nonsense.   In  the 60’s, they called it a wasteland, but it may have actually gone downhill from then.

That would certainly be marching to a different drummer — no TV at all.  I’d probably end up reading more, which is a good thing — and no commercials.

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Back in the 1950s when TV was still young, all you needed to get content was an antenna.  You put up your antenna and connected it to your TV set, and voila! TV shows appear on the channel you select.  It was magic, and the only cost for getting these TV shows was the cost of the antenna and the TV set.  The ads that accompanied the TV shows as well as the endorsements put out during the shows paid for the service.   One immediately thinks of Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions, or Dinah Shore belting out: “See the USA in your Chevrolet.”  And you got it all for free — what a miracle!

Today, you don’t get TV content for free anymore, but the ads are still there.  Think about that for a moment.  In effect, you are paying to watch ads that you don’t really want to watch, and the ads are interfering with what you do want to watch.  Ad money still underwrites the service, but, in addition to that, you are also paying for the service — a double whammy, no magic here.

It is true that some programming is now ad free.  And how much more enjoyable is it to watch a full-length movie without constant interruptions by annoying ads — a lot!  But shouldn’t all content paid for directly by the consumer getting it be ad free?

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