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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Thoughts on the evil black box in my living room

There is an evil black box in my living room. It takes these invisible waves in the air and turns them into moving pictures called entertainment mostly consisting of shows where real people are put into bizarre situations and forced to humiliate themselves in front of a camera crew. And the occasional cop drama and/or medical show. The evil black box is extraordinarily good at sucking up perfectly good time and using it up.

And still, getting rid of it seems anti-American somehow. And then again I don't really hate the evil box, because it brings me all sorts of guilty pleasures like 30 Rock and Boston Legal and Pushing Daisies when I am in the mood for something mindless that seems educational, CSI. But I hate that I love television so much. But without it, I would not have kicked everyone's rear end at SceneIt the other night. And I really, really like netflixing old Star Trek episodes and watching them on TV.

So I've struck a kind of compromise with myself this year. I gave up any regular television watching, since the few shows I did watch are either being canceled (Pushing Daisies) or have declined so far in quality as to make them unwatchable (Life). I set goals of stuff I have to do before I can watch tv. And since I hardly ever get them done in time, I hardly ever watch tv. And luckily for me and hubby, I got noise-canceling headphones for Christmas, so when he wants to watch, I can still do writing and reading.

Anyone else have a love/hate relationship with the evil black box?


Natasha @ Maw Books said...

This is why we don't have cable or satellite. We still use those rabbit ears and get a few fuzzy stations. We love shows but everything we watch is on DVD. It kind of makes it so the TV isn't on all the time, going from one show to the next. We have to think about what we are going to watch.

Anonymous said...

I am so jealous you ever have time! Kim, Kim, I have so much to read and so much to write about and did I mention all the reading I have to do? How do you make time for TV! I can't even find time to watch the shows I'm interested on DVD. *sobs*

Lezlie said...

I've never been much of a TV watcher. The only reason I have cable or even turn on the TV is to watch my MN Timberwolves play basketball. If it weren't for them, I would never miss it if the TV were gone. I like the idea of the noise-cancelling headphones! Great gift!!


Alice Teh said...

I don't own any... :D

Sam said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean and so I try to refrain from watching too much cos I get home at 5pm, sit down and suddenly realise that it is 10pm and I have done NOTHING!

Andi said...

Yep! It's a timesuck. I've gotten better at avoiding it in the daylight hours and only watching when my brain is too fried to do anything else. Now if I could be so disciplined on the computer!

Trish said...

I've become pretty disinterested in TV lately. Seems that all the shows are the same or like you say, declining. We watch TV when we eat dinner and in bed, but if I can help it, I leave the TV watching to hubby--or even pull out the laptop so I can blog while he watches. But I agree--because of that black box I totally rock at Scene-It, too. :P

Kim L said...

natasha-that is totally where I am, and my life is better for it!

renay-that is a very sad story, but I have to say that between reading and TV, you're probably getting the better deal. Your brain won't be rotted by the evil black box. :-)

lezlie-yeah, noise-canceling headphones are The. Bomb.

Alice Teh-headphones or a TV? If its a TV, then I applaud you. I can't quite take the final step of getting rid of ours.

Sam-oh that is so easy to have happen! So aggravating, so I can't even start on the TV sometimes or I waste the whole evening.

andi-ha, ha, if only. I don't know how to discipline myself about the computer. I will have to learn someday.

trish-srsly, there are WAY too many reality tv shows... they are the trash of the tv lineup. I have absolutely no problem avoiding those shows!

Susan said...

oh yes, that evil black box. I occasionally entertain the idea of throwing it out, but my kids would explode and possibly my husband. Then, again, i've spent the evening on the computer. Writing and reading I put last, why? So you and I are alot alike, except you have cut out tv watching, which I did in the fall....if only Battlestar Galactica weren't coming back tomorrow night, I could avoid tv for the next three days!!! At least your post shows I am not alone in this struggle!