You Too Should Cancel Cable

Posted March 29, 2006 by Evan Tishuk

"My hope is that there will be a massive social and cultural move away from television. The benefits of such a change will be tremendous. We will become smarter, more informed, and less prone to commercial manipulation." Read the whole "Why You Too Should Cancel Cable" manifesto.


nobrainer ~ March 29, 2006

I made it through the post and about 1/3 (of the 78) comments. Talk about starting with a good idea and carrying it to illogical extents.

The damn thing was so rife with sarcasm and ignorance that I'm more inclined to believe it is an endorsement for (cable) television.

She "watches about 3 hours of television a week" and, after cutting that out, her life drastically changes? She's suddenly a better shopper and losing weight?

"We will become smarter, more informed, and less prone to commercial manipulation...." So what if we give up TV for reading Cosmo or Maxim? No commercial manipulation there. Or in newspapers. Or on, you know, the internet. Book publishers wouldn't dream of putting ads or product placements in their books. Or in the DVDs that she still rents. Or in the TV shows that she downloads from the internet or buys in sets from the store. Or on the radio broadcasts she listens to.

Adam Gautsch ~ March 29, 2006

Using the same theme from "It's always a good time to start a good business" post.

It's not TV or no TV it's good TV versus bad TV.

Spending your Saturday afternoon watching Real World/ Road Rules marthon- bad.

Watching the Simpson's years 2 through 8- good.

This also goes for everything else. Just because it is in book format doesn't make good. Or just because it's on NPR doesn't make intellegent. etc, etc, etc,

Evan Tishuk ~ March 29, 2006

Nobrainer: You did better than I could. I made it through about 5 comments before moving to richer pastures. Your brain is truly less squishy than mine.

Like beer, cable tv should be used in moderation. It's not inherently evil, but, Nobrainer, you have to admit, this quote speaks to your own astuteness and logical processing abilities:

When you watch television, you become a passive observer of news. When this happens, your cognitive processes slow down, and you absorb information before you have a chance to process it. In this way, television makes your brain a soft and squishy sponge, perfectly willing to internalize all the misinformation that is propagated to further somebody else's agenda. When you become an active seeker of news (as you are when you browse websites, read newspapers, or talk to other people) you are more likely to question and analyze the content before believing that it is true.

Wether or not you agree that TV necessarily MAKES your brain soft is another question. I would argue most peoples' brains are already fairly soft. But it would be interesting to see if a lack of television sharpens your brain enough to measure a difference.

P.S. I posted this link to extend the Democracy TV post made by Bear several days ago.

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