04 May 2006

The Abomination in my Livingroom

Over the past year, I have become more annoyed with the television. Every chance I get, I will turn the stupid thing off. More often than not, I find the TV utterly irritating.

Due to the investment of my techno-brother David, we got a satellite dish thing (I don't know what to call it) last year. One hundred eighty channels. Who has time to watch 180 channels? Personally, if it were up to me, there wouldn't even be a TV in the house. I can't stand them.

Maybe once a week, I will actually sit down and watch an entire 30 minutes of a travel show. The rest of the time, I cannot (1) sit still long enough to actually finish a program, (2) abide the annoying and often perverse commercials, or (3) even stand the noise it makes.

However, I do like watching the occasional movie. I can (1) pick what I want to watch, (2) when I want to watch it, (3) fast-forward through scenes I don't like, and (4) pause it every 15 minutes to get up and stretch. My laptop has a DVD player, so what's the point of having a TV?

We didn't even have a TV in our house until I was at least five. At first I was entranced by the thing, but now I border on absolute hatred.

*steps off soap box* Thank you for reading my rant.


At 04 May, 2006 07:51, Blogger The IBEX Scribe said...

I own a television. It is hooked up to my X-Box (which is used almost exclusively as a DVD player). I had cable and found myself watching too much TV and had it shut off as a measure of self-discipline. I really don't miss it!

At 04 May, 2006 08:22, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

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At 04 May, 2006 08:23, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Television is such a waste of time.

At 04 May, 2006 09:58, Blogger Redeemed said...

Yes it is an abomination, the internet is another one.

These things can take up so much time away from spending it with God. We have to be careful!

At 04 May, 2006 10:23, Blogger Carey said...

X-box? My brothers have one. That is also another pet peeve of mine - video games. I hate them more than TV. *vents steam out of ears* Sorry. I think I'm in a feisty mood today.

At 04 May, 2006 10:48, Blogger мαdd said...

The commercials make me want to puke. We mostly watch HGTV and/or TV Land (The old-school; Andy Griffith, leave it to Beaver, all the shows my parents used to watch), or the Weather Channel. I don't see the point in having cable at all, personally. I think it comes cheaper with the Triad RoadRunner internet we get, so yeah.

At 04 May, 2006 10:54, Blogger The IBEX Scribe said...

Well, like I said, the X-box is rarely used for anything other than watching DVDs. I own a grand total of 3 games and the only one I have played much is the Lord of the Rings/Return of the King game. I will go months at a time without playing.

At 04 May, 2006 10:57, Blogger Carey said...

Confession: I did play ROTK with my little brother and liked it, but it got old after a while.

At 04 May, 2006 11:02, Blogger The IBEX Scribe said...

Carey, you would probably agree with my mom's assessment of the relationship between the TV and furniture arrangement. Consider most homes - you go into the living room or den or whichever room has the main TV and how is the seating arranged? Probably all of it faces the television. It's like the shrine of the room toward which we all focus our attention. The TV in the living room at my parents' house is hidden behind the closed doors of a corner unit when it is not in use. I like that idea.

At 04 May, 2006 11:08, Blogger Carey said...

That would be nice if we could hide it in a cabinet.

*laughs* Yeah, the American living room really is a shrine to the TV. Maybe we should have incense burners.

At 04 May, 2006 11:31, Blogger Revelation 2:17 said...

not so far fetched, for in the not-so-distant future

"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
Revelation 13:15

At 04 May, 2006 12:30, Blogger Palm boy said...

Dude, its a TV! A device that delivers information in a timely manner. If you don't like whats on one channel, you change it!

Anyways, what else would you have turned on when the planes flew into the towers, or when katrina happened?
The Internet? Please. Live, Streaming news is a joke.
The Radio? You can't see anything, and you've got to trust what someone is saying.

The Living room isn't a shine to an electronic device any more then a cubicle is a shine to a computer.

At 04 May, 2006 12:47, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

PB, good point.

It is easy to criticize people for their choice of watching t.v.

T.V. is not necessarilly addictive or an idol.

However, I see little point in watching t.v. other than the news.

Do you people never listen to the radio?

Every Blessing in Christ


At 04 May, 2006 15:06, Blogger Carey said...

Sorry, Robert, sorry. You have a point there. The news is usually the only thing I watch, but even that gets annoying (especially CNN). If I can, I prefer BBC World News.

Rev, my dad uses the same argument about the TV. I seriously have my doubts.

At 04 May, 2006 15:07, Blogger Carey said...

Matthew, I listen to the radio during my morning and afternoon commutes.

At 05 May, 2006 02:39, Blogger Revelation 2:17 said...

I have a T.V., little-watched, but I have one. I didn't mean the T.V. the way you have today necessarily.
I just think it is a step in the right direction, as far as the antiChrist is concerned. I know some people push arguments like these to extremes.
Like Paul says, use the world, but don't abuse it.

At 05 May, 2006 06:22, Blogger Palm boy said...

The radio?
Matt, I live off the radio. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin in the afternoons is pretty much whats on any where I go, unless I'm mowing.

At 05 May, 2006 09:47, Blogger Carey said...

"Use the world, but don't abuse it." Like that. I think I came across as totally anti-TV. Not completely, but I was unusually annoyed with it that day. I don't watch much - maybe a 30 min program once a week - but 50% of my problem is I don't like to sit still that long. If I do watch TV, I am doing something else simultaneously. When I watch movies, I like to pause every 30 min and get up to do something else. Watching LOTR takes me forever.

At 05 May, 2006 16:56, Blogger TheEarthCanBeMoved said...

When We earned the privilage of watching TV here,
I was like "woo hoo..."
Big deal.
I never watched TV at home.

And the Communist New Network is biased.

At 05 May, 2006 21:30, Blogger Carey said...


At 08 May, 2006 16:51, Blogger Julia said...

I like tv. Oh well. I never get to watch it though.


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