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Nielson Ratings just called and they couldn't understand my answer.

Nielson Ratings just called and they couldn't understand my answer. They kept asking what I watched on tv and if I would fill out a survey log. I kept telling them that I don't watch tv. It took a couple of minutes of "I don't watch tv" for them to get the idea that I don't watch tv. She said that's alright can I still send you the survey. My answer, "Sure, but I don't watch tv. It's in storage and unplugged." That's when it first seemed to register that I don't watch tv. Must be a different world out there in tv land. Here's your 30 day challenge. Unplug your tv.

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We have cable, but about the only thing the TV is used for right now is DVDs for my toddler, and the occasional concert DVD, which my toddler also seems to gravitate to.

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That's funny. I've had cable sellers react the same.

They are not trained for a "no tv" response, so it just doesn't register with them. I wish you could have seen the look on one ostensibly internet services sales guy, who, it turns out, was actually selling TV service, when, after I let him in and he spent ten minutes, it finally registered with him that I have no TV.
I'm with ya OP. Turn it off and clear your head!

Undo what Wilson did

let's see......

this is nothing new to those who know me here.....

but it's been since i left my parent's home in 1994 that i have not had a working tv in my own home.

yes, i have watched a few shows when over at other people's houses.
how could i not??? that's all most people do!

yes seinfeld was funny. yes the simpsons. yes there has been some great acting performances all around here and there.

but at what cost i ask you?

exactly WHAT is the ticket price of television?

here's another question: how much would you ever pay for a drink of water when you're just about to die of thirst?

how much will you pay for reality?

we naturally thirst for reality, but we put it off again and again.

better options

We haven't watched tv for years. Sometimes we buy the dvds of shows that we like and want to watch. Now we watch online and project it on the big screen. Formula 1 BBC coverage on the big screen is way better! Never bother with 'news'.

My TV's been off for over 20 years

My parents cancelled cable when I was about 10 years old. I'm 33 now, and it's still off. My kids have never had cable or satellite. No doubt there is some good stuff out there, and sometimes we'll watch something at someone else's house, but by and large, it's a phenomenal waste of time that I don't need in my house.

"I find television very educational" said Groucho Marx

"Every time someone turns one on I go and read a book."

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Great Idea

I'm moving in a few weeks and have made the decision to only subscribe to internet service. The only thing that kept me hooked was football and the outdoor channel. I found that cutting out all TV provides a ton of extra time that has been applied to a few of my personal goals. EZ decision and I encourage others to try and live without your TV for week.

Great Idea

I'm moving in a few weeks and have made the decision to only subscribe to internet service. The only thing that kept me hooked was football and the outdoor channel. I found that cutting out all TV provides a ton of extra time that has been applied to a few of my personal goals. EZ decision and I encourage others to try and live without your TV for a week.

I love TV

What I found is that few people use it wisely, that is to educate and inform themselves. Where would I be without the BLUE PLANET series or anything done by David Attenborough? http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections/p0048522

If it was not for TV, I would not have heard of the highly entertaining and informative Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson - Here he is on youtube ...for those of you who plan to be around in 24 years, this may be a reason not to be surfing on the West Coast.. "Death By Giant Meteor" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaW4Ol3_M1o

And of course there is this wonderful man Dr. Michio Kaku

Best of all, FREE TO CHOOSE taught me about the "Power of the Market"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3N2sNnGwa4


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You can find out about just

You can find out about just as many, in fact MANY more things, such as those that you listed, through the internet. By purchasing cable (as tv's themselves can be used for other purposes: second computer monitor, movies, video games, etc) you are giving your money to a bureaucratic, far too regulated, propaganda machine. Of course you may stumble upon a good thing now and then, but is it really worth giving money to the huge crony corporations that allow you to access these things in the interest of brainwashing you? I think not. You lose very little by unsubscribing from cable. You may not be able to regularly watch a few of your favorite shows, but to me, with all that the internet has to offer, it's a small sacrifice to be able to push for liberty.


I really hate TV

And I just gotta add... sports are no better.

Per Doug Wead "They let us have flat screen TV's and the illusion that we are living because we see other people live.... but there is an elite group of people who make the money"

Next time you are watching TV, just turn the thing off and sit there for a moment. Now you are just staring at the wall while the world passes you by. Turning the TV back on won't actually fix that problem either...

Commercial free is just as bad...

The mind control aspect of TV is not only about advertisement or product placement.

As an example, we were staying at a hotel and the girlfriend wanted to watch "Shark Tank". If you don't know (I didn't), the ostensible premise of the show is that wannabe entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to wealthy celebrities in the hope of striking it big.

I feel like many people who watch the show think "Oh man! They're really talking brass tacks on Shark Tank. That's how powerful people make decisions. That guy pitching his invention didn't even make the cut! I've never even had an idea that good! I'm not worthy... I'm not worthy... " I think that's how imaginary TV shows lead to dangerous thinking.

How many people have you heard say "Bazinga!" in real life? I have heard more than a few unfortunately... I guess they expect a laugh track to kick in or something...

Sorry, But I Have To Have My Formula 1 Fix...

And I will be recording every stage of the Tour De France...I like to watch Python Hunters catch all those venomous vipers...

I just don't watch the news anymore...

One of the most profound decisions I've made in awhile.

It's been two years now without that junk. I'm much healthier for it. If I want to watch something, I rent it.
That decision has freed up my time and mind for reading. By the way, that book from Erik Petroni's post--- The Unseen Hand--- I'm on it now. Very interesting.

Only 30 days?

I am approaching close to 30 years!

Although some of that time I had one way in the back of a closet under the stairs- if something special was coming on I would dig it out, but it would never be worth the trouble to just check out what might be on...

(I did pull it out during 9/11 and for the weeks that followed but that got old fast. Then, instead of putting it away, I sold it.)

These days, (thankfully) if something's worth watching it can be found online.

Funny, I called the phone company today to remove wires

Because I don't have a home phone and don't need the wires above the driveway or along my roof line. They transferred me twice and still didn't quite understand that I don't have a home phone and don't want the wires. At the end of the call the guy took my cell number to have a technician call me--then he asked "is that your home phone?"
We live in a very interesting time.

Just tear them down

They are not even potentially dangerous. Even if they were live, (which yours aren't) you could put the wires in your mouth and feel only a little tingle.

Very funny story though! =)

Uh, not quite. If a phone

Uh, not quite. If a phone call goes through on a live phone wire, the voltage doubles to about 90 volts...not exactly a little tingle in your mouth. ;-)

A heads up. The phone technician won't exactly be thrilled about removing a phone wire from the house and then the telephone pole, even if the home owner never intends to move. The technician doesn't know the home owner's intentions. He just knows that the next homeowner will most likely want him to put the line back up. My advice is to give the guy a break.

Doubles to 90 volts, huh? I

Doubles to 90 volts, huh? I don't think so. Did you know your phone will still work when your power is out? It is not wise to talk on a land line with a hard wire attached to it, many people have been electrocuted while talking on the phone in a storm.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

A telephone line sitting idle

A telephone line sitting idle has approximately 48 volts. In some cases, range extenders for outer limit lines can increase voltage. Under normal conditions a ringing current brings voltage to approximately 90 volts. Electrocutions from storms are due to electrical hits, not to the voltage coming from telecom batteries. All the same, 90 volts in your mouth will probably make you jump and ring your eardrums for hours or even days.

Yes I did know that about land lines. I have an old style phone for those occasions when the power goes out.

Must have close to zero amps

Must have close to zero amps then because you can't get shocked with a phone line

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Why must you argue with me,

Why must you argue with me, Ira? LOL. I know what I'm talking about. Also, if you are out in the rain, and someone places a call, you will feel a jolt if you are touching the ring side of the line with your fingers. It won't kill you, but you'll sure cuss. Just don't put the wire in your mouth for pete's sake. Google it.

Here's a better challenge...

Here's a better challenge... kill your cable bill.

Buy a Roku Player - and watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and Crackle. Use an HDMI cord to hook up your laptop and plug in an HD antenna. That's it... no more $120 cable bill.

There's nothing wrong with enjoying great television series', and you don't have to feed MSM and cable to watch them.

"A true competitor wants their opponent at their best." Lao Tzu

I just download the shows I like.....

I haven't paid for cable in 10 years, before the digital switch I could just plug in my cable wire and get free basic, but after the digital switch I just get local channels for free. I don't even watch this anymore, I just download the few shows I like from www.tvunderground.org.ru or demonoid.me
I have a 60 inch tv in my living room, but really it is just a monitor.


How else will I watch the Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder NBA championship series!!??


It's not the TV, it's the content

I cut cable months ago, but I got Roku and stream commercial-free programs, games, etc. that I enjoy.

Admittedly, one has to moderate how much movies, shows, and gaming one consumes. Better to spend more time improving your life than entertaining yourself.

I don't Watch TV Either

I have cableTV,internet, and phone package and I have a small TV in the spare bedroom in case something like 911 happens but I never turn it on. Comcast offers the triple Play deal and the cable is included at no additional charge so I keep it.
I do watch documentaries and such on the internet. It's hard for people to understand when you say "I never saw that show", or I don't know who some actor is. I can't tell you how many times people have said "did you see that cool commercial" or something like that.
ALso, when I say "I don't watch TV" they say , but such as such is so great, I know you would love it. The problem is, I don't love it. I can't sit still in front of it - it doesn't hold my attention and the constant commercials are frustrating. I stopped watching about 6 years ago. If I am at another house and it is on, it bothers me with the stupid cop sirens, fake laugh tracks, crying babies, ringing cell phones and annoying noises of all kinds.

TV free for 11 years

I have not not even relapsed, not once.:)

You are being awfully hard on

You are being awfully hard on her. At least she finally got it.

I stopped watching TV in

I stopped watching TV in 1991.

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