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Shoot on Sight
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 3/2/2013 4:56:40 AM

I killed my television. Please don’t kill me for saying so. As a repeat offender, I understand that admissions of this sort tend to get interpreted as boasts akin to “I speak French.” A reverse snobbery pervades in which stupid looks down on smart from below. Television, an unparalleled tool of mass conformity, never threatens individuality as much as when one of its audience cuts for the exits. So long as television manufactures normal, killing your television will always appear as the height of abnormality. (Snip)Would you want your name associated with Joanie Loves Chachi, Amish Mafia, or Chris Hansen?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 3/2/2013 5:27:40 AM     (No. 9204026)

The Idiot Box is only as stupid as the idiot operating the remote.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 3/2/2013 6:01:34 AM     (No. 9204061)

I know this is a humorous piece but please let me take the opportunity to make a pitch for living without cable or satellite TV.

Believe me when I say we did NOT suffer withdrawal symptoms after we donated the TVs (and took a nice tax deduction, too). There is more than enough on your computer to read for yourself instead of listening to someone read news and put emphasis in the wrong places.

If you miss TV shows they can usually be found on Youtube. Movies are free on Youtube, the need to click to Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. are not a problem. Yes, I know you´ve probably seen them but the longer you do without TV, the more new-to-you videos you´ll find.

If there´s an emergency situation, you can find a live video feed from Fox or BBC or whatever.

Best of all you save lots of money and have time to do other things. If the children still want cable, tell them they have to pay for it out of their allowance.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read, 3/2/2013 7:07:54 AM     (No. 9204117)

I still have TV for my 90 year old father. Me, I use it to watch DVDs most of the time.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: hxbuff, 3/2/2013 7:32:48 AM     (No. 9204149)

Killed mine five years ago, would never go back. Netflix for movies or good series. A nice bar for occasional football game.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chumley, 3/2/2013 9:34:32 AM     (No. 9204366)

During the last two week long+ power outages, we had no TV and only radio for entertainment. It was like the Waltons all gathered around their RCA peering through the static listening for news of the war. I didnt miss the TV because there was always lots of work to do, but suspect some of the others did.
Since power came back, I scroll through the hundreds of channels and am astonished that there is nothing worth watching. Even my old stand by, Fox news, has turned to carp.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JackBurton, 3/2/2013 10:38:27 AM     (No. 9204489)

FTA: Even in the 1950s, when futurists still backwardly dreamt of the medium’s enormous potential, Bradbury recognized something stupid this way comes.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: andromedastudio, 3/2/2013 12:02:58 PM     (No. 9204661)

I hate television...as far as I am concerned it can disappear in a microsecond and I would not miss it. My opinion is that the vast majority of people that waste their time watching TV are helping to ruin the country. If I want to watch something, I get it from Netflix on DVD. No irritating trivial commercials to watch and I can pause anytime I choose to do so. I will not let it in the house.

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