Television. Where do you get your content?
OK, call me old fashioned or just old, both are probably true. I’m one of those rare birds who still gets his television content solely via the free airwaves. One day about a decade ago, I realized something profound. I was coming home after a long day working for Sears Home Service and falling asleep in my recliner in front of the television. I had cable TV at the time. I calculated that it was costing me about $1.75/day to come home and sleep for those two hours in front of the TV each evening. I canceled the cable the next day.
Ever since then, I’ve been watching broadcast television only. I don’t really feel I’ve missed much. There are some channels that I did miss from cable, like AMC and Turner Movie Classics. Other than those two and a few more, I never cried many tears over the loss. I had about $52 extra in my pocket every month, too.
Sadly, most of the folks I know these days would probably shed some real tears if you took their cable or sat TV away from them. They’re seemingly addicted to it. Oddly enough, if you sit and watch TV with them, they never stay on one program more than five minutes. The CH Up and CH Dn buttons on their remotes have all the printing worn off of them.
People have the attention spans of gnats on crank nowadays. What’s up with that? I remember as a kid sitting for hours at a time watching television programs with mom and dad. How did we do it? I’ll tell you how. We had good acting. We had interesting and entertaining programs. It must be a sign that I’m getting old when I enjoy the “retro” programing more than the current day programing.
HA! What current day programing? You have reality (mostly staged, fake feces) programing. You have prime time soaps. You have medical/crime/police programs. You don’t have any decent movies. You don’t have any worthwhile news programing. Walt C. and Ed Murrow are long gone, folks. Now BIG Pharma and the Dems/Repubs sponsor the news programs on broadcast TV. I watch The News Hour on PBS. It’s not so blatantly biased.
Until next time…
Note: This article originally appeared on my Nocturnal Slacker/Lockergnome blog (now defunct).