Professor X wrote:
I watch news commentary more than anything and probably spend less than an hour total each day looking at the television during the week. If you view this as causing "ill effects" then you need serious mental help.
OK Prof, you do have a point there. However, most people arn't as disciplined as you. That original one hour will, over time, turn into two and then into three hours. Slippery slope? yes, indeed! Besides, my main odjection to TV viewing isn't necessarily the content but rather the advertisements. We can't/shouldn't shelter ourselves from all advertisements but I feel that the ones on TV are the most invasive, persuasive and just plain baffling of them all. Besides, we can allways catch up on current events via newpapers and news internet sites.
Professor X wrote:
Yaaay, you're in college! I've been there, loved it, lived it, and have the tee-shirt to prove it. Hell, I had a shoe box filled with panties also but I was beginning to think keeping them was a little juvenile so those got tossed out years ago.
We can't all be college grads. Some of us are still going through the process, you know? I commend you for undergoing it yourself. In my personal opinion college is more than just a mere trade school. It forces you to read and think about things that you may not have on your own. That's almost always a good thing. This doesn't mean that I think that college is the end-all/be-all of education. One should strive to spend their entire lives trying to educate themselves. This doesn't always happen however, thus college is a nessesity to becomming a well-educated, well-read individual. An "elite" of sorts.
Unfortunately, from a strictly "trade-school" mentallity a BS/BA degree nowadays has digressed to the same status as yester-years HS diploma. So what can one do in order to rise above the herd these days? Lots, but I believe that boycotting TV is but one small step of many that one can do in order to get himself out of the herd. I've read that by the age of 65 the AVERAGE American will have wasted 9 years of thier life in front of the TV! That is simply unacceptable. How many college degrees, books read, relationships formed, contemplative hours could have taken the place of that TV time? I understand that this isn't representative of you or some others on this site. But then again, I think that anyone who regulaly reads the "T" is better than average to begin with.
Bottom line is that I feel that A)TV advertisements are the worst of the worst and B)Time spent, or most likely wasted, in front of the TV can and should be spent bettering yourself in a variety of ways.
BUT I do understand that with the right TV programming and a disciplined enough individual TV viewing could be benificial. With that in mind I also wish to appoligize to you for my previous errogant statements. I was out of line.