Shut off the idiot box

Most of us watch way too much of it. It’s turning us into the world of Idiocracy:

Kill Your TV and Save Your Life

We all know what the expanded version of the problem is: The problem is that we live in, as Andrew Breitbart called it, a “Matrix” of leftist assumptions and propaganda, all being delivered to us 24/7 by a wireless intravenous drip system called television.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’ve been thinking it’s time to actually do something.

Just an idea, but I would like to start thinking seriously about delivering a truly grievous wound to the Political-Entertainment Complex.

I’m thinking about, firstly, stopping watching almost TV entirely and shedding cable stations. (Some cut the cable entirely.)

I say “almost entirely” because people are so addicted to TV at this point that I think it seems as hard to quit TV as it is to quit smoking. (By the way: It’s easy to quit smoking.)

So let’s throw in the “almost” caveat there and think about it like this: If I write down all the shows I watch, I think I’ll be embarrassed and sad to see how many hours I sit as a voluntary, unmoving, passive spectator, watching other people perform Shows and other people perform in Sports and other people doing things.

I ditched cable about a year and a half ago.  I don’t miss it.  What little bit of TV I still watch is all downloadable or streamable, and there’s not much of it.  In the past month, I’ve watched Top Gear (probably in its final season), Archer, and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. What do I do with the rest of my time?  Any number of things: reading (books or blogs…take your pick), hashing, tinkering with electronics, shooting, reloading ammo, going to beerfests…probably more stuff I can’t remember offhand.  There is life beyond TV.  You don’t necessarily need to do the things I do; do the things you find interesting.  Whatever it is, it’ll more than likely be better for your mind than spending hour on hour glued to the idiot box.