What's Up with the No-TV People
I do understand that TV is way all over me and probably unhealthy in the large doses that I take daily. It probably is making my brain slower. But no tv!? At all? Not even a little one in the kitchen or something? Whenever I talk to a 'no-tv' person I think back to the night Diana died. I remember I was sitting in a studio apartment being wowed by the early days of the internet. Getting my mind blown by AOL IM and Duke Nukem over dial-up etc. Then news broke on TV! Diana got mushed up in a car! Whoa!
I glued up to the TV and I immediately got on the phone and started calling around to people to wow out with them. And at the time I was friends with a No-TV chick and I called her up and told her the news. I gave her the play by play. There was video of the crunched Mercedes! Paparazzi chase! France! I could feel how badly she wanted a TV at that moment. She wanted more details. I could hear in her voice she was questioning her person philosophical stance. She wanted to see what was going on.
And that's what gets me about No-TV people. I understand wanting to control the level of TV in your house. But no TV at all? Not even after 9/11? And no way to even play a movie? What about a TV/DVD player only situation? Don't they wanna watch a movie now and then? At least?
And it is confusing as to what a No-TV lifestyle is really rooted in? Being brainally allergic to video? A conversation piece sacrifice? Controlling a potential addiction? The need for certain sanctuary? A technological/entertainment snobbery? Is it about them? Or us? Or both? I dunno-- but sometimes after talking to No TV people I feel like an idiot for having one and watching it.
I dunno. I'm far from a No-TV kind of lifestyle fortunately and unfortunately-- but there is a side of me that is jealous of no-tv people. Slightly. A glimmer there of it being the right way. Maybe I wouldn't miss TV? Maybe I'd smarten up? I'd definitely read more books. And get more stuff done.
But WTF! I'd be constantly distracted by the 'what happens if something's happening happens!?'