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  •  Get rid of cable. (5+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, meg, roses, G2geek, WarrenS

    We've been downsizing quite a bit over the last 5 years, but the biggest impact in our lives has been getting rid of cable/broadcast television. We still watch a few shows on the net, our daughter watches dvds from netflix, but it's not the same.

    The few times I've been exposed to cable in the last 2 years I've been struck (and exhausted) by the commercials, the ....."loudness" of everything, even how weird the people look in the reality programming, the relentless ads for just plain stupid "stuff".


    All Kossacks are my allies.

    by Boston to Salem on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 06:49:28 PM PDT

    •  yeah, me too. (6+ / 0-)

      I don't have cable, never have.   But when I visit friends & family who do, it's like, holy cow!, I've just been dosed with speed or something.

      Fast, loud, jump-cuts, emotional button-presses, never a moment's pause to actually think about what's being said....  my natural reaction to that is to yell back at the screen "You don't have root on my brain!"

      And really, that's what's going on: modern TV programming is designed to hack your brain and get "root privileges" (in computer systems, "root" is the level at which the core instruction-set runs and the defining administrative parameters are controlled).  

      You could say that the Glen Beck zombies have been "rooted" (brain-hacked) and you'd be right on target.  

    •  Have you read Bill McKibben's book... (3+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, Boston to Salem, G2geek

      ..."The Age Of Missing Information"?  It's in alternating chapters, both covering the same 24-hour period.  One set of chapters addresses a day/night period he spent camping in the woods; the other deals with an extraordinary piece of masochism:

      He enlisted literally dozens of friends to videotape every single thing that was on every single cable channel in his area over that same 24-hour period...and over a span of six months, he watched it all.

      Then he wrote the book, contrasting the genuine information given through the out-of-doors experience and the "virtual" information of the TV experience.  It's pretty powerful stuff.  One of his best, although relatively unknown, works.

      Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

      by WarrenS on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 07:03:57 PM PDT

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      •  powerful example. (3+ / 0-)
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        RunawayRose, Boston to Salem, WarrenS

        How he was able to watch all that stuff is beyond me.  

        But it would be interesting to have someone tape one single channel, for example Faux Noize, for 24 hours while you're out in the woods.  

        That would be a useful exercise in comparing emotional narratives.  On one side, the emotional narrative from being in the woods.  On the other side, the emotional narrative from Faux Noize.  Hmm.  

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