Cable Company: "Time For People To Stop Apologizing for Loving TV"

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Forget what you hear about television watching contributing to obesity and impacting brain development. And never mind the report out this week that watching the boob tube hastens your death.

Television is good. Specifically it is "amazing" and "the one perfect thing that's keep getting better." How do we know this? Our cable company tell us so.
 
So, what do you think? Does the St. Louis-based Charter Communications have it right, or wrong?
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Anon
Anon

*I* thought it was a ridiculous commercial, people proud to be in darkened rooms with the boob tube instead of doing something else, getting up and going outside and being active. I said this all out to the wife, who's a TV lover, and THEN I felt the fury. She made the argument that TV isn't any worse or better entertainment-wise than sitting in front of a computer for hours, picking up a book, or many other mediums, and that you're still sitting inside being sedentary. I tried to point out that the internet's more interactive, that you can gain more direct knowledge from spending hours on wikipedia or similar sites, but she countered that it's probably the same, or even less informative, than someone who would watch hours of documentaries and stick to channels like NatGeo the like. I still think she's not entirely correct and I still cringe when that commercial comes on... but I guess it's stll a valid point.

Wrong
Wrong

This is ridiculous!

They need to A) Make Television Prescription ONLY!, B) Ban Advertising for this Poison, and C) Keep Television out of Public Venues to keep it from affecting those of us that do not wish to suffer it's affects when we are out at bars, restaurants, stadiums, etc.

Antennas Direct
Antennas Direct

We sell TV antennas in St. Louis and tons of people are cancelling cable and subscribing to Hulu and Netflix for $8 a month. Leaves another $72 a month for other expenses.

Antennas Direct

George
George

Your wife does make a half-way decent point, but I think your counter-argument reveals its weakness. Reading a book is a more intellectually stimulating activity than reading simple because it requires more attention. The same is more true of the internet. Most importantly, the people one meets on the internet (even FB friends and fellow commenters, like me, who you may never meet) are *actually interacting with you*. The worst part of the commercial (in my opine) is the seemingly warm fuzzy feeling gained from 50 minutes of "intimacy" with some fictional character that DOES NOT KNOW YOU.

In fact, the treasuring of completely fictional and one-way "relationships" is one of the worst products of the TV age. Think about the millions of people who experienced clinical depression when the show "Friends" ended. They literally believed they had lost friendships-- with characters who don't exist and/or actors who will never know them. As the commercial implies, people prefer these sorts of one-way mythical friendships to real life relationships.

No book or internet activity creates that kind of deadening delusion of intimacy.

Chad Garrison
Chad Garrison

Want some publicity, Antennas Direct? Buy an ad! Or, better yet, make a controversial/emotional commercial like Charter that we can then post on our blog for discussion. But DO NOT spam our comment section. Thanks!

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