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Switch To The Net? 26 June 2002 Edition
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What are our TV broadcasters up to?

Sunday, the one night of the week when it's been worth watching the "New Look" Prime TV has just been decimated for no apparent reason.

"Enterprise", the latest incarnation of the classic Star Trek theme has been axed half-way through its first season and the TNG series has been moved to very late on weeknights. Quite frankly it's a pain in the backside and lots of people have been bitching about it.

The other free to air (FTA) broadcasters are no better -- seemingly starting and stopping series without reason and becoming infatuated with those horrible genres of modern television: Reality TV and voyeurism (Big Brother, Survivor, etc).

What's more, we're being barraged with more advertising than ever. Even TV1's "Low Advertising Zone" in the evenings is a joke -- requiring viewers to sit through interminably long runs of boring, repetitive, mind-numbing advertisements at all-too regular intervals.

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But there's always Sky TV right?

Ha! Forget it.

The Movie Channels are filled with more repeats than ever before, the best movies and sports having being progressively siphoned off onto new channels that cost extra, and the latest addition to the channel line-up is filled with crappy repeats of series from local FTA TV that never rated well the first time around.

But wait -- there is a solution...

It doesn't appear to be common knowledge amongst parts of the TV viewing community, but that box in the corner of the room has a button marked "On/Off". You probably remember pressing it when you first bought the set and plugged in the VCR cables.

Well, believe it or not, if you press that button again, your viewing problems will be solved -- the set will turn off!

What am I saying?

Come on folks - ditch the boob tube for a while and get off the sofa.

Instead of sitting there passively soaking up whatever the TV programmers have decided to dish up, either go for a walk (if it's still light) or at least plonk yourself down in front of your PC and start interacting with the rest of the world.

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  • Have Your Say

    Maybe its about time we kicked off a "Switch To The Net" campaign and showed the TV broadcasters that we can think for ourself and that, if they can't provide a decent level of programming, we'll just stop watching.

    Now I'm not suggesting that we turn off the sets forever -- there's still some gems amongst the dross. Just change your viewing habits a little.

    If the programme you're watching isn't particularly interesting then don't waste another 30 or 60 minutes of your life -- get off your backside and *do* something!

    Have you tried out all the services that the Net has to offer?

    Usenet? IRC? The multitude of online discussion forums? Building your own web-page? Special interest mailing lists?

    There's a lot more to the Net than just web-browsing and email, and most of those other activities are highly interactive in nature, fostering conversations and new friendships that stimulate thought and discussion.

    Come on folks, don't let the TV consume what little leisure time you have in a day. Ask yourself this question -- what were you doing on Tuesday evening two weeks ago?

    If you can't remember then chances are you wasted most of that evening in front of the TV. Wouldn't you rather make every evening a memorable occasion?

    Of course it would be great of the mainstream media picked up on this idea and promoted it nationwide -- but let's face it -- unless it was promoted on TV, most of the population wouldn't even know it was happening.

    So, tell a neighbour, tell a friend, tell everyone you know that they should stop wasting their lives and "Switch To The Net."

    From Yesterday
    Well the PCP pulled down their website yesterday and ditched the link to the music file -- which lends significant weight to the assertion that they'd done this without permission and were therefore stealing bandwidth from some other poor sucker's account -- would you vote for a party that engages in this type of unethical behaviour?

    Oh, and while they pulled the music, their mail form is still wide open to abuse by spammers. I guess they just don't care.

    The Greens tell me that they have added some field-verification to their spam-an-editor page and I've offered to help them sort out a few other little "oopses" I've noticed. (Hey, I've always been free with my advice -- people only have to ask)

    Another eagle-eyed reader has spotted yet another flaw in the Greens' Open Source initiative. He says that it seems that JPEG files on the site have been created with an Adobe product. Well hey, you can only take this Open Source thing so far -- right?

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