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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 26 June 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: Bernard
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: the blob tube

Life without TV is great. We will probably never have
another TV. We ditched it about 7 years ago when the the
current series of Star Trek finished...there was nothing
else to watch. When we do get to see TV these days, maybe
at a friends place or in a motel on holiday we get bored
with it pretty quick. The one down side is that I have lost
touch with rugby because it's not on FTA TV but then I
wouldn't pay Sky to watch it anyway. I endorse "switching"
to the net. It's (still) a whole new world out there...like
Star Trek use to be.

From: Nigel McNaughton
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Enterprise

Enterprise is over, Shockwave was the cliffhanger season final.

From: Stewart
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: the tube

The only reason I have not ditched TV entirely, apart from
the few goodies each week that I cannot miss, is the social
aspect of using your computer, or the lack thereof. Where
watching TV is generally done with others, using a computer
is usually a lonesome task. Gathering around a PC to look
at your favourite website isnt really a fun task if there
are more than 2 people.

People sitting hunched over their computers in their
bedrooms, rather than doing things with other people isnt
really a thing that would be desirable, even if this
interaction with other people were simply watching TV.
People that ditch TV are just more likely to start ditching
things like going outside and playing sports etc!

My example is probably a little extreme but I imagine you
could see where im coming from.

From: Brodie Davis
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: TV

Heres a nice quote a found while digging thru the off
topic forums at gameplanet.co.nz,  Fitting with your
comments about where TV is going.

"A properly functioning system of indoctrination has a
variety of tasks. Its primary target are the "stupid and
ignorant masses". They must be kept that way;
marginalized, and isolated. Ideally, each person should be
alone in front of the TV screen watching sports, soap
operas, or comedies, deprived of organizational structures
that permit individuals lacking resources to discover what
they think and believe in, to engage in interaction with
others, to formulate their own concerns and programs, and
to act to realize them. This hapless multitude are the
proper targets of the mass media and a public education
system geared to obedience and training in needed skills,
including the skill of repeating patriotic slogans on
timely occasions."
Noam Chomsky

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