Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 26 June 2002
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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 ChomskyHit Reload For Latest Comments
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