Kathy Petersen’s Blog

Television

Posted in Uncategorized by Kathy on April 18, 2008

Our family doesn’t have a television. Shocking? Probably. We keep up with things on the internet — news, weather, that sort of thing. Our computer can play DVDs, so we can watch movies if we wish. It’s been very beneficial for us. Our kids would probably do nothing but watch TV if we let them (they already watch their DVDs as much as we allow, and pretty much stay glued to the tube at my mom’s).

My family only had one TV when we were growing up, and we didn’t have cable. It disturbs me that so many people have so many televisions. I’m not passing judgment on them; nor do I think that owning a television is one of the “seven deadly sins” or anything — but it can’t be good. TV is such passive entertainment. It actually bores me to have to watch it now. I like Wheel of Fortune, which my mom tapes for us to watch together when I go there; and I’d enjoy Jeopardy! if she taped that, too. But just sitting down and channel-surfing, trying to find something to watch… well, it’s just boring!

A former co-worker got her 5-year-old daughter a TV for her bedroom (this was about 7 years ago), complete with cable. She did this because her daughter wanted to watch her shows, while the mother wanted to watch her shows. Actually, the girl just wanted to spend time with her mom, but she was too busy. Anyway, one night the mom woke up in the middle of the night, and heard the TV on in her daughter’s bedroom. She went in to turn it off, thinking she had fallen asleep with it on, and found that her daughter was wide awake and watching MTV. At two in the morning. Day-time MTV is bad enough, but night-time?!?! So she lectured her daughter, but kept the TV in her room, and cable as well. Sad, I think.

You may think it’s shocking that we don’t have a TV, but I’ll tell you what’s really shocking — the commercials that are allowed on TV these days. Not to mention the TV shows! Wow!

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  1. kip said, on April 18, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Hey, I was ready to completely agree with you till you said you liked Wheel of Fortune!

  2. Kathy said, on April 18, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Oh, now, don’t go knockin’ my Wheel of Fortune! I’ve watched it since I was 5 and have no plans to quit any time soon. 🙂


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