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Title: I think I'm gonna throw away my television.
Post by: jeromechickenbone on April 12, 2007, 08:22:25 PM
I find myself getting increasingly more angry with television.  I cannot stand ANY of the major news outlets.  Most of the channels that used to actually broadcast quality programming have all completely sold out.  I'm so tired of being bombarded with all of their agenda's and hype.  They're all part of a few massive conglomerates so it's like the same fucking formula rehashed over and over.  I CAN'T FUCKING STAND COMMERCIALS.  I go semi-comatose when I see one.  I literally can watch 4 minutes of commercials and have no idea what I just saw.  (Well at least on a conscious level). 

I honestly don't even watch tv much anyway.  I do watch sports, however a lot of those tend to suck.  The announcers are usually extremely corny and sappy, and blow everything out of proportion and try to make it some monumental epiphanic moment.  Like they just force everything.  ESPN is beyond fucking horrible.  And there's usually some interesting shit on the History channel or A&E but I don't tune into those much.

This is why I love the internet.  I'm not forced to watch or listen to anything I don't want to.  Not that I'm forced to watch tv, but there just doesn't seem to be any independance in TV, it's all big business.  I've learned and heard infinitely more music on the net that I love, whereas MTV / BET stopped being relevant musically years ago.  I can get my news from much more even handed sources.  I can be enlightened and exposed to infinite knowledge online, whereas certain subjects that are important most tv stations won't touch with a 10 foot fucking pole.

Holla if ya hear me.

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Post by: virtuoso on April 12, 2007, 08:30:53 PM

Lol kind of ironic when i just sat through a marathon load of prison break episodes but I hear you apart from a couple of series, I watch jack all. What you said regarding the comatose state...you go into something which is lower that the alpha state of consciousness i.e. somewhere between sleep and being barely awake. That damn box is just the ideal tool for brainwashing because when your in that state you soak up what you are seeing and hearing without even reealising it. What you said about the bombardment of commercials is damn right to you can literally sit there for hours and recall maybe only a few of the commercials. Between the internet, reading and just being out and about in truth do we really need television? nope although I have a feeling the gamers will disageee but anyway......i respect what you are saying completely!
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Post by: We Fly High on April 13, 2007, 12:19:07 AM
the only thing i watch is court tv, food network, history channel, national geographic, discovery, etc..maybe you should get HD programming, it'll change your life., haha.
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Post by: Don Rizzle on April 13, 2007, 01:16:40 AM
i remember all those good Talkback productions in the 90s and just think what the fuck has happenned now its all reality tv and competitions and fucking shite
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Post by: Suga Foot on April 13, 2007, 08:36:34 AM
The only channel I get is the CW.  So I watch That 70's show, King of Queens, Seinfeld, and I'm up on my Top Model and Pussycat Doll shit lol
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Post by: 7even on April 13, 2007, 09:44:33 AM
I hardly watch TV.. basically I only watch TV for soccer and basketball... and DVD. Pretty much everything fictional that I watch I either rent or d*wnl*ad. And the sports that I watch I only get on pay-tv, which means no commercials. Awesome. Now that I think about it, the last time that I saw several minutes of commercials was when I was at the movies  :)
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Post by: ToOoOoN!!! on April 17, 2007, 09:39:46 PM
i only watch sports,the simpsons and family guy
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Post by: white Boy on April 18, 2007, 03:49:26 AM
i only watch seinfeld, that 70s show, family guy, and movies, and i hate watching movies on tv, i like dvds or downloads from computer.
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Post by: QuietTruth on April 18, 2007, 08:12:36 AM
Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order and the rest of the police shows are good to watch.

Rest of the shit is all reality shows. Everythang is played out.
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Post by: G. Sean Peters on April 18, 2007, 08:56:56 AM
I only mainly watch sports, Prison Break, and The Shield when there are new episodes on. Anything else i just download or buy on dvd. After seeing what ridiculous reality series they got on like Flavor Of Love, Super Nanny, and those lame ass dating programs on mtv, i've just about had it with TV. I really could go without cable but i'm addicted to watching sports so thats why i keep it on.
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Post by: Elevz on April 18, 2007, 09:30:55 AM
I never did understand man's need to watch sports, or series (Prison Break, Lost etc.), or action flicks. There's no damned merit in it.

I don't really watch a lot of tv at all. I'll sometimes watch a good talk show (not the American type), or some news backgrounds, but always attempting to remain focused on the message and the intentions. The only reason I watch tv is to stimulate my mind, not to let it slip into a subconscious state of idleness.

Oh yeah, sometimes when I'm over at a friend's place, or with my lady's parents, they'll have the tv on and they're watching these brainless celebrity-shows or soap series, always interrupted by commercials. Those are the moments I remind myself how happy I am that I don't have to rely on such bullshit to define my life. Don't get me wrong - I love those people, but something went wrong along the way.

Holla if ya hear me.

+1 :D
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Post by: MontrealCity's Most on April 18, 2007, 10:48:13 AM
only watch sports, re runs of seinfeld or fresh prince, sopranos, curb youre enthousiasm an entourage
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Post by: Smoke Break on April 18, 2007, 10:57:38 AM
There is way too much trash on these days, but the history channel, discovery, national geographic, documentary channel, and even comedy central hold it down.
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Post by: everlast1986 on April 18, 2007, 11:41:09 AM
Everything aired on comedy central is filler besides The Daily Show, Colbert Report and South Park.
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Post by: Smoke Break on April 18, 2007, 12:08:52 PM
They show some good standup sometimes too
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Post by: Infinite Trapped in 1996 on April 18, 2007, 12:29:00 PM
One of the first things America did after invading Iraq and Afganistan is that they made sure they put TV's in everyone's houses, even in the remote regions of the country.  They know that television is the greatest form of mind control in existence today.

It's funny people call the Muslim lifestyle extreme.  The most extreme thing to me is the lifestyle of most Americans, they sit and watch other people's lives on TV all day, and don't even know what reality is, because the television is a mind-numbing device where they can occupy themselves with the lives of celebrities on television, and stay distracted from what's real.

I don't even have a television hooked up in my house.  Because if I start watching it, I waste all my time, and when I turn it off I feel like a zombie and all my energy is zapped.
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Post by: Westcoastin' on April 18, 2007, 12:40:15 PM
i download anything i want to watch, just because commercials are so mindnumbing that its frustrating, most of them theres no way any person would ever react that way in real life.   tv news is a joke, most of it is just advertising....."news" stories on new products or drugs coming out

i only watch hockey on tv, we mostly just have one for dvds and video games
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Post by: Elevz on April 18, 2007, 12:48:00 PM
It's funny people call the Muslim lifestyle extreme.  The most extreme thing to me is the lifestyle of most Americans, they sit and watch other people's lives on TV all day, and don't even know what reality is, because the television is a mind-numbing device where they can occupy themselves with the lives of celebrities on television, and stay distracted from what's real.

+1
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Post by: virtuoso on April 18, 2007, 02:17:13 PM

You can apply the same thing to europeans as well infinite...I used to watch a hell of a lot of tv but as you rightly said it leaves you feeling brain dead and tired. i still watch tv of course but maybe for about an hour a day...I don't even watch too many movies and have practically stopped playing on my playstation 2 also.
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Post by: Narrator on April 18, 2007, 02:52:06 PM
I don't have a TV anymore.  When I moved to my current place (about 4 years ago now), I didn't bring the TV that I had shared with my ex, and I haven't bought a new one since.  It doesn't really make much sense to have a TV in this day and age.  If I want news, I read the web sites of the news agencies.  If there's a good show on TV, I download episodes, either legally (iTunes) or off Rapidshare.  If I want to watch DVDs, I can play them on my laptop.  About the only reason I might need a TV is to watch ACC games and boat races on ESPN, and then I usually just go to other people's houses cause that's the kind of thing you do as a social event.  Given the fact that I spend almost all of my money on guns, explosives, and printing propoganda for my revolution, I don't see myself putting down any money for a TV anytime soon.
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Post by: everlast1986 on April 19, 2007, 02:22:14 PM
Given the fact that I spend almost all of my money on guns, explosives, and printing propoganda for my revolution, I don't see myself putting down any money for a TV anytime soon.

good stuff sir good stuff

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Post by: Soulful on April 21, 2007, 05:30:04 AM
i havent watched tv for 3 years..everytime im at a friends house and their tv is on, i notice i havent missed anything at all, i simply get everything i need using the internet, news, music, movies, porn etc.
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Post by: Low Key on April 21, 2007, 01:36:56 PM
There is a lot of bullshit on the television today, but that is why you have 600 channels to choose from. There has to be something remotely interesting on one of them. But after I moved, I didn't have a TV and after a while it was easy to forget to turn it on even when I actually wanted to watch a show. Plus Viacom, NewsCorp, ClearChannel, and most of Turner are pretty much unwatchable.
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Post by: DUB-C on April 21, 2007, 02:18:07 PM
throwin my tv? hell naw! cable tv all the way
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Post by: Lunatic on April 21, 2007, 07:00:21 PM
i'll take it off ya hands :D
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Post by: Suffice on April 21, 2007, 07:46:02 PM
I feel you bro, i haven't really been watching TV for about 4 years now, only sometimes i'd watch an episode of Family Guy, South Park, or Colbert Report... but you can get that shit over the net anyway, so TV is pretty much becoming absolete IMO. More than 90% is complete and utter junk, and i'm not even gonna talk about the news, so therefore TV is pretty  much for watching movies now, at least for me. 
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Post by: big mat on April 22, 2007, 10:51:54 AM
throw it to me if its a plasma or acl tv
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Post by: Elevz on April 22, 2007, 10:58:23 AM
It's typical how most people here don't want to stop watching tv at all - they just don't want to be dependant on the tv channels and their commercials..
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Post by: 7even on April 22, 2007, 11:18:37 AM
^You sound like a vegetarian
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Post by: Elevz on April 22, 2007, 12:49:54 PM
^You sound like a vegetarian

Rofl (+1) Nah, I'm straight and I love ham!
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Post by: The Watcher on April 22, 2007, 06:14:44 PM
i download most of my tv shows, since here in .au we normally get a tv show at the end of the current season in the US, at one point we were 3 seasons behind in smallville, but none the less, i watch;

war:/Volumes$ ls -al /Volumes/tv/
total 1360
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 15 10:28 .
drwxrwxrwt   5 root      admin    170 Apr 23 10:46 ..
-rwx------   1 admin  admin  21508 Apr 20 21:04 .DS_Store
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Mar 20 19:09 24
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Feb  6 18:37 Afro Samurai
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Nov 28 17:43 American Dad
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Nov 28 17:04 Boston Legal
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Sep 22  2006 CSI
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Mar 24 19:03 CSI Miami
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Nov 11 08:39 CSI NY
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Sep  3  2006 Chappelle's Show
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Sep  5  2006 Clerks
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 13 17:56 Cold Case
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Oct 14  2006 Danger Mouse
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Sep 25  2006 Desperate Housewives
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Oct  2  2006 Everybody Hates Chris
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Nov 28 17:44 Family Guy
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Dec  9 18:25 Fantastic Four
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Mar  5 18:18 Heroes
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr  4 22:26 House
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 19 17:18 Jericho
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Mar 26 19:29 Las Vegas
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Oct  2  2006 Lost
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr  4 22:35 Monkey
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 20 19:09 My Name Is Earl
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Sep 20  2006 NCIS
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Jan 10 19:07 Prison Break
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Feb 27 18:43 Rocko's Modern Life
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Sep 11  2006 Simpsons
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Mar 18 19:11 Sleeper Cell
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 13 17:54 Smallville
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Mar 11 14:08 South Park
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 17 16:33 Stargate Atlantis
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Nov 28 17:11 The 4400
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 29  2006 The Boondocks
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Nov 26 08:25 The Nine
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 11 16:50 The Shield
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Feb 10 10:29 The Sopranos
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Jan  9 19:52 The Unit
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Mar 24 19:06 The Winner
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Apr 16 18:18 Without A Trace
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Jul 23  2006 X-Men Evolution
drwx------   1 admin  admin  16384 Jan 26 10:43 misc

that's active shows i guess, then i have shit on dvd (angel, buffy, transformers, thundercats, other cartoons) what i pull out when the current tv season ends
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Post by: eS El Duque on April 23, 2007, 10:54:55 AM
commercials are the best part sometimes