(Picture me holding my TiVo remote control above my head with two hands, using as Heston-esque a voice as I can.)
I have only five words for you:
From my cold, dead hands.
One of the reason I love this site is the re-affirmation that I am not the only educated, smart person out there who likes to watch TV. I have way too many Kill Your TV type of friends who don't seem to get it. You know - we all need a little escapism, I just choose to watch TV for mine...
ITA, genevieve. I always use our friend Charlie as an example here. He doesn't have a television set, because one day he saw a commercial for "Love Cruise" and realized that he was only watching the tv because it was there. Now, if there's something he's really interested in seeing, he'll come to our house or other friends and watch the shows there. I like the fact that he realized that tv could suck his brain out, and to solve that problem, he removed it. But he never turns up his nose to any of us.
While on vacation, we were all in for the evening on Tuesday, and my "I don't watch TV" friend said she wanted to catch "The Amazing Race" with me. After less than two minutes she stalked off commenting on the inanity. I'm fine with you not watching, but don't rain on my parade, ho.
Also, a lady at work recently commented that she unplugs the cable for the summer. I could only think, "I'm glad you weren't my mommy."
I have a lot of friends having kids these days, and a scary majority of them have vowed to not even have a TV in the house, lest their kid get get hooked.
The thing is, all of these people watched a lot of TV growing up, and they're not idiots. It didn't turn them into shiftless couch potatoes. I watched, and continue to watch a lot of TV, and I don't think I'm dumber because of it. Of course, TiVo allows me to only watch what I want, and not just what's on, so that's a factor...
I can thank growing up on TV for my sense of humor, what I studied in college, and even my career, in some respects. TV isn't inherently evil. I could also rant about how keeping all TV from your kids just helps you raise a kid that's completely clueless about what the other kids are talking about during recess, but I won't....
I used to be friends with a girl who wasn't allowed to watch television when she was growing up, and whenever she got in front of a tv, it nearly hypnotized her. She could concentrate on nothing but the television, no matter what was on. It was hilarious - if you spoke to her, she couldn't even hear you.
Here's the thing with not having a TV. Almost everyone around you does. You cannot escape it. I'm all for being selective; but unless you live in a void, there's no escaping.
Besides, have they BEEN to the movies lately? I'll keep The Sopranos, DH, Lost and Dallas reruns on Soapnet, thank you very much.