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Journal of No. 118


December 1st, 2004

Kill your TV @ 09:51 am

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CBS and NBC find a commercial too controversial to run. The message? That homosexuals are welcome at the United Church of Christ.

ABC deserves a thousand demerits for its craptacular 20/20 segment about Matthew Shepard's murder. Shocking new revelations that the crime was not about Shepard being gay, but about drugs and money. It certainly rings hollow, when you understand that one of the killers used 'gay panic' as his defence in court. Shepard's parents and their lawyer might have helped add balance to the show, if their comments hadn't been heavily edited or deleted from the segment.

Fox? Ha.

PBS? I feel sorry that public funds are drying up, but I still can't stand their "enhanced underwriter acknowledgements", which get more and more enhanced every three years, when they change their rules. If it quacks like a commercial...

More and more, the TV is used as a DVD display device in our household, and I don't regret it. Kill your TV; you have nothing to lose but 42 minutes of canned laughter per hour.
 
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From:ladyeuthanasia
Date:December 1st, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
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My TV has been dead for almost 9 years. I don't miss it at all. :)
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From:sjo
Date:December 1st, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
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interactivearts and I watched election returns on the TV this year. Mostly we use it for movies.
From:aaronjv
Date:December 2nd, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
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Ayup.

TV is just a monitor over here (with a huge slew of cheap DVDs Ken keeps getting for me to watch--like I have to relive his childhood for him?).

Although I do like PBS. Saw the end of a special the other day called "People Like Us" or something, that explored class differences in America. Broke my heart: one story had a single mom, two kids, living in a trailer, and she has to WALK TEN MILES (one way) to clean the shitter at Burger King. And her son bitches at her because "she's always wearing that Burger King outfit, even if she's not working," like she has money to spend on her own clothes instead of keeping your fucking mouth fed.

Then there were these (WHITE) kids at a prep school, where a teacher remarked "These kids drive cars their parents bought them that cost more than what I make in a year."

Kirsten often has to tell me to turn the TV off, because she doesn't want to hear me yelling at it. Your election night party was not the first time I threw something at a TV screen (sorry about that...I hope it's OK).
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From:rsheslin
Date:December 2nd, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
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Cable was officially cut this past Monday. I miss A&E's Sherlock Holmes and Poirot series and Discovery Health's "The Baby Human" child development series and, of course, The Daily Show, but they sure as hell weren't worth almost $70/month. Now I just need to moderate my CSI viewing, as I've been spending way too much time catching up on the season 3 DVDs.

As far as commercials on PBS, at least (as far as I know), they don't (yet) interrupt programs to show them, keeping them as bookends. I just hope it doesn't influence future programming itself.
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From:colleency
Date:December 2nd, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
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We mostly stopped watching after 9/11. They kept showing the planes hitting the towers again and again.

We use the tv for DVDs, and I watch PBS about once a week. They definitely have more commercials now...and they are commercials. Thankfully they don't interrupt the shows with them yet.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 4th, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
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I guess I'll be the outlier -- we still have cable, and love it!!
Of course, crucial to our cable success is our ReplayTV, which tames the wilderness of cable in a very manageable way.

--randy

Journal of No. 118