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This is somewhat interesting. It’s called White Dot – the international campaign against television. I don’t necessarily agree to the extreme of eradicating it, but I definitely don’t like what it’s become.
It’s such a hard problem because it really is just pandering to what people want, and happens to provide it in a way that lets us be even more lazy. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. What I think is bad is when people begin to use television for everything. If it’s used a sane amount as entertainment, that’s fine.
I think the root problem is that parents now often use television as a babysitter. This not only gives kids a really bad message and education, but it teaches them to rely on television. When these kids get to be 25 or 30 years old the television rules their lives. They then think it’s ok to sell yourself and your dignity just to get on TV for a few minutes, like most “reality” shows. They think it’s OK to cheat on their spouse because it happens so often on TV. They might even think it’s OK to take out a gun and shoot somebody because they’ve seen this on TV many thousands of times so far in their life.
But what could be done? Censor TV more? Doubtful. It still comes down to the fact that people still watch this crap. But, how much of that is due to the shows really being good, versus using television as the default provider of entertainment and being excited at any glimmer of something new on the screen?