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Ode on not having a TV

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1. Andrew, USA (September 30th, 2008):

“It’s rather like having a person who stands in the corner of your living room, endlessly talking.”

I can agree with that. I’ve never personally been able to justify owning a television, although I do have one. I guess it’s the ‘having a person in the corner of the living room talking’ part that prevents me from turning it on to any lengthy extent. I suppose it’s a sort of comfort to have it there in those insane moments when I might dare reach out for humanly contact.

I think the Internet right now might be giving television a good run for its money. If it does somehow replace television in the future, it’ll seem mighty odd having an empty space where a television once sat.

2. Fletcher (September 30th, 2008):

Hmmm. If that ever happened, perhaps we could just place the large-screen PC monitor where the TV used to be.

And intereact with each other cyber-wise, play interactive games, chats and video chats.

And the following stage in our evolution might then be to one day make the imaginative jump of interacting with other people in person. There might be billions of people around the world who might suddenly one day realize, “Hang on, why don’t I bypass the PC and talk directly to other people.”

Now, that is a sobering thought.

We might even end up “making our own entertainment” as our grandparents are fond of telling us they used to do.

But I think, perhaps, the world is not quite ready for such advances.

3. Andrew, USA (October 1st, 2008):

Ha! True!

I remember my father once telling me a story about different ways that he and his brothers used to keep themselves entertained as boys. He mentioned something about chasing a large metal hoop down a hill with a stick or something to that effect. He created a strange picture in my head with that story. Later on, he actually found a metal hoop and a stick and showed my brother and I how he used to play. I thought he was absolutely insane to be chasing that thing around all over the yard, but it turned out that his family was just poor. I guess it’s difficult for a lot of the younger generations to imagine a time in the world without video games or broadband Internet connections or iPods, and a time where people actually stepped outside to visit each other at home rather than by telephone or the like. Humanity has come an awfully long way from cavemen with pointy sticks.

4. Fletcher (October 3rd, 2008):

Now, that’s uncanny.
My mother always used to tell us that when she was a girl, they used to spend hours chasing a hoop around with a cane. This would have been in Wolverhampton, UK. How bizarre that your father, in the US, came up with the same solution to the problem of how to entertain yourself with little resources. No wonder the wheel got invented. There must be some primal urge within us to chase around a wheel-like object. The monkeys will be doing it next–if they’re not already.

 

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