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Do you watch tv?

Postby Digity » Mon May 27, 2013 5:04 am

Tomorrow I plan to cancel my cable tv subscription. I'm just so bored of tv and barely ever watch it anymore. I might get Netflix, but we'll see. Do most people here watch tv? I think the more I've gotten into the practice the less interested I've become spending my time watching television. I think there's a correlation.

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Crazy cloud » Mon May 27, 2013 5:14 am

Been watching less on all plattforms, including tv. Finds information to be less and less relevant to my major "walking business".

guess i'm going for "all in" pretty soon

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Vern Stevens » Mon May 27, 2013 5:38 am

I still watch TV, but I'm finding that I'm losing interest in certain types of shows/movies.

I'm still very much a fan of The Walking Dead though. This is more of a thinking/philosophical show than I think many people give it credit for. Once you get past the zombies being monsters, you can see that they simply represent another obstacle for humanity to overcome (plagues, wars, famine) and that the real struggle remains how dealing with our fellow man represents the greatest threat or the greatest asset. The characters continually face moral choices and the fact that life can be fleeting is ever present with the loss of several major characters throughout the series.
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Re: Do you watch tv?

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby kilanta » Mon May 27, 2013 7:30 am

I watch documentaries and dhamma talks from Youtube quite frequently, but don't own an actual television apparatus and haven't had one since 90s. So yes, I watch tv in a way.

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby BlackBird » Mon May 27, 2013 8:52 am

Mostly BBC Knowledge/World, Nat Geographic & History. I record shows on Soho (NZ Sky's HBO/AMC chan) - It's not all boob tubes, but I can understand cancelling your cable.
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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Sam Vara » Mon May 27, 2013 7:07 pm

I gave away my TV about five years ago, and have not regretted it once. Most of my time spent watching TV was utterly wasted. I have the fond idea that a small number of TV programmes are well made and have artistic merit, but when I see TV now (for example on holiday, or on-line to catch something people tell me I have "just got to watch!") I find it all mildly irritating. It just looks crude and predictable in form and content.

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Viscid » Mon May 27, 2013 7:14 pm

I mainly stick to youtube content, and that's mostly of lectures/music/docs, with a couple personalities thrown in. For TV, I'll download an entire series, but in the past few years that's been limited to Breaking Bad. Soon I'll watch Game of Thrones, mostly because it's become a fairly important shared mythos and I am doing a grave disservice to my friends by making them feeling guilty about discussing events in the show without my having watched it. Which they do quite often.
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Mojo » Mon May 27, 2013 10:55 pm

I quit paying for cable because of the expense Oct 11 and am in an area where I can't get digital reception, so I've been just watching dvds from the library since. I don't ever plan on paying for cable or satelite again, though I'd get an antenna someday if my geography permits to watch PBS. I hate commercials. I didn't realize how badly till I was without them for a few days.

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby manas » Tue May 28, 2013 2:37 am

I allow myself to watch TV, if there's something that is both interesting and not too unwholesome on. But due to both of those criteria hardly ever being met, I too find myself watching less and less as time passes. But in my experience actually throwing out the TV set and thus making it impossible, isn't necessarily the best way to reduce TV watching. I got rid of my set once and ended up regretting it, and having to get another one (free and off the side of the road, thankfully). I find that if one lives alone and sometimes spends an entire day hardly ever seeing anyone else, that a bit of TV in the evening can sometimes alleviate that feeling of isolation. But it just can't compete with the Internet anymore. Most of what's on TV is really low-grade stuff, and being able to search for quality videos on places like youtube is a much better way to get one's entertainment fix, if that is what one needs. So I would say I'm down to just a few hours a week now, and not by any act of willpower, just because it's mostly so very dull and boring.

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Mindstar » Tue May 28, 2013 10:26 am


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Higher than sojourning in heavens supreme,
Higher than empire over all the worlds,
Is Fruit of Entrance to the Dhamma Stream.
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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Ben » Tue May 28, 2013 10:58 am

What on earth are you people talking about?
TV is good for you.

Seriously, TV is just a medium and is only as good or as bad is what you choose to consume, uncritically.
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Re: Do you watch tv?

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Ben » Tue May 28, 2013 12:24 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Spiny Norman » Tue May 28, 2013 1:37 pm

I'd like to think there is a meditation practice called "Mindfulness with TV", but I haven't been able to find it in the suttas yet.... :tongue:
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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Viscid » Tue May 28, 2013 4:47 pm

The problem is people habituate themselves into watching television over doing activities requiring some actual effort. Once they develop the habit of watching television excessively, doing productive and/or fulfilling activities becomes much more difficult.
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Vern Stevens » Tue May 28, 2013 8:50 pm

People habituate all kinds of unskillful choices. I know I still make unskillful choices despite my best efforts to be more mindful. As Ben alluded to earlier, TV is but one tool which people can either use skillfully or unskillfully.
“What we think, we become.“ - The Buddha

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby BlackBird » Tue May 28, 2013 9:56 pm

Ben is quite correct. There is no such thing as unconscious action, action may be mindfully done or mindlessly done, but it cannot be unconscious.

Television is what you make it, by itself it is merely a medium.

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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Coyote » Tue May 28, 2013 10:13 pm

I don't watch a lot of TV if I am by myself - just a few shows like Game of Thrones that I am keeping up on. I have picked up the bad habit of watching TV while I eat, which is usually comedy or some kind of documentary. I don't think it is any worse a habit than the other media I engage in - fiction books and music. I do try to be mindful of getting caught up in these kind of things though, especially dramas.
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Re: Do you watch tv?

Postby Viscid » Tue May 28, 2013 10:27 pm

"What holds attention determines action." - William James


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