Viscid wrote:But this is a potentially fruitful discussion about television watching (and more generally, habitualized action.)
Ben said people choose to watch TV, and that it's good for them.
Firstly, I think we have different definitions of what we mean when we say 'TV.' I gather Ben's concept of 'TV' is a device which receives and displays transmitted sound and video. The television itself is a benign technology (it doesn't harm us directly in its operation) but the habitual behaviour by which we engage with it is potentially harmful: if you watch for over 4 hours a day, you're probably at greater risk of developing health issues due to the sedentary nature of excessive television watching. Another concept of 'TV' is the body of programming that is transmitted and consumed by a receptive audience through that device. Most people don't watch documentaries and enriching content on television. If we were to survey what people are watching on TV at any given time, I believe we'd see more people watching sitcoms, reality shows and other empty programming which presents the world in a distorted way. This is in no way 'good' for people.
Secondly, we have different perceptions of what it means to make a decision [to watch television.] Kim said that some people (those that are habituated into watching television) aren't making a choice when watching television. Ben says, and Jack confirmed via Buddhist Phenomenology, that there is indeed a choice. Now, while I agree one can say that a decision to watch television is being made (ritualistically) every time the television is turned on, it is not as if that decision wasn't made under the incredible pressure of the past. If someone holds a gun to your head and tells you to do something you don't want to do, can you really say it was your decision to do that act? Well, yes in one way and no in another. It's the same with habit: yes, theoretically you can opt-out of committing the habitualized action, but it's quite unlikely you will, unless there is substantial pressure to alter it.
Vern Stevens wrote:Ben did not say TV was good for them, Ben said TV is a medium that can be good or bad based on how people choose to use it.
Do you watch tv?
BlackBird wrote:Ben wrote:Do you watch tv?
tv watches me.
Buddhe wrote:Good for you Digity!
Im completely with you. No t.v means more free time to do other things more in touch with reality. I gavr up t.v this year and i have never looked back. Im so happy i did. Any news i need to can aquire on my mobile. I too have a subscription with love film not netflix i use the light use package so as not to go overboard.
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