Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

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Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:31 am

if i didn't have the internet, i wouldn't have the dhamma i don't think
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Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

Post by binocular » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:40 pm

Zom wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:00 am
No TV at all for some I don't know 20 years or more. But some say Internet is actually a new version of TV 8-) So, I'd rather ask: "Internet non-users - have you noticed positive effects?" :lol:
Oh, the irony of asking such a question on an internet forum ...
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Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

Post by Anagarika » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:54 pm

I have noticed very positive effects from avoiding entertainments, including television programming.

From my point of view,most of the programming is just rubbish. It is difficult enough to get the mind to settle, and to find the space and peace needed for a good meditation sit. I have found that by abstaining from the crap that is being programmed (save a quality documentary on youtube, for example), the quality of the mind is a bit more pure, less toxic and less distorted by the stuff that is being programmed. Even most news programming is rubbish, sensationalist stuff that tells us little of what is actually occurring in the world, and a lot of nonsense meant to draw in eyeballs from the lowest denominator demographics. I turned on a web version of CBSN to check the weather recently, and saw that a national news bureau ran a story about Taco Bell introducing french fries dipped in cheese sauce. With all that is happening in the world, good and bad, and a national news outlet devoted minutes of their broadcast to a story about Taco Bell's cheese fries. Idiots, dumb and dumber, and dumbing us down with every minute spent watching this stuff.

Less entertainment= better sits. IMO

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Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

Post by binocular » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:24 pm

I take it not many of you have grown up with the national televisions of continental European countries ...
Those televisions really were working hard to educate people and to raise public morale. Some still do. Many documentaries about all kinds of topics. Programmes in many languages with subtitles in our native language (within an average week, one can watch programmes in at least five foreign languages, including those with few speakers).
Up until recently, national televisions here had films and series with no commercial breaks at all; some still do.

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Re: Television non-watchers - have you noticed positive effects?

Post by Pseudobabble » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:29 pm

manas wrote:...

I have never been a television watcher, never owned one, never bought one, never watch it voluntarily. I have played videogames though. And enjoyed them.

Seriously think about how much value watching TV actually brings to your life. Now do the value/time-expended ratio, and compare it to other activities. TV does not enrich your life.

Moreover, its not called the 'idiot box' for nothing. TV leads to people holding stereotyped, shallow opinions regarding any factual matters they gather from it (news, documentaries, etc), though the internet has both diminished the effect TV as a medium is having, but is really potentially a new and worse version (think Facebook).

TV (except quiz shows) requires basically no intellectual participation. It zombifies. I really think consistent prolonged TV exposure is worse than some recreational drugs. At least the drugs make you question your ordinary perception, TV is just like mental baby food for adults.

These guys know it, look at the lyrics:

https://youtu.be/eRa5mGuHXyg


Yes, I have strong opinions about the complete, total, utter non-utility of television (as we use it - I'm sure we could do better).
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