Escape Your Television - Diary of an Addict

Friday, December 10, 2004

Day 5

My girlfriend is not so keen on the idea of tv-free life. She uses it to relax and and unwind after a hard day at work which I guess I do miss as well. I use my brain all day and need to switch off at the end of the day. I think I'll have to accept that the television is an inescapable part of life so I'll try and use it in moderation. After-all, I don't think it's fair to say that all television is bad when newspapers, books, DVDs, films, theatre, opera are all other forms of media where you are obliged to absorb someone else's thoughts and principals. So, it really comes to using something to excess. If I was to read books constantly at the expense of a social life and regardless of their contents or whether I'd read them before then that would suggest I've a problem. Most things in moderation is the best policy. The main problem would be getting sucked back into the loop of watching all the crap.
Well, so long as I can break the cycle and not NEED television then I'll be happy. If you don't think you NEED television then try a couple of days without it and observe the impulse you have whenever around the box. There's a deep set desire to switch it on. No reason, you just need to.
Anything that you need to do for no good reason is clearly an issue to resolve.... sounds very similar to an obsessive compulsive disorder.

On a different note I found the lyrics to a great song, Television, The Drug of the Nation by Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. It's quite long on the page so I'll
link to it.... must read it though.