If you decide to watch television, then there's no choice but to accept the stream of electronic images as it comes. Since there is no way to stop the images, one merely gives over to them. More than this, one has to clear all channels of reception to allow them in more cleanly. Thinking only gets in the way.
The horror of television, is that the information goes in, but we don't react to it. It goes right into our memory pool and perhaps we react to it later but we don't know what we're reacting to. When you watch television you are training yourself not to react and so later on, you're doing things without knowing why you're doing them or where they came from.
It is the quality of the shows that are often criticized. However, this is missing the point. Television shows are not supposed to be thought provoking. You are not supposed to question the images you see on TV, only believe in their prima facie existence.
Television programs, commercials, news reports and talk shows are all designed toward blind acceptance by the viewer. Because, after all, if you see it with your own eyes, it must be true. It must be real. Flashing images on the video screen. Reality inside a box.
Television offers neither rest nor stimulation. Television inhibits your ability to think, but it does not lead to freedom of mind, relaxation or renewal. It leads to a more exhausted mind. You may have time out from prior obsessive thought patterns, but that's as far as television goes.
The mind is never empty, the mind is filled. What's worse, it is filled with someone else's obsessive thoughts and images.
Why do you think they call it programming?
recordthread, it's my opinion that television is the most powerful communications medium yet developed - a beautiful thing in and of itself. But that its systems and effects are, on the whole, damaging to flowers and other living things. It ocurred to me earlier that perhaps a separate thread about advertising is in order. I'm curious if most of the "pro-tv" comments in this thread were made by people outside the gape of American television?