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Visitor Comments: 50

(50) Olina, April 23, 2009 7:11 PM


I grew up without a TV and I am very glad that my parents made that decision. Although I am often "out of the loop" with my peers who use the names of celebrities I do not know or shows I have never seen, I do not feel cheated. I have a much richer heritage, one that has given me a firm foundation to stand on (unlike the rocky media that is constantly changing).

(49) Andreia, March 25, 2009 6:31 AM

TV next generation?

I believe technology can change the way we are used to watch TV. Today you can use your TV to see pictures, to record your preferred program, to listen to music.. You can also connect your computer in your TV and watch your preferred video from your computer in your TV screen. (It requires you to order all the hardware needed). You can have a group of people and use one of those interactive games for entertainment... And, although you can read books, I don't think would be wise not to see what news is publishing, for example: I have read an interesting article from Aish that was addressing how CNN were telling the word about Gaza... We need to know what most of people are being exposed to as well. But for sure, there are so much violence and many useless programs that should be avoided. Those same improper content can be found internet and even in books (not all books are supposed to be good as well). I just think we may have a possibility of improving how we use TV..

(48) N Kahana, March 22, 2009 1:49 AM

Children or no Children

I really wonder about all those comments that are seemingly pro TV whether those people have children or not. If not, then until you do you should be very careful about making those types of comments. Because having children really changes one's perspective about the influence TV has on them, and until you are in that situation you will just not understand. Having nieces and nephews or acquaintences that have children who are allowed to watch is not the same as when you will have your own. I don't think Lori was making a blanket judgement about anyone she was simply stating what she and her husband decided to do and the reasons why and if there are those who feel defensive then obviously she has touched a nerve that holds truth. Yes, computers and internet are also a temptation and must be regulated, my husband and I struggle with the decision of whether we should get rid of it too, but the family does not have the same access to the internet as they would to a TV. I grew up with TV in the house and we were allowed to watch whatever we wanted, but we didn't have cable so that limited our exposure. But I still watched enough to want the toys from the commercials and feel exactly how Lori described it as need, need, need. Let's be honest when TV is available to most people, especially children, they are not going to opt for the "educational" programming over the more seductive entertainment!! There really is so much garbage that is allowed on TV these days, every show is full of themes and ideas that are really trash. And then there are the reality shows which depicts everyday real people in situations that used to be just for TV. Life imitating TV or TV imitating Life? What's wrong with sheltering our children just a little bit longer, believe me they will find out everything they need to know soon enough! Am I a better or more informed person because I found out things earlier? I don't think so. I think it only served to confuse me more because I really didn't know what to do with all this information. I used to pretend my Barbie dolls had boyfriends probably because I watched the Love Boat! Is that something I need to pass on to my children?? What I watched on TV in my childhood is still with me today and what I learned in school is not as clear, there's the unfortunate irony.

(47) Laurie, March 20, 2009 8:33 AM

We made the same choice, and are atill glad 23 years later

My husband and I, like you, have never had a TV. Now, with our older children nearly grown, it is gratifying to hear them talk about how enriched their childhood was because of what it was missing.

(46) Concerned Mom, March 20, 2009 8:22 AM

Define "Harmless".

Even the so-called "harmless" shows - like game shows or documentaries - often portray impossibly beautiful people, show very revealing clothing, and break to totally inappropriate commercials. I'd urge everyone to give up TV. My kids are growing up without it. There are times when we say they can watch a movie or something unique (like the olympics) and you know what - they find them boring. Life without TV is so much richer that once you get used to it, you'll see TV as the insipid waste of time it truly is. Books are better than even the best documentary (which, by it's nature is shorter and more limited). Going to the pool or the zoo is more interesting than the cutest children's program. And interacting with real human beings is more rewarding than watching actors interact on TV.

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