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If you were given $500 to spend on books, music or any other activity of your choice, to replace your TV, would you take it?

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MiLou's picture

$500 for Music and/or Books?

I could get along without TV just fine. Does your poll include video as well? There are some decent movies out there, and $500 would hardly cover my book or music expense.

adjam's picture

Telly sucks away your time to be constructive!

All I need is a ball and a wall and a sledge on a hill in heavy weather.

MrShaw's picture

the $500 offer

MiLou,

I guess I can't really include video as you would need a T.V. set to watch them, and playing DVD's on a computer really defeats the object of getting rid of the T.V. in the first place. Yes $500 is not a lot of money, but think of the exercise your body and mind would receive the minute the poison box was removed. I personally would do it for free, but have a much harder battle than justifying it to myself.......

Adjam,

See you up there, I'll bring the Ball peen if you escort Simon Cowell, Noel Edmonds, James Cameron and Ron Howard.

MiLou's picture

I could get along without TV just fine.

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, Never, NEVER let
Them near your television set-
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotized by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink-
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSES IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HE CANNOT THINK-HE ONLY SEES!
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY... USED...TO...READ! They'd
READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching 'round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what could it be?
Good gracious, it's Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How the Camel Got His Hump,
And How The Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something good to read.
And once they start-oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.

-Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

AtomicFreak's picture

I actually don't watch TV

I actually don't watch TV with my set, canceled my cable account and never touch the regular channels, but I do need it for my video games. Of course, by budgeting time I also get in hikes, reading, and other activities as well. I don't think the TV itself is evil, so much as it doesn't occur to people often enough that they use it too much. Everything in moderation and all!

MiLou's picture

Everything in Moderation...

Cheers to that! Well said.

Esther's picture

I love TV, but it doesn't love me..

Yes, it has long been a troubled relationship *sigh*.

I've decided to call off the engagement, so when and where can I get my money?

Ritrat8's picture

I only use my TV as a monitor

For video games and DVDs, the rest of the time, I just use my PC.