Tuesday, August 15, 2006

No Tee Vee

By Kevin Wolf

I made the decision and then took two weeks to follow through but it is now done:

I dumped cable TV.

I've still got my TV set. I'm retaining cable internet. But I've given back the cable box and said goodbye to cable television. No more Law & Order repeats, basically.

I was paying $102 and change to Comcast each month for cable TV and internet. They billed it out at about $60 for cable and $40 for internet access. I knew the internet charge was discounted because I had both; I was hoping it wouldn't go up much more than $10. But it went up $20. Still, monthly savings is about $40 on something that I simply didn't use much.

I'm downloading most of what I watch these days (hence the need to keep that all-important internet connection). I've been without TV before and survived and thrived. And there's always the Radio Shack TV antennea option for local stations (to get weather, mainly).

Still, this is something of an experiment. We'll see how it goes. Being unmediated in our society is the minority position, a conscious decision. I'll let you know if I have withdrawal pains or if the Media Police drag me in for a beating because I opted out.


Blogger Mike said...

We miss "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert" report. Not worth the money.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Neddie said...

I swear, when I get near retirement age, I'm gonna start up a little mowing-and-trimming concern.

Its name? "Lawn Order."

Tuesday, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Pirate Roberts said...

"Lawn Order."

I'm reminded of the lamentable pornographic films starring a young, and very well-endowed, Canadian actor who would go on to become one of the 1960s most beloved TV icons, Pa Cartwright of Ponderosa. He devoted the rest of his life, and his considerable fortune, to complete eradication of any evidence of their existence. But somehow, at least one copy escaped the memory hole, and last year the grainy but unmistakable images were released on a DVD available over the internet. The title:
Lorne Ordure.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006  

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