10/21/2009


Although I regard cable television as an evil time squandering monopolistic specter, I may have to get it for social reasons-- we were all having a great time in the new kitchen last Friday when it came time for the Rutgers/Pitt game, and my 56 inch HD television, which I use to watch documentaries and award winning movies and high quality television (such as Battlestar Galactica and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) on DVD, so that I have control over when I watch and don't have to be influenced by commercials (except product placement) was suddenly useless, and we all had to trek out to New Brunswick to see the game, essentially abandoning my wife (but luckily some lady friends came over who didn't care about the game, which assuaged my guilt) and more than anything it just makes me angry that I don't have more control over what I buy from the cable company . . . I would love to be able to buy a channel for a day, or even choose five extra channels beyond 2-13 but apparently everyone wants a hundred channels to scroll through despite the fact that we are all pressed for time as it is and don't read enough or play enough amateur music or spend enough time with our kids or friends or families or travel to Europe enough or cook enough healthy meals, despite all this, no one wants any control over the amount of media that pours into their house and so I'm going to get stuck with the Cartoon network and QVC and the Game Show Channel and a thousand other complete wastes of time that will invade my families consciousness and suck them into a void of pixels.

10 comments:

Al DePantsdowno said...

Suck it up. The cartoon network has its merits.

rob said...

or just get one of those internets for your television.

Dave said...

what do you mean-- can i stream sports from my computer to my tv? like the world cup games, once that starts? i really don't want to pay sixty bucks a month for something i generally despise.

Al DePantsdowno said...

You already have internet access. Try to find a game on there. If you can, you just need to connect your laptop to the TV. It's a giant computer screen.

Dave said...

will do.

rob said...

what al said.

rob said...

additionally, an increasingly significant amount of programming is available online (hulu.com, for example). we'll all get our teevee addiction sated via the internet within 5 years.

Al DePantsdowno said...

I haven't had much luck with finding free live football broadcasts on the net. It may be worth the 60 bucks to avoid walking to New Brunswick in the middle of the winter just to see a game. And the beers are a lot cheaper at home.

zoltan said...

You should spend more time running barefoot too.

Dave said...

i will spend the winter running barefoot to bars to find football games.

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