I know it’s only October 22, but I’m turning my television off for the month of November, starting today. Want to take the challenge with me? To be fair, this season’s The Newsroom is over and there’s no Madmen or Downtown Abbey programmed in my recording queue.
It might be interesting to note that for seven years, I didn’t have a television at all. No cable bill, no nightly news, no Seinfeld or Friends during a regular season. Nada. At the time, I was making both a political statement (protesting the dumbing down of Americans and intellectualism) and I was a struggling teacher and then grad student, so not having that extra bill seemed okay, too.
Not that many years ago, I remember Ad Busters campaigning for a TV Turnoff Week. Now it’s Digital Detox Week. Even now, they suggest this as a way to get reconnected with yourself, others, your community. https://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/digitaldetox
I always say I’m not a big TV person. I can’t stand homes where the television is always on in the background. And yet . . . I get as tired as the next person and want to veg-out after a taxing day, or I really do appreciate the artistry of a well-written script, character development and the exciting involvement of a serial drama. But it seems that lately, I’ve not been tapping into my own creativity as I would like. And I’m avoiding some tasks I just need to do, and there are just SO MANY BOOKS to read and POEMS TO WRITE!
Uh, stay tuned.