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If someone told you that giving up TV for a year would provide medication for a month for a person with AIDS for a month... Would you do it?

Just thinking out loud.. What do we think is worth our time and effort? What has become, or is important to us?

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    Jul 9 2011: Immediately and without regrets
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    Jul 9 2011: Yes, who needs TV when you've got the internet!
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    Aug 8 2011: Most definitely. If anyone has to think twice about this question, that's concerning. You know it is questioning when technology and telelvision come before someones health and life. As far as being connected with the world, there are multiple ways to stay on top of the latest news. I haven't watched television for a year and half, and I'm 17. If I could do it just because, I could definitely do it for someone else's life.
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    Jul 11 2011: Of course but TV could also raise watchers' awareness - TV is a powerful communication tool that has been much maligned for many years..
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      Jul 11 2011: I agree with you Scott...it "is a powerful communication tool that has been much maligned" by some, AND it is much overused/depended upon by some. There is always a balance...in my humble opinion:>)
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        Jul 12 2011: Agreed - moderation in all things, including moderation.

        I've seen it treated worse than comic books from a teaching perspective. Many still have some residual dislike for it. Considering that many homes have 2 or more, I would have thought it prudent to teach kids TV but it always got trumped by our old friend the written word.

        1000:1 ratio of pictures to words..
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    Jul 9 2011: Almost TV free already
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    Jul 9 2011: Can I sell my television to buy more reading material? If so then I most definatly would, I think that everything that is worth watching on television can be found in books, this is why I am yet to find a coronation street novel!
  • Jul 11 2011: yeah, duh
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    Jul 10 2011: I am not sure that I would be able to join in many conversations that seem to go on around me on a daily basis if I wasn't aware of whats going on in the world of television!
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      Jul 11 2011: Hi again Alexander:>)
      I bet you could. I do not turn the TV on for the 5-6 months of summer, and I'm pretty well informed. When I move from point A to point B in my vehicle, the radio is always on, and there is the internet...try it:>)
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        Jul 12 2011: Nice to talk again Colleen.

        I might just give it a shot, maybe it's what we all need to stimulate more interesting conversation?
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          Jul 12 2011: Alexander,
          Not watching TV so much COULD stimulate more conversations. In his question, Neil asks..."What do we think is worth our time and effort?" "What has become, or is important to us?"

          I know of people who get up in the morning, and turn the TV on for the day...by habit. I hear people complaining about how much TV they watch...they say they'd rather read a book, or do something else, and yet, at the end of the day, they automatically turn on the TV and sit there watching it all evening. My x-husband used to do that. When he came home from a hard day at the office, he'd turn on the TV and watch it all night, because he didn't want to talk...wanted to rest his mind...be entertained. You notice I said x-husband? LOL:>)

          Scott insightfully points out that the TV is a powerful tool, and like any tool, as individuals, it's important to decide HOW we're going to use it...what is worth our time and effort...what is important to us? For me, not turning on the TV for any length of time is not really giving anything up. It's still there and I can turn it on if I want to see something special. I make a choice regarding what is important to me and how I want to spend my time:>)
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      Jul 12 2011: Yes and you will find that the world is full of non television related conversations that will open up to you
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    Jul 10 2011: Yes for two reasons:
    One being the medication thing.

    But the main reason would be because it's a major challenge, especially in urban areas. So I would accept because I would be curious about what would it be like after a year...