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Top ten reasons we gave up cable television

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A little over a year ago, we began an experiment with ending our cable television. This was initially hard with me because I was really addicted to 24/7 television. We had grown frustrated with the declining content produced by Hollywood. My continued employment had started looking precarious and we were looking for ways to save money.  The Obama/Pelosi recession was in full swing. I started examining areas of our budget for monthly bills which might be eliminated. Here are the top ten reasons why we decided to cut cable.

  1. The hundred dollar cable bill was eating away at our budget
  2. Cable television provides hours of mindless viewing even when we found fewer television programs worth watching
  3. Few television programs reflected our Christian traditional values.
  4. We no longer trust propaganda macerating as news on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBS and CNN.
  5. More and more broadcast time was taken up with infomercials.  We were tired of paying money for advertising.
  6. New technology has made it much easier to choose alternative media.
    Netflix video streaming, Fancast video streaming, Hulu video streaming, and many of the links you find under Internet TV on this site.
  7. Wonderful old series television from the 60s, 70s, 80s are available online.
  8. Cable remotes make switching channels too easy while choosing a program from the Internet sources takes more deliberate thought.
  9. When satellite TV salesmen who stop us in the mall ask us if we would consider switching to their product, we tell them we do not have cable TV, the look of pure shock is hilarious.
  10. After a year of our experiment of slowly weaning our selves off of cable TV, here’s what we found: we spent more time doing other activities, we read more books, we talk together more often.  Only now have we discovered how much we were addicted to the noise rather than good content.

When this article appeared in today, it once again confirmed why we chose to cut cable TV. If this story disturbs you as much as it does me, maybe it’s time you decide to cut your cable too.

Prime Time TV ‘Objectifies and Fetishizes’ Underage Girls, Study Says

By Hollie McKay
Published December 16, 2010

Long gone are the days when Marcia Brady’s sweet smile and Winnie Cooper’s brains and beauty were how television represented teen-age girls.

According to a new study conducted by the Parents Television Council (PTC), Hollywood is shockingly obsessed with sexualizing teen girls, to the point where underage female characters are shown participating in an even higher percentage of sexual situations than their adult counterparts: 47 percent to 29 percent respectively.

PTC’s report, entitled “New Target: A Study of Teen Female Sexualization on Primetime TV” is based on a content analysis drawn from the 25 most popular shows in the 12-17 demographic throughout the 2009-2010 television season.

“The results from this report show Tinseltown’s eagerness to not only objectify and fetishize young girls, but to sexualize them in such a way that real teens are led to believe their sole value comes from their sexuality,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “This report is less about the shocking numbers that detail the sickness of early sexualization in our entertainment

culture and more about the generation of young girls who are being told how society expects them to behave.”

“Storylines on the most popular shows among teens are sending the message to our daughters that being sexualized isn’t just acceptable, it should be sought after,” Winter said. “It is outrageous that TV executives have made it their business to profit off of programs that depict teen girls blissfully being sexualized by casual partners.”

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