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    Are books worthless?

    Depends which ones you read.

    Same with TV.
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    Entertainment has no worth, then?

    There's a lot of good stuff on TV, you just have to find it. HBO and Showtime's original programming is usually pretty good. Dexter, The Sopranos, The Wire, Weeds, Deadwood, Carnivale, Dead Like Me. All are or were good shows. Granted some ended before their times, but regardless -- good TV.

    The Shield was fantastic.
    The Venture Bros. is hilarious.
    There are a number of good shows on Adult Swim.
    Hell's Kitchen is good fun.
    Kitchen Nightmares is also a lot of fun.
    The F Word on BBC.
    Good Eats is educational and fun.
    No Reservations is excellent.
    Man v. Food is a guilty pleasure of mine.
    How Clean is Your House? on BBC

    Admittedly, the advertisements can be irritating, but that's why they put the Shut Up TV button on the remote. (Mute.)
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    TV is sub-literate dreck.

    And it perpetuates American group fantasy.

    It would be very interesting if TV subjected group fantasy to literate understanding. But it doesn't.

    It slops group fantasy into our minds, uncritically, without let or hinderance.

    TV dumbs us down simply so that we will buy, buy, buy.

    But why should we be surprised as your last President, President Bush, said in response to the economic crisis that, "The business of America is business".

    And from the other side of the world, the odd, naive and charming thing about Americans, is that they are always selling themselves.

    And it was President Calvin Coolidge, the only President to be born on the 4th of July, and as American as apple pie, who first said, "The business of America is business".

    And Americans have been selling themselves ever since.

    And it is the Calvinists who teach that salvation is found in the work ethic, in buying and selling - even selling yourself.

    So TV is essentially a religious sermon teaching us the way to salvation.

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    TV is nigh worthless. You have the news, and thats all I would use it for.
    I guess, the machine, the television, is not worthless. You can hook up a videogame console to it, which is more gratifying than watching 10 minutes of commercials every 30 minutes ANYDAY.

    Personally, I illegally download my entire seasons of the shows I like

    I only know I like these shows by chance of happening to walk by one, or by word of mouth

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    You know, we're paying well over 800 a year for Sky (and Channel subscription)... and there's barely anything to watch - let alone, getting enough time to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kangirl View Post
    Are books worthless?

    Depends which ones you read.

    Same with TV.
    When you have a giant library containing books which you summon at will.. and to your disposal, the impovrished library with a narrow selection is marginalized to being a illogical choice.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrMe View Post
    Entertainment has no worth, then?

    There's a lot of good stuff on TV, you just have to find it. HBO and Showtime's original programming is usually pretty good. Dexter, The Sopranos, The Wire, Weeds, Deadwood, Carnivale, Dead Like Me. All are or were good shows. Granted some ended before their times, but regardless -- good TV.

    The Shield was fantastic.
    The Venture Bros. is hilarious.
    There are a number of good shows on Adult Swim.
    Hell's Kitchen is good fun.
    Kitchen Nightmares is also a lot of fun.
    The F Word on BBC.
    Good Eats is educational and fun.
    No Reservations is excellent.
    Man v. Food is a guilty pleasure of mine.
    How Clean is Your House? on BBC

    Admittedly, the advertisements can be irritating, but that's why they put the Shut Up TV button on the remote. (Mute.
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    Depends what you're watching TV for and then which channels you can access to cater to your taste... If you want mindless, comedic entertainment I'd say there's plenty of TV for you. If you want intellectual stimulus, there's the History channel, Discovery Channel etc. If you enjoy sports, there's sports channels. News - News channels etc. etc.

    I wouldn't say TV is worthless.

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    I mostly watch reruns or documentaries. I can't stand hearing about current events or politics, so I don't watch TV when those are on. I prefer the computer these days, but TV is still the best for me on those days when I have absolutely no motivation to do anything.

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    I like having news on in the background sometimes, mostly CNN, MSNBC, and Link TV.

    Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office (the US version, obviously. Gervais just isn't that funny) are the two funniest shows on TV and I'll watch them.

    And when I see something cool on

    -Discovery
    -Discovery Science
    -Nat Geo
    -History Channel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey_Peltast View Post
    Until BitTorrent is embraced as a legal means to obtain copyrighted material, I'm going to stick to conventional means. I don't place enough importance on television to waste hard drive space and gamble with the possiblity of the RIAA or MPAA busting down my door.
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