That sums it up well montalk.
Purely a manipulative appliance.
And I call it an appliance for good reason, many people are so used to it, they no longer put it in the same category as a washing machine or a toaster.
I will sometimes use that one for illustration-
I tell people given the option they'd usually get better wisdom from their toaster...
Or, more to the point, would they allow another aplliance (a toaster) such control over their lives, emotions, and expectations?
And this ties in with the microwave thread for me, because for unknown reasons I gave up both at around the same time (fall '01). It's funny- because they look similar, (at least they did until recently)
have similar negative radiation effects, and can both be quite unhealthy.
A big one for people wanting to get unhooked- you may need to diligently avoid any exposure to tv for a period of 4-6 months or more, in order to begin to see how it does affect you, when you finally turn it back on for the 'beta' test. At which point you'll probably never go back to regular viewing.
And anyone who has a CRT monitor or tv, I highly recommend LCD.
Happy to have been a part