Low-tech American's sad addiction to TV causes a crisis as the digital change approaches. Their "friends" may go mute and black.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
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...after Feb. 17 the rooftop antenna connected to her television would no longer function properly, and thus neither would her TV — unless she bought and installed an adaptor.
No wonder folks are confused about the upcoming change when this type of reporting is rampant.
The antenna will continue to work just fine, as will the TV. It is simply a case that there will no longer be any signals broadcast that the TV will be able to decode without the converter box.
I watch occasional news on PBS. That's it. Not even worth the price of a converter box. Let it die.
Head for the hills, the TVpocalypse is near!
Since moving to Nebraska, we only get FOX, CBS, ABC and 3 religious stations on our antenna. Very rarely do we watch any of these. We are not getting the adaptor, so when the switch comes our TV will go silently into the night.
When we tell people of these plans they are shocked. They act as if we are cutting off our water supply. Sadly, though, I think many people (including Christians) fill up their lives with TV, which would create a huge vacuum if they went without it.
I ceased watching TV during my sophomore year of college (five years ago). Almost all of what
is broadcast on television fails
to pass the criteria of Philippians 4:8:
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
The other day a Chinese student asked me, "What shows do you watch on TV?"
"I don't watch any TV."
"Why not? Is it because it is full of lies?"
I couldn't have said it any better.
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