Do you want to be a drone? Do you want to live as a consumer of goods and of advertising? Do you want your emotions to be manufactured and manipulated to reflect the desires of the needs of big business? Do you want your insecurities exploited by businesses who care not for your personal growth health or well being? These are important questions.
Inspiration rarely if ever comes from television. Yes there are interesting documentaries nature programming etc. on TV but rarely is it a anything more than a reasonable facsimile of real life anyway. It is very easy to make excuses for the time you spend watching television. I could be doing that right now and not writing this article. What a waste it would've been. Now because I chose not to watch TV, this article on this blog stands a very good chance to be read by my great grand children after my death who knows how it might influence them and you.
I found this great article that further defines this issue:
"We are particularly concerned with the effects of television on children. We talk about how the simple act of watching television, no matter the content, re-patterns the brain. And it re-patterns it in a way that is opposed to reading, writing, and sustained concentration.
A big part of this is because when you read, your imagination does a lot of the work. When you watch something, there is no room for imagination. Your brain is given every last detail. It actually weakens creativity.
Not unaccustomed to such rants, my wife thought this was a bit of an overreaction. But it was also reflective of the fact that I had not finished the book."
Shane reveals some hard truths about technology. But the thing he points out is that technology itself is neither good nor bad. It is neutral. Yet it does not have a neutral effect on us. Technology shapes us whether we like it or not. But rather than try to get rid of technology altogether, our job is to recognize the way it shapes us and respond accordingly.
We want to understand how technology shapes us, and how we use it. Technology is not going away. And it is a major aspect of our lives. So we need to be aware of how it affects us. We need to be aware of how it affects how we do community. We need to be aware of how it leads us towards and distracts us from our pursuit of meaningful relationships, expansion of consciousness, even our religious beliefs and God.
Technology is here to stay, so we need to learn how to use it judiciously.