Well, we unplugged our television a couple of weeks ago, as per our watch-it-during-winter strategy of television management, and now that I am detoxed from it, here are some observations.
1) Two negatives do not equal a positive. Why in the world is Dancing with the Starts popular? I, like most sensible people, have no desire to watch ballroom dancing; furthermore, I'm not really interested in the B- and C-list stars used on the shows. Why would putting the two together make a difference?
What other things that I don't like can be put together into sure-fire hits?
- Public television fund-raisers and soap operas?
- Television news-pundits and home decoration?
2) MTV? Why does MTV prominently feature a car repair show? (Pimp my ride). Okay, it long ago gave up music videos, I know, but this isn't even close to things that are close to music. What's next? Cooking shows? Organic farming?
3) Common themes. In flicking through the channels, I noticed several themes in what makes a good TV show today.
A) Fixing something, e.g., somebody's face or their house.
B) Helping someone, e.g., some show gave surprise cars to people.
C) Models, e.g., some game show with Howie Mandel has dozens of female models standing in stadium-style seating.
So, here's an ideal show... Victoria's Secret models supervise complete life makeovers for needy people--style, financial management, home remodeling, etc.... "Honey, Giselle is here to get us out of debt, so we can afford the medications that Johnny needs."
4) TV as a habit. The first month or so I, and the family, only watched shows we had wanted to see. By the end, we would just plop down on the couch and start surfing, in hopes of finding something.
5) Peaceful. The first day that we unplugged, several members of my family wondered around the house in a stupor. Now we don't even miss it, and the house feels much more peaceful--at least until December.