WORLD TV Day

The TV offers something to most of us and is a normal part of our modern world. Those who choose to have no TV are the odd ones out, as the majority are big into what the TV brings from the outside into their home.

The TV was invented by John Logie Baird in 1924. It was originally known as “the televisor” or mechanical television and had its first screening in London in 1926. (1)

In December 1996, United Nations General Assembly announced 21st November as World Television Day.

The UN website tells us that this day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalisation in the contemporary world.

The TV was recognised by the United Nations as a ‘major tool in informing, channelling and affecting public opinion’. (2)

We are a world that loves watching a screen and with technology we get all the sounds to make anything come to life and feel real. Some do the box at home and others watch TV on their smartphones, tablets and computers.

As kids it may be a form of entertainment.
For the elderly it can be a way to pass the time.
For teenagers it could be a way to distract themselves.
For adults it could be used to wind down or relax.
For many it is because we are simply just plain bored.

So what exactly is our TV communicating?
How is TV influencing us all in our present day?
What are we using the television for?
What is the TV informing us?
How is the TV affecting public opinion?
What is the channelling doing to our body?

How much TV do we watch?
Do we stick the telly on just out of habit?
Are we a movie buff?
Are we addicted to certain programmes?
Can we imagine life without the TV?

Do we watch telly before bed?
Do we use television to help us fall asleep?
Do we get carried away with emotion watching sports?
Do we use TV for computer games?

Do we put the box on just for company?
Do we sometimes talk to the TV screen?
Do we get involved in what we are watching?

Do we eat in front of the telly?
Do we drink alcohol when we have the TV on?

Is TV our best friend?
Is watching TV better than admitting we are Bored with Life?

Do we have TV’s in every room?
Does our TV take pride of place in our room?
Do we miss the TV when we can’t watch it?

Do we use the TV so we don’t have to spend time with the kids?
Do we need our TV when we don’t want to deal with our issues?
Do we love the TV because we can shout and yell at it?

Watching TV like all other media is a way of keeping up to date with what is going on around the world. It can offer us education about things we may not be aware of. We also have our favourite movies, programmes and whatever interests we personally have.

So have we stopped and asked the WHY questions?

WHY do we need Television?
WHY is a TV high on our list even before other household contents?

WHY do we love to eat in front of the TV?
WHY do we not register what we have eaten whilst watching TV?
WHY do the adverts get us eating more foods than our body needs?

WHY do we get excited or emotional watching a screen?
WHY do we get involved in the characters on Television?

WHY do we put the TV on just for company?
WHY do we need the TV on to help us go to sleep?
WHY do we like TV as a background noise?
WHY do we like staring at a screen just to pass some time?

WHY has the TV become a necessity in modern life?
WHY are there hundreds of TV channels?

WHY do we make TV a priority above other important things in life
WHY do we moan about the TV, but carry on watching it every day?
WHY do we record in advance our favourite programmes whilst on holiday?
WHY do we record and watch stuff over and over again on TV?

Have we ever stopped and asked if what we see on TV is affecting us in anyway?
Are we aware of how our body is feeling before, during and after watching TV?
Does our breathing change during a movie?
Does our mood change whilst watching TV?

Is our state of mind altered by what we are watching?
Do we absorb what is going on in our favourite movie or TV show?
Do we use the TV to avoid feeling what is really going on in our lives?
Do we use the TV to numb our day down?

Do we use the TV to vent our frustration and anger?
Do we use the TV to feel connected in some way?

Is TV our comfort in life?

Whatever our answers, this presentation is saying that it could be possible that we may not be totally aware of what TV watching is doing to our body and how much we are absorbing what is on the screen.

Dear World,

Do we have a Responsibility in anyway when we choose to watch TV?
Do those who make the TV programmes have a Responsibility?
Do our Television Broadcasting Companies have a Responsibility?

Good Night and Good Luck is a film set in the 1950’s when Senator Joseph McCarthy was carrying out his communist ‘witch hunts’.

CBS TV journalist Edward Murrow was determined to report real facts and enlighten the public with the support of the staff and producers at CBS. They had to defy corporate and sponsorship pressures and go ahead with examining and exposing the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy.

As a direct result of this exposure on TV, senator McCarthy is brought before the US Senate.

The legacy of Edward Murrow and the news team at CBS during this time have remained to this day a marker of the standard for high quality journalism.

In the film Goodnight and Good Luck, the following transcript is at the beginning –

“This might just do nobody any good. At the end of this discourse a few people may accuse this reporter of fouling his own comfortable nest and your organisation may be accused of having given hospitality to heretical and even dangerous ideas.

But the elaborate structure of networks, advertising agencies and sponsors will not be shaken or altered. It is my desire, if not my duty to try to talk to you journeymen with some candour about what is happening to radio and television and if what I say is responsible, I alone am responsible for the saying of it.

Our history will be what we make of it and if there are any historians about 50 or 100 years from now and there should be preserved the kinescopes of one week of all 3 networks, they will there find recorded in black and white and in colour, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live.

We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have a built in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this but unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognise that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it may see a totally different picture too late”.
Edward R. Morrow – 25th October 1958

So what was this honest TV journalist spelling out to us back then?
WHY did he feel it was his duty to report Truth to the world?
Have we bothered to pay any attention to his words?
Can we agree when he says “our history will be what we make of it”?
Does this mean we each have a hand in what history will end up being?

What has changed since 1958 in the television industry?

Why have we continued to use Television in full Technicolor for even more ‘evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live’?

Can we agree that this man nailed it back then when he said ‘we are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent’?

Would it be true to say we today ‘have a built in allergy to unpleasant and disturbing information’?

Have we bothered to recognise or be aware that ‘television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us’?

If after half a century, as the most intelligent species on earth, we happen to be at the same place, then what does this tell us about our real evolution?

This is one man speaking the truth publicly using the media platform of CBS back then to broadcast to us, standing to lose everything and yet nothing stopped him from presenting this simple truth.

In his public reply speech to McCarthy, Morrow says the following at the end –

Having searched my conscience and my files, I cannot contend that I have been right or wise. But I have attempted to pursue the truth with some diligence and report it, even though as in this case, I had been warned in advance that I could be subjected to the attentions of Senator McCarthy. (3)

Do we have any upfront, ‘say it as it is’ TV journalists like Edward Morrow today?

Or do we have them but they are afraid to lose their career so they hold back?

Are those who subscribe to the TV industry the problem or those who run it?
In other words, is it us demanding distractions to delude us, the real problem?

WHY do we not have straightforward honest TV journalism that delivers Truth?
WHY do we need our decadence, escapism and insulation from reality?
WHY do we demand this from our Television companies who simply want the mass numbers?

At the end of the film Morrow delivers a power pack wake up call for his audience.

“I began by saying that our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up with us. Just once in a while, let us exalt the importance of ideas and information. Let us dream to the extent of saying that on a given Sunday night, a time normally occupied by Ed Sullivan is given over to a clinical survey on the state of American education and a week or two later – a time normally used by Steve Allen is devoted to a thorough going study of American policy in the Middle East.

Would the corporate image of their respective sponsors be damaged?

Would the shareholders rise up in their wrath and complain?

Would anything happen, other than a few million people would have received a little illumination on subjects that may well determine the future of this country and therefore the future of the corporations.

For those who say people wouldn’t look, they wouldn’t be interested, they are too complacent indifferent and insulated, I can only reply – there is in one reporter’s opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost”.

This instrument can teach. It can illuminate and yes it can even inspire but it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it towards those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.

Could it be possible that what Edward Murrow is saying is true and that television can educate and inspire us?

Is he saying that it comes down to what we request and demand?

In other words, the TV networks supply what we ask for and so the future of these corporations is in our hands.

What would TV be today if we had Edward Murrow leading the way as a reporter of Truth?

What would our world be like if there was a moral compass that is unwavering inside each journalist?

What if there were journalists who are not afraid of losing their job because they reported pure Truth?

What if we had journalists only reporting the real facts and no sensationalism existed?

What if we brought an end to the decadence, escapism and insulation from reality that TV gives us today?

Are we aware of the influence that Television maybe having on our lives?Do we care about the impact that TV maybe having on the lives of others?

How serious is it when a man is strangled and the body is placed in a bath with acid? He said he was playing out what he saw on a cult TV program. He lost all sense of reality and his moral compass was not on the radar. Is this OK? (4)

WHY do we just read and accept what we see or hear on the news and do nothing, say nothing and just carry on with our lives as if it has nothing to do with us?

Is this going to stop us subscribing to Cult TV?
Have we all heard about Cult TV?
What is it?
Who is behind this stuff?
Does this exist because we want it?
Is the regular stuff not cutting it, so we want extreme stuff now?
WHY is Cult TV described as attracting a fanatical following?
WHY do Cult TV shows get a small group of people obsessed?
WHY do we need fascination to entertain us?
WHY do we love extreme excitement?

WHY do we need fiction, fantasy and horror to fuel our passion?

Could it be possible that we crave TV because something is missing in our lives?

Could it be possible that the amount of TV hours spent each week and the quality of what we are choosing to watch, may have an effect on our general health and well-being?

Possible?

References

(1) McGoogan, C. (2016, January 27). Who Invented the Television? How People Reacted to John Logie Baird’s Creation 90 Years Ago. Retrieved November 14, 2016 from:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/google-doodle/12121474/Who-invented-the-television-John-Logie-Baird-created-the-TV-in-1926.html

(2) (n.d). World Television Day 21 November. United Nations. Retrieved November 14, 2016 from
http://www.un.org/en/events/televisionday/background.shtml

(3) (2016). Edward R. Murrow. Response to Senator Joe McCarthy on CBS’ See it Now. Originally Broadcast 13 April 1954. American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank. Retrieved April 24, 2017 from
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/edwardrmurrowtomccarthy.htm 

(4) (2016, November 14). Stefano Brizzi Guilty of PC Gordon Semple’s Murder. BBC News. Retrieved November 16, 2016 from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37978755

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  1. Television is one of the many things in our lives that we just accept as part of our world. We do not stop and ask “Is TV really good for us?”

    If we would stop just for a second and ask ” Why am I turning it on?” it would allow us to possibly make a change in our habits.

    Also if we can make a more conscious choice of what we are watching, we could change what is being presented.

    I personally recommend watching the movie “Good night and good luck”. It is inspirational and shows the power of television and media to make a change in this world if it is used responsibly.

    1. Great questions here Ken – thank you.
      This habit of switching on the TV can be changed and I am living proof of that. It came after writing a blog about Books by Serge Benhayon. I felt a strong pull to make comments on those who were commenting and it felt like a responsibility. No one asked me to do it but instead of sticking the telly on in the evening and flicking channels, I made the conscious choice instead to put valuable comments on the internet that one day someone may read or even study as I am certain this man will be studied in the future because of who he is and what he brings.
      That was 10 months ago and that blog alone has a 1000 comments and then this website which I comment on regularly has 800 as I have made it my business to be consistent with the commenting. This is instead of TV watching.
      My life feels more rewarding, content and joyful and NO I do not miss TV at all.
      In fact, we cancelled our big fat subscription which gives you heaps of TV channels.

    2. What a great idea, Ken: to pause before turning the TV on and as ourselves that question. I often pause before I eat, to introduce a little circuit-breaker breath, to stop me eating on autopilot. Why not do the same with TV? I was always one of those ‘eat while watching the box’ people, but over the years I’ve watched less and less of it. I called time completely when my husband and I had been doing the box set thing for a while and I realised I was reliving or talking about or at the very least thinking about the shows during the day. I was like ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT THE TV AND YOU’RE NOT EVEN WATCHING IT!’. It struck me as weird and a complete waste of time to be spending even a single minute or a tiny joule of energy thinking about something vacuous that’s not even real. How many of us are doing that though, every day? That is not to say I never watch TV or that I never eat in front of it. I take great pleasure, for example, in watching a film with my kids with a bit of popcorn, but it’s much harder to check out when you’re conscious about not getting sucked in and it’s easier when you’re constantly stopping it to explain or discuss things to small people! Great to read this blog and have another look at this.

  2. The film, Good Night and Good Luck was eye opening.
    It showed me a kind of journalism I have not seen in my lifetime; a reporting of the truth with integrity.

    It is clear that in 1958 Edward R. Morrow saw the beginning of the end of this kind of honest informing of the public and with true care and deep concern for what he knew and saw happening in the news reporting industry and in U.S. citizens (the easy slide into apathetic acceptence of distorted reporting, deep illusion and loss of power) he recorded his understanding of what was happening for future generations (us) to learn from.

    Good Night and Good Luck should be a mandatory watch for every student and adult who watches TV or gathers “news” from any source and this should only be the start of the discussion…

    1. A great summary Jo Elmer of this film which as you say should be watched by all of us who subscribe to news and TV media.
      Where is the integrity these days in upfront honest journalism and reporting so the public get the real picture of what is going on. We need more Edward Morrow reporters who are willing to not negotiate or worry about their job because Truth holds more value to them.

    2. Reading this blog and your comment, Jo, I’m struck by the same truth: I can’t honestly say I have ever experienced the type of integrity and commitment to truth in journalism shown by Morrow. What a seismic shift such truth would bring today! Come on journalists out there, go for it. At the very least I’m seeing a handful of humanity on this website calling out for it and surely there are more out there who want real and uncut? And what a prize for all of us and for generations to come: TRUTH.

  3. These are great questions inviting us to look at the impact TV has on our lives. Yes “this instrument can teach. It can illuminate and yes it can even inspire but it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it towards those ends”. Our choice to tune into programmes plays a decisive role in the success of a programme by pushing up the viewing figures. So it is worthwhile assessing what we are in effect supporting, and to ask what quality is the broadcast creating in the world. Is it inspiring us to live with love and care of one another, recognising and appreciating our divine qualities, commitment and responsibility to express and contribute with all that we are? Just like the CBS TV journalist Edward Murrow who exposed senator McCarthy, we have a choice. And we have a voice.

    1. Correct Golnaz – we have a choice and we have a voice as Edward Morrow points out clearly in the film Good Night and Good Luck.
      You make a great point about what it is we are supporting when we view a programme as that affects the viewing figures and determines where future TV will go.
      So right now it would be true to say that reality TV that is getting extreme has high numbers and wannabe celebrities trying to get famous, sport and cooking programmes.
      So this is what the public demands and this is where the TV industry supplies. This confirms the quality of TV that we are asking for.

  4. TV programmes have such an influence on us and throughout society. I have read of cases recently where romantic vampire movies have been watched by 2 teenagers after they killed a mother and daughter and of programs involving drugs where drugs barons have copied what they have seen in popular cult TV programs. When we watch TV or anything for that matter we may just think that we are innocently watching something and that we then leave it behind when we switch off the TV screen. But what IF, as this blog presents, we are taking into our bodies’ what we absorb on the TV screen and that it is then affecting our lives? Would we then take more care and question what we are watching and why, rather then blindly turning on the TV, if this were true? Is this the level of RESPONSIBILITY that it required BEFORE we can truly inform humanity about what is going on and use the TV for that purpose?

    1. Your two cases mentioned are serious Shevon and this is why we cannot just assume because it is out there on a screen it has no effect on us. Our minds are capable of all sorts of things and we cannot simply negate the fact that teenagers can simply switch off after murdering and switch on the TV and watch vampire movies.
      What about those who think it is ok to write material for TV knowing that there is a possibility people will replicate it regardless of the dangers. Surely there has to be some responsibility in what we put out there. OR is the TV industry making more money with these types of programmes and as money is the name of the game, this is not going to stop.

    2. Yes Shevon, I also feel that, no matter who we are, we are influenced by what we choose to spend time on or in or spend time “taking in”.

      The saying “you are what you eat” comes into play with TV too since we are literally taking the sound, visuals and content of the ;programing’ into our bodies and mind.

      …so the big question is ‘is it worth asking ourselves if what we watch is how and who we want to be?’

      1. Good point Jo when you say TV is us taking in the sound visuals and content into our bodies and minds.
        I know in the past I have had questions about something I have watched which is fiction and yet it played over and over again in my mind. This is how I know that this stuff does get inside you. I have also seen people get really emotional with soccer games and its like they lose sense of what is going on around them as they are so hooked in.

    3. “But what IF, as this blog presents, we are taking into our bodies’ what we absorb on the TV screen and that it is then affecting our lives? ”

      Shevon, well said. I know this to be true.

      My kids have come home from afterschool club twice now feeling disturbed after watching TV there, and that’s just watching the latest show designed for kids. They described having images, ideas, words and songs stuck in their heads. Not even particularly scary things, but things they felt had been planted and they didn’t want in there, consuming their thoughts and stopping them going to sleep.

      They felt this enough that my eldest recently turned down a birthday party invitation because it was to watch a new kids movie in 3D and he didn’t want a repeat after watching, of what he’s experienced before.

      I wonder how many of us have a similar experience, but haven’t unpicked it yet. Our thoughts constantly turning to what we’ve heard or seen.

      It feels like this could be a phenomenon worthy of scientific study.

  5. What if there are these brilliant journalists out there but as the audience we are unwilling to hear the truth, where then is the calling out for the truth that they can bring when they are constantly being told ‘give us distractions and stimulation’? It’s not just the journalists it’s all of us that are responsible for allowing the truth to be expressed in the world, if not from our own mouths but from our everyday movements. If I am checking out on social media and numbing myself then how does that support others to express truth or even question the status quo that we are sitting in that is comfortably numbing and blinding us from asking such simple questions as you’ve done so here.

  6. I spent time in a waiting room yesterday with a television which was playing a game show… and I had to re-visit this blog…

    OH Wow, I can not believe how shallow, small, petty and actually morally unwell the program was.
    Is it not a generally understood universal law that what we focus on, put energy and time into grows? It is hard to fathom anyone wanting to grow the kind of behavior and mentality we have in this and so many of our TV shows… so it really is time to ask questions about TV, as this very wise author does.

    I ask again, “Why are so many of us watching this stuff? and what are we choosing as individuals for humanity by supporting this?”.

    There is so much true quality to be finding in humanity and so much real work to be done and so much true beauty in ourselves and each other that we could instead be focusing on, bringing out and nurturing. I’ll leave you with that for now.

    1. How many of us stop to even think about what you say here is a natural law of the universe Jo Elmer. Whatever it is that we choose to focus on and put our time and energy into actually magnifies.
      It all comes down to choice and my choice this year has been to change my focus so winding down no longer requires me to veg out in front of a large screen flicking channels as nothing grabs me for long. I reflected on this for some time and realised that it was a form of ‘comfort’ doing nothing, seeking relief from my day and passing some time. What a waste and thank God for the change.
      Writing comments like this has purpose and watching TV simply does not hold the same quality.

  7. “What if we had journalists only reporting the real facts and no sensationalism existed? Now THAT would be something. I stopped my subscription to one of the Sunday broadsheets last year as I became so disillusioned by the quality of the writing. Even the business pages have pictures of celebrities on them at every opportunity (however stretched the nexus) – a picture of Kylie Minogue in full stage get up, for example, next to a piece on the financial results of one of the record labels. It seems the news has become a form of entertainment – to stimulate the emotions rather than our sense of truth and purpose. Great to stop for a moment and consider WHY this is and where we are at in our consumption of it.

  8. What if we had journalists only reporting the real facts and no sensationalism existed? Now THAT would be something. I stopped my subscription to one of the Sunday broadsheets last year as I became so disillusioned by the quality of the writing. Even the business pages have pictures of celebrities on them at every opportunity (however stretched the nexus) – a picture of a super-star pop idol in her full stage get up, for example, next to a piece on the financial results of one of the record labels. It seems the news has become a form of entertainment – to stimulate the emotions rather than our sense of truth and purpose. Great to stop for a moment and consider WHY this is and where we are at in our consumption of it.

  9. TV is such a powerful tool if presented in a Responsibile way. Quite often it is not. You hear reports of young children addicted to TV and their IPads and exhausted because they are watching throughout the night. Quite shocking when our children should be sleeping. Until the TV industry changes and reports the Truth people will still believe what is reported Is REALITY when it is NOT.

  10. I agree, are we aware of the full effects TV has on us, are we aware the effects it has on our children? and there is a cable channel designed specifically for babies. Children naturally play and interact with each other and adults, it is their natural way of learning and developing.

    In a report from the Michigan University of Medicine http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/tv.htm it says –

    “Does TV affect children’s brain development?
    With television programs—and now a cable channel—designed and marketed specifically for babies, whether kids under two years of age should be watching becomes an important question”.

    This report lists how much TV different ages of children watch, the content and the effects.

    Urban Child Institute http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/articles/policy-briefs/infants-toddlers-and-television reports –

    “Early television watching can endanger healthy development”.

    In addition to reporting young children’s increased exposure to television, these studies have also discovered that TV in the first three years of life can have a negative impact on healthy development:

    Infant exposure to television has been linked to delayed language development and kindergarten readiness skills.
    Early exposure to TV has also been connected to attention disorders and sleep problems.
    TV use at age three has been linked to behaviour problems and to long-term effects on social development, classroom engagement, and academic achievement.

    ‘TV supplies only empty calories for a growing child’s brain’

    ‘Babies brains are not ready for TV’

    So why do we put the TV on for our children?

  11. Thank you Simple Living Global for this outstanding and power-full blog on a very under-discussed topic.

    Having watched the film “Good Night and Good Luck” myself, Edward Morrow’s speech at the beginning of the film was very prophetic. Just as compelling, was his speech at the end, in asking the TV companies to make programmes that talked about the many issues that is affecting or could affect the country.

    In his speech at the beginning of the film, he says that “TV in the main, is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us.”

    This is so very true.

    TV programme makers seem to think that all we want are reality based shows or cooking shows.

    How many TV programmes are there that educate us on the important issues that the world is facing?

    How many of us live our lives vicariously through the daily or weekly offerings of the many soap opera’s and dramas that are on offer throughout the many hundreds of TV channels?

    Having been an avid TV watcher myself up until about 10 years ago, I can attest to the fact of arranging my social life around the many soap opera’s of the day. Add to that the 300 plus video’s that I had, checking out,entertaining and immersing myself in a fantasy world through the ‘magic of the square box’ was a big part of my life.

    Edward Morrow shared a very important message with us.

    He had the foresight to see what was coming and expressed it to the whole world and like anyone that dares to want to tell the truth, he faced enormous pressure to not do so.

    In the world of true journalism, Edward Morrow was, and still is, a lone voice on the harmful affects of our entertainment addicted society.

    1. I am with you Tim that even decades after his time as news caster, Edward Morrow stands out as ‘lone voice’ on the harms of a society addicted to entertainment…

      …but now there is this blog to add a ripple to what Edward M. said to us all so long ago.

      I highly recommend the film Tim refers to, “Good Night and Good Luck” to anyone who:
      cares about people
      who would like to know what true journalism looks like
      who wants to see how powerful and important speaking the truth is… for us all

      How many wise people have spoken common sense, spoken the truth against all manor of pressures and how many of these wise lone voices been ignored by us (the masses) until the suffering of ignoring the truth has come to be too great and too obvious to ignore…?

  12. Could it be possible that the amount of TV hours spent each week and the quality of what we are choosing to watch, may have an effect on our general health and well-being?

    Speaking as a former TV addict who would watch all kinds of nonsense on the daytime channels, it has become clear to me now how draining watching TV can be.
    For instance I could wake up in the morning and feel bright ready for the day, only to find about mid morning I would feel to sit down with a cup of tea and put the TV on.

    What I found would happen is that I would lose my get up and go and would be stuck to the couch, and hours would pass me by.
    I would eventually get up reluctantly and convince myself to clean up or start the dinner, but what I noticed was that I felt lethargic, sluggish, uninterested in anything other than the program I had been watching and I would be preoccupied in my mind with the story line.

    To me watching the TV was a drug, which had the ability to take me away for a few or more hours into a fantasy world of make believe, but now that I have chosen to free myself of the TV, it has become clearer how asleep I was and how owned I was to this form of checking out.

    So as a response to the above mentioned question, to me it makes perfect sense that the TV can and does affect our general health and well-being and that there is so much more going on than innocently watching the TV or a movie.

  13. I used to put the TV on in the evening like some kind of reward for working hard that day.
    It got to the point where I was flicking channels thinking how aweful reality TV and soaps are. Any film was way too old and just repeats and if nothing done it there was always some cookery show.

    Then over a year ago, I just got up from my comfy sofa, switched that box off and made a choice to post some comments on other websites where I have posted blogs.
    I recall having a deeper quality of sleep and felt a sense of appreciation in my body. It was like I did not waste time looking at a screen with no meaning or purpose.

    I realise that evening TV watching was the only time I could pin myself down as any other time it was utterly boring. So I had to look at WHY it was just before bed. It was a kind of time filler and it left me empty and it really did feel pointless.

  14. Yesterday I was sat in my doctors waiting room and a mum with 2 young children came in. The children sat and played with each other giggling together, their Joy filled the room, I noticed people were smiling.

    There was a small TV screen in one corner of the room with health advise on. They didn’t take any notice and carried on playing until a cartoon character came on, then the children stopped playing and giggling together and turned to watch the screen. They seemed locked into the screen their heads moved simultaneously with what was being shown, no longer interacting at all. The room felt completely different, the Joy and sense of play disappeared.

    This was such a great example of the effect of TV on us, children and adults.. how we switch off, become completely distracted and separate, lose touch with our Joy and connection with each other.

    With the change I felt in the room I question what impact is the vast number of humanity watching TV having on each other, and us as a whole, when we turn on the TV and switch off?

  15. I’ve come to realise we waste so much of our time.

    Isn’t the vast majority of TV simply a royal waste of time?

  16. I used to watch TV to escape from what I found stressful and from what I was feeling. I watched it to have people contact, company, to ease my loneliness but the reality of it was that it kept me lonely and stopped me dealing with life, it kept me in the state of living in the same cycle.

    The more I took loving care of myself, building a relationship with myself, the less lonely I felt.. and the more I realised and could feel the harmful effect it was having on my wellbeing and my life in general like not being able to get to sleep at night, not going to bed when I needed to, feeling groggy in the morning, affecting my relationships with others.

    I no longer watch TV.. and I don’t miss it.

  17. Television is a technology that we have allowed to get out of control. Now we can watch tv all the time. We basically carry a tv with us all the time. We can take a walk and watch it. Actually we can take a walk with our computer or virtual reality equipment and not leave the room.

    The question is, is this progress?

    Is our quality of life really getting better with all our technology ?

    Do we have less illness and disease in the world?

    We need to take more responsibility for the world we have created. Everything in our world is the result of our individual choices. The only way things will change is if we make changes in our individual lives.

  18. Edward Morrow said that “TV in the main, is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us.”

    Since Edward’s time the quality and truthfulness of TV has sunk far lower and we have now added addictions to social media which are spinning out of control…

    …so what is it about us we are so desperate to medicate, that we continue to degrade our health & lessen the quality of our lives in attempts to avoid the un-avoidable?

    Could it be what the author of this blog suggests that “something is missing in our lives”?

    Could all this mess be telling us that we need to deal with the fact that we miss our-selves and we need to do something different before anything will get better?

  19. I just read this from a parenting counsellor:

    ‘If medical science identified an environmental toxin that increased the rates of obesity, substance abuse, sexual risk behaviors, eating disorders, sleep disturbances, anxiety and violence, outraged parents would demand that the government intervene to remove this toxin so their children would no longer be exposed. Television is an environmental pollutant that has a greater adverse effect on children than it has on adults. Parents don’t need to wait for government intervention; they can simply turn off the TV switch.”

    – Marilyn Heins

  20. My 6 year old consistently wakes up joyful and he loves that.

    This morning was no exception.

    He watched an episode of a children’s TV show and he told me afterwards that while he was watching it he felt sad because realised he could no longer feel his ‘joy feeling’.

    He said he doesn’t want to watch that programme anymore. He isn’t sure yet whether it will be all TV that does that or just that programme so he’s going to experiment.

    I wonder what would happen if more of us tried a similar experiment.

  21. After waking up on a recent flight, I could see the TV screen of the guy next to me. He was watching a film with an extended fight scene. It was brutal and sustained and speeded up to make it look fantastical.

    I could feel my chest hardening watching this fighting. It was strangely fixating – drawing you in. Making you flinch.

    I could also feel the tension of this guy, his body was rigid, staring at the screen, like he was anticipating giving or receiving a punch.

    It was clear it was having a physiological affect and I could feel it myself.

    The flight was packed. So many people staring into screens, and the same thing happening on so many similar flights all over the world.

  22. I saw some youngish kids in a cafe this week. They were watching wrestling on a laptop whilst stuffing food into their mouths. Their parent was on her own laptop doing something else.

    The wrestling was pretty full on. 2 men looking pretty crazy, humping each other around in tight Lycra.

    It’s amazing to think of how we got here. How it progressed, perhaps from straight up fighting, into this weird form of entertainment.

    And the kids were fixated. Couldn’t take their eyes off it, even while eating.

    What messages are they receiving about life and human behaviour?

    About how to treat one another.

    About having ‘down time’ and how to fill it?

  23. Metro – 13th November 2017

    Comparethemarket.com conducted a poll which showed that an average of £48,800 is spent in the UK on TV entertainment packages and phone contracts.

    Does this tell us what our priorities are with TV watching being about entertainment?

    What if we took note of the wisdom in this blog from Edward Morrow.

    ‘This instrument can teach. It can illuminate and yes it can even inspire but it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it towards those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.’

    I know that I have been inspired by this and whilst I do not subscribe to any TV packages, if there is something of value on TV that does educate and can be used to raise awareness I most certainly will spend my time on it. But if it doesn’t, I won’t.

  24. It is so easy to get caught up with TV and check out for hours. I used to be like that. It made me really tired and lazy.

    Are we using TV as a way to Ignore what is really going in our Life? Our children are being sucked into a world of TV and do not want to do anything else. What are we teaching our children?

    This is a great blog to come back to.

  25. Thank you for this excellent and illuminating blog.

    Reading the blog has prompted me to ask myself why I watch TV.

    For me, TV has primarily been a means of escape.

    When I watch TV, I escape from my often noisy mind and whatever I have been feeling that day. In my TV escape time, I abdicate responsibility for the way I feel and the thoughts racing around my mind and I do not have to deal with myself.

    I am a little embarrassed to admit that, living alone as I do and have done for some years, watching TV has given me a false sense of fake connection with the people and voices onscreen. When the TV is on, I have company in the house.

    There is a comfort for me in watching TV that stems from childhood.

    As a child, I loved the times when we would all sit down as a family and watch TV together. It was a special time spent together as a family because Dad often worked long hours and normally Mum would either be out at work, or busy in the kitchen, or elsewhere in the house doing chores.

    There is still a child in me that finds comfort in TV.

    Now, when I look back, I greatly regret spending so much time watching TV.

    I am aware that the emotions expressed on screen can affect me if I do not remain a detached observer.

    I also recognise that watching TV late at night regularly when I could have been sleeping has contributed greatly to the exhaustion I feel in my body.

    But, perhaps what unsettles me most is the awareness that all those countless hours I have lost to watching TV could have been spent much more fruitfully and I cannot get that time back.

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