I must add something to this thought... Mt days of watching actual TV programming on the schedule of the networks are over. The real exception to that is American Idol which Tracey and I really enjoy seeing live and together.
But otherwise, My TV is just a screen for Downloaded and streamed movies and TV shows (on our schedule not theirs) all the PC STUFF we do on the Beemaster 47inch Jumbo-tron :) and if you aren't using your HDTV (if you have one) for web-surfing, my gosh - get with the program, get those computers out of the KIDS ROOMS first of all and into the family room where everyone can sit around and use a single giant monitor for everything including Video Gaming, surfing while listening to any style streaming music, I even use it for all my downloaded AUDIOBOOKS - I'll put a nice slideshow on and have it going while the audiobook is playing.
So conventional TV is a thing of the past here. I hosestly don't want to do a week without the TV (unless you think of TV as the old-school channel-surfing monstor that landlocked you into their nightmarish time slots. When it is a machine that works 100% on your schedule, doing all the things YOU want to do that far exceed basic TV watching, it has morphed or evolved into something completely different.
a great example, I'll be listening to 5 or 6 people in Ventrilo Voice Chat here from the forum live, while looking at as many as have cams live in different windows on the screen - all the while have a poker table or other video games going in their own windows, all at the same time and NONE interfere with the others. That is remarkable stuff we have available today and it AIN'T our parents TV, unless of course you are about 14 - lol.
Could I totally Detox from the whole experience I have created, the monster I call the Entertainment Center of our home, I'm sure I can and generally speaking I think it wouldn't be tough IF I kept myself busy doing other things. I mentioned the option of hunting radio stations, which beats collecting state license plates on a long road-trip.
I think the concept is great for kids (minus the whole homework access to the Internet - oh what students we all could have been of the Net had existed back in the day!
Butlook at the society we live in, there is a terminal everywhere - my library system (and proudfully I state the honors New Jersey Library Branches) has received year after year - with over 30 thousand AUDIOBOOKS alone available online through them, I will never run out of material to listen too - and I aim for 100 novels a year and always come close or surpass that number. If it weren't for audiobooks, working a rotating shift work, I'd never get those kinds of books read - but my wife and I both choose to fill all our down time (she while driving to and from work about 35 minutes each way) and I listen to 80 to 100 pages EACH NIGHT while making rounds at work or about 6 hours a day when doing maintenence (I have a very understanding boss in a high noice level enviroment) I use noice cancelling headphones and he appriciates I protect my ears and doe not mind that I fill hours of reptitive work each day with page upon page of professionally read novels.
For those never trying audiobooks, I have to explain because you easily may misconceive what they are. All audiobooks are read by professionals, they use different voices, background sound effects when needed, they literally act out the parts with many voices and eliminate the he said and she said stuff you read in books, because in their acting and stage performance like acting/reading there is NEVER a doubt who is talking in the story. They are exciting (now mind you, I speak of fictional books and generally NOT those read by the Author - Stephen King is a horrible reader, but chooses to read most of his own books.
If I suggest anything, it will always be a author LEE CHILD's series read by DICK HILL starring the main character JACK REICHER. If you listen to any of his books, you will love the character, the reader and the flowing and exciting style of Lee Child.
So... Yeah, I could do a week without ALL THE GADGETRY of my HDTV and all the accessories I have connected, and use my simple ZIPPO sized MP3 which stores about 15 audiobooks at a time and whether using the expensive noise reduction headphones or the bicycle style headsets used to fit around a helmet bought at the dollar store - give me audiobooks and I could give it all else away for that week.
I think though that KIDS are a totally different story. Parents let them have their own PC in their bedroom and then have no part in the kids online time - that is wrong. I think for younger kids that parents should make their tech savvy kids aware that the parents know of history files, also browsers today are very parent friendly, some even email a parent if kids try going to places blocked by the browser rating system. I'd rather raise a kid with responcibility, letting them know that if they screw up - they'll be caught, rather than trying to snag the kid doing something you wouldn't want them to do - or even worse, letting them surf unattended at all.
a debate came up here a while ago, few of you heard anything about it - but it was related to a few posts where the material wasn't exactly child friendly, although I place warnings on it - I was told that it more than likely raise children's interesting in seeing the post. I try to look at the forum in 2 distinct ways, similar to how a doctor prescribes medication: all meds have drawbacks, contraditions and side effects, all do. The doctor reads the possible harm and weighs it toward the good the medication can do and IF the end result is that the medication does more good than harm, they subscribe it.
In the forum, as family friendly as we always try to be, there are times when a post or video is allowed with some off-color language (videos - especially from sites like Youtube, we can't bleep words from, best we can do is warn that some language may be unsuitable for your children to see alone) it is then the parents job to determine if the child can watch the video or not - foremost, parents must be parents, it is not the job of any forum, the best we can do is warn you if something may be offensive. In the case of this video, there were a few dirty words said, nothing that will scar a child for life, likely stuff they say or hear on a school bus every day!
But in the case of this video, like a doctor writing a script, I weighed the good and bad and believed then and now that the content was acceptable concidaring the educational and entertainment value of the clip.
We work hard to ALWAYS do the right thing, I like to think our forum is ALWAYS safe for your kids to read and post - but that is always in the assumption that you are active in your kids lives and not allowing them to lock themselves into their rooms for days on end, where... I promise Beemaster Forums does less harm that any site they may be looking at!
Sorry about that whole last part, just venting a bit. But whether the Internet or Television, it is NOT a baby sitter and some people who like to complain seem to think a child's upbringing is left to a TV station or Website, it is that kind of thinking that frightens me, I'm not a babysitter, nor any of the mods or the members - we do though ALL try to live by a higher standard, it is a gift to the next generation and dispite maybe NOT being perfect in some people's eyes, it is something I take pride in with each and every one of you.