For quite a while I had been uneasy with the huge amount of TV I was watching (no more than the American average, which of course is quite a bit). And, for quite a while I had been meaning to read “Bowling Alone”.
Finally, I managed to slog my way through the book. “Bowling Alone” is filled with fascinating ideas, but the writing is pretty dry. At that point I didn’t stop watching TV, but I did come to the decision that I wanted to radically cut back.
I excitedly told my hubby about my momentous decision and argued that he too should give up TV. Anyway, his response was basically “yes dear, good thinking, wonderful idea, you go ahead”. In other words, he wasn’t convinced.
Over the next year or two, I read a number of anti-TV books and described them, in detail, to my long-suffering husband. The upshot, is that he still watches TV, but very little, and a lot less than he used to.
So, if you want to learn more, or are just curious as to why anyone would be so crazy as to reject the wonderful invention that is TV, here is my list of excellent anti-TV books.
Note: of all the anti-TV books, by far my favorite is “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” by Neil Postman.
Anyone out there have a favorite anti-TV book you would recommend?
Click on image for list (Amazon Listmania):