Tragedy and TV

Not long after we moved to Sweden neighbouring Norway was rocked by the mass murder of 77 people, most of them teenagers. Scandinavia is an open, generally peaceful and tolerant place and no one expects those things to happen here and certainly not by one of the natives. It was and is shocking but the response has been to hope for more dialogue. However, for me it’s been an interesting reflection of the impact such events have when you’re not surrounded by 24-7 media. We don’t have a TV here…

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What could I accomplish if I didn't watch TV?

As you know we don’t have a TV and it seems I’m in good company, neither does John Piper and he has some barnstorming reasons. Here’s one of his ‘milder’ (ahem) explanations: “It is not necessary for relevance. And it is a deadly place to rest the mind. Its pervasive banality, sexual innuendo, and God-ignoring values have no ennobling effects on the preacher’s soul. It kills the spirit. It drives God away. It quenches prayer. It blanks out the Bible. It cheapens the soul. It destroys spiritual power. It defiles…

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Life without the X-Factor (or a TV)

So a year ago we began an experiment in our home and we got rid of the TV. Actually to start with we only put it in the garage but after a month the experiment became permanent. We had lots of good reasons for doing so and seven months in as the World Cup was on I didn’t regret it. But now it’s been a whole year and it’s a chance to reflect on life without a TV. What have we gained and what, if anything, have we lost? It’s…

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Why watching TV won't turn your baby into a genius

This article is interesting on the idea of TV in the lives and education of children. Slightly surprising that anyone was ever convinced that TV would help with anything other than distraction. There are a whole host of things in this article that’s worth thinking about not least the cultural values and expectations of the great middle class. We must remember that moral middle class values are not the same as Christian virtue. There were some interesting asides too such as, “The poorer the households, the more television is watched.…

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TV cripples us

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the television, in fact I’m glad to be rid of it. Here Mark Meynell reflects on the recent purchase of Channel 5 by Richard Desmond and gives this devastating quote from David Dark. “Yet as it is, television most often caters to our own worst instincts, driving us to base our identity in what we’re able to purchase, hijacking our hopes with the emptiest of slogans and scenarios, and wasting our sympathies on tales that are devastatingly shallow and sentimental.…

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Life without a TV (still)

I just read about my friend Mark’s decision to unplug the TV and Roald Dahl’s hatred of the box in this excellent poem and so I decided to put a few more thoughts down on life without a TV seven months on. So the World Cup has just finished and of the total 64 possible I watched just 3 (two England matches and the final). Four years ago I watched more than that live in the stadiums let alone on TV and you know what, I don’t think I’ve missed…

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Experiment Concluded

Back in the dim and distant past (December 2009) we began to experiment with life without a TV and gave my reasons why. The experiment is now officially over and it’s not good news for the television. I haven’t missed it. Hardly at all, we’ve watched some films on computers and a couple of progammes online, but most of the time just not thought about it (not even enough to blog about it).

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Why are we getting rid of the TV?

So the other day the TV went into the Garage for a month of solitary confinement. At the end of the month we will pronounce judgement on said box – it will be either returned to the Whittall family home or sent into permanent exile. The decision got a few comments on the blog and on Facebook. So why are we doing it? There are a lot of reasons: We’re not ditching all TV entertainment. We’ll watch DVD’s on computer and if we think about use online options to stream…

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