Turn off the TV...

(Tim) In the middle of a list of ten ways to save money during these difficult times, Money magazine recommends, "Turn off the TV." Here's their rationale:

Television viewership is up in this down economy, which isn't all that surprising. TV is, after all, a cheap form of escapism. But before you tune in to tune out the realities of recession, remember that prime-time TV is full of pretty people and even prettier things. All this glamour affects how you think about your position in the world.

According to Boston College sociologist Juliet Schor, "Television viewing results in an upscaling of desire. And that in turn leads people to buy." Her study found that every additional hour of TV viewing per week boosts spending by roughly $200 a year. So a handful of sitcoms and a reality series or two can cost you more than a grand a year...
Forget keeping up with the Joneses; now people are struggling to keep up with the Kardashians.

If you can't bring yourself to give up TV entirely, at least stop watching shows centered on the lifestyles of the fictionally the rich. Try COPS or The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer. No one ever looked at the PBS anchor and said, "I've got to get a blazer like that!"

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Or Sci-Fi. You can want a spaceship all you want...ain't no chance of blowing your savings on one!

P.S. How many holiness points to I get for not knowing who the Kardashians are? ;-)

Valerie,

I know who the Kardashians are. They were the evil race on Star Trek Deep Space 9 - sort of the Klingon equivalent.

snicker,

Kamilla

Ah...I *thought* they sounded familiar!

>No one ever looked at the PBS anchor and said, "I've got to get a blazer like that!"

I'll bet Mick has.

Kamilla,

It's the Cardassians. And the Klingon's are good guys, btw. (they are by that time at least, but weren't always). Call me nerdy, but I love Star Trek stuff! :-)

Jody,

I burst out laughing when I read that! Good one!

Yup...K meant that the Cardassians:STDS9 as Klingons:STTOS. ;-)

Your fellow nerd....

Chantal,

Yeah, I know, I was kidding.

K

Cantal, it was probably the Tribles that turned the Klingons from their evil ways, and softened their hearts. I was so surprized when Star Trek resurfaced in the eighties (nineties?) and Klingons were friends.

Remember that SNL with William Shatner?

I don't think I ever dreamed of having a galaxy class starship of my very own but the Vulcan neck pinch would be pretty cool.

-Clint

Personally, the Ferengi were my favorites, especially when matched up against he socialist "utopia" of the Federation. The Federation does not even have money - a Communist's dream come true. Go capitalism!

:-)

Of course, in the real world, Communism leads to poverty.

Tim,

Did you suspect that a throw-away reference to Kardashians (or, apparently, Cardassians) would lead to your post being hijacked by Trekkies?

Apparently, the no-TV point was missed. =)

Doug--no, but I was foolish. Any idiot should have known.

Exactly. Any *idiot* would have known...which just proves you're not an idiot!

;-)

I must apologize for my part in the hijacking non-plot. I will confess that a long, long practice of watching too much tv was started very young when my family became the first in the neighborhood to purchase a color television (we were not wealthy, the source of our bounty in this regard is another story). However, in my defense, I did give up television for Lent this year and that really did help break the habit.

Nevertheless, I am ready to do penance ;-)

Kamilla

Or you could hijack the thread again with an Opera theme: The Pirates of Penance.

More on-point, so many of the advertisements are laughable. If you buy this product, you will look like this, or have cool people hang out with you, or you'll be happy, etc. etc. etc.

Billions are spent on marketing, so the commercials obviously work. But once you strip away the flash and examine them critically, the commercials are more to be mocked and ridiculed than used as an excuse to by the product they are selling.

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