I don’t want my MTV (Day 18)…

abandoned tv

Like the microwave post, this could be considered a bit of a cheat, but I’ll leave it up to you, green readers, to decide: I cancelled my cable at the end of February, before I started this blog, but the cable didn’t cancel me until today, so it’s only as of now that I’m officially without my beloved Amazing Race All-Stars, Barefoot Contessa and … well … that’s pretty much all I was watching, hence the decision to not pay $50/month for it anymore.

I have to say, when I turned it on this morning to check the news/weather and was confronted by a blaring white noise and rather aggressive fuzziness, my chest tightened, my heart palpitated and the pop-culture devil on my shoulder whispered, “You better refill that Ativan prescription.”

But then I remembered: the news was in the paper I just read, the weather was right there on my balcony. And when it comes to prime time, I’ll console myself with the fact that Rob and Amber just got kicked off the Amazing Race and that Ina Garten has a website. Also, I’ve heard about these things called books — maybe I’ll dust off the one that’s been sitting on my bedside table for the past few months and try … what do you call it again? … oh yeah, reading!

Photo courtesy of electro_quiche on Flickr

10 Responses to I don’t want my MTV (Day 18)…

  1. Lori V. says:

    Vanessa, I’m proud of you. I must say, though, perhaps wrongly (and I’m sure someone out there will correct me), I don’t feel so guilty about my electric choices since switching my provider to 100% renewable energy. If I’m not burning fossil fuels to get it, by golly, I’m not going to give it up just to try to prove a point, KWIM? I’ll keep you updated on TAM-All-Stars, if you’d like!

  2. Molly says:

    Not to encourage anyone to watch more TV, but is there no broadcast TV where you live? Or was canceling cable your way of saying no more TV?

  3. gettinggreen says:

    Yeah, I unfortunately can’t switch my electricity provider because I live in a condo; however, we are having a meeting to try and see what we can do to greenify our building. I could probably get a pair of rabbit ears and pick up a few channels, but then that still requires using electricity to watch TV. Obviously it’s not TONS of electricity, but still. Better to stick to books and movies, I think!

  4. Lori V. says:

    Poor Vanessa; it stinks that you can’t change your electric provider! Good luck on the condo meeting, and like I said, I’ll keep you up-to-date on TAM… coming on in 10 minutes!

  5. river2sea72 says:

    I’ve always wondered what good could be done if everyone would cancel their cable and:
    1. Donate the money they save to an environmental (or other) org of their choice.
    2. Donate the time extra time they now have on their hands to volunteer for an environmental (or other) org.

  6. Emma says:

    welcome to my world! I still sit and gaze at my cable-less tv set every now and then. it’s hard. we just need to rent all the dvd’s of our shows and watch them together! (well…for you amazing race….for me the girls next door!!) considering that green test I did said I was pretty much single handedly destroying the earth, I’d say giving up tv is a BIG step!

  7. Susan Bowers says:

    I am just catching up here, so please forgive the delayed response. I got rid of cable years ago for several reasons: one was an interesting show on CBC radio about the benefits of watching DVDs (shows and such) instead of broadcast tv, which was that you have a little more ownership/control over what you watch. The second was, the stuff on tv was really a lot of CRAP. I had had enough of the “reality” shows which seemed to be taking over. With a little bit of research and word of mouth, we end up watching only things that are worthy to us as a family, avoiding the temptation of other stuff that is sub-standard. So watching Six Feet Under and Battlestar Gallactica that is years old is just new to us– you do have to develop a way to avoid spoilers in the media! Another benefit is that the kids’ viewing is under our control and not interrupted by branding ads or peer pressure (Hannah who?). Then there is the financial savings. Now granted we do rent more, but we support the local smalltown video place (go Classic Video!) which has superior content compared to Blockbuster or Jumbo. Did I mention that we are not tied to tv schedules but by watching DVDs we can choose our own viewing times? There are just so many benefits to dumping cable… try it!

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