The Watchtower used to warn us about watching too much television. How do you feel about it?
Personally I am glad that in the UK we have the BBC channels without any advertising. I can't seem to watch channels with advertising on for very long - it almost starts to annoy me and I switch it off.
But is that a good thing? Does having good programming that people are addicted to watching do anything for the productivity of the country? (or for that matter some of the crap people will watch anyway) Or is TV a great passifier that keeps kids off the streets and people busy doing nothing? (When I went on holiday to The Dominican Republic, the tour guide told us the average age there is 16 because everyone is having children - he then added that they don't have TVs over there)
What about the effect on society? Is everyone being homogenised into the same cultural mold dictated by corporate thinking, and desencitised to violence and disasters which in reality don't occur in everyday life?