"I don't watch TV!" I arrogantly claim when my students ask if I've seen the latest whatever or when they ask what channel news I watch. As if! As if I'd sit around and watch some local reporter tell me about all of the depressing things that have happened locally that day and get a bunch of meaningless headlines that are made to get my blood pressure up but have zero researched or useful information behind them. I recently even stopped my Time Magazine subscription because, frankly, I don't care for it anymore. My Google Reader kicks your magazine's butt any day!
People talk of American Idol and some funny TV show that is now on Wednesday nights and I can't contribute to the conversation. They reference Saturday Night Live skits and make fun of artists who sing about days of the week. They speak of basketball tournaments, baseball seasons, and Superbowl commercials. Really, though, I don't watch TV.
I used to turn on the Food Channel or HGTV when I got a weekend moment to myself, but then our perks at the cable company wore out and now we get basic cable, which kind of comes with our internet or maybe we pay $5 for it. This is for the better, though. The Food Channel just makes me hungry and HGTV just makes me want to buy a house. When the cheapest house in my neighborhood runs about half a million dollars, it's simply unhealthy to dream of owning. Plus, when the hell did Bravo turn into the housewives of ______ channel?
I do, however, watch instant streaming Netflix whenever the mood strikes me. I'm pretty sure this appears in that book, Things White People Like. I'm white, and I don't watch live TV, but I'll watch movies and old TV shows on Netflix. My Netflix runs through the PS3 and appears on my TV, so it's LIKE I watch TV.
Here's the difference. You go home and say, "Yay! It's Thursday! Grey's is on!!!!" You sit through annoying commercials and are left hanging at the end of an episode. Why not wait a few years, then go back and watch it on Netflix commercial-free and you can seamlessly go from one episode to the next as your heart desires. You can watch Grey's on a Monday! Or a Saturday!!! Imagine the possibilities!
I'm currently on Season 2 of Lost. This came out in 2005 and it is hard to believe I waited this long to get sucked in. What an amazing show thus far! If you've never given it a try, Netflix streaming has all(?) seasons right now. Be careful, set rules, it is addictive!
Of course books are a nice alternative to TV as well. I fall asleep to one every night and have recently phased out the reading of textbooks before bed. REAL books it is!