Darren Barefoot mentioned he has broken his television habit. I have to admit, we don’t even own a television, and I have never owned one myself. Also I have never owned a car. Am I a complete minority, or is television as boring and uninteractive as I think it is? And are cars as bad for the earth as they appear to be? Anyway, I think it’s unfair for me to also claim that I have broken a habit that I don’t have. It would be like saying I quit smoking after trying it once.
All that being said, there are a few shows I actually like, but I don’t think I’d ever want cable. Such a broad selection of programming seems really odd to me – like subscribing to a music service and getting tons of music you don’t like, maybe 95% of it you think is garbage. And ads. Would it be cheaper because of the ads? Right, that’s called radio.
Despite how my tone might have sounded in that last paragraph, I think there is a lot of value in authoritative broadcasting – that is, to say, that someone with some semblance in taste or quality is in control of what gets aired. The only problems are that this is such a subjective notion to begin with, and that there are other objectives at play – such as pleasing the broadest demographic to capture those large advertising contracts, yadda yadda – I could go on. There are still gems on television and in radio.
The other reason to get a television is obviously gaming. I don’t have a lot of time for that.
What I really want to say is that I was considering cable for similar notions to Darren – specifically, hockey. Well, it was pretty clear this year that the Canucks didn’t warrant their own television in my living room and $32.95 a month for the service to watch (some) of their games. At this point, on-demand hockey is only partially available online. If they’re doing good, I’ll see you at the pub.
Another item of interest from Darren’s post was television on the spirit class BC Ferries. The first time I saw these TV’s I was thinking that it is completely ridiculous to have televisions on the ferries when there is so much to look at all around you – the scenery is amazing. I understand some people have children they want sedate or make hyperactive, so the televisions are there. Usually they’re tuned to a random channel – celebrity news or other garbage media. One time – in the “quiet” area – it was tuned to some subtitled news item on CBC about the sexual relationship between teachers and students.
I should mention that the “quiet” area is right beside the “noisy” area which the family stuff is. It’s actually somewhat quiet there believe it or not. Maybe even quiet enough to hear things rattle in the ceiling. Not a bad problem to have.
The idea that they have something called the Seawest Lounge where you can essentially purchase “quiet” is pretty telling of the way BC ferries is run. Does installing televisions and toys in the family area drive up demand for quiet, adult areas? I’d imagine so. They say you can look at newspapers and have unlimited coffee and muffins in the Lounge, but it’s ridiculous. As Darren pointed out, there is no WIFI in there. Headphones win over the Lounge every time.
What else do you find a bit odd about the ferry?