Cable TV Update #2

by Lisa Rosen on March 9, 2011

Some of you may remember that we cancelled our cable back in October.  It’s been sort of a non-event.  I figured out how to stream stuff from Netflix (using a Roku box), using the television screen in our bedroom as a monitor.  Lee figured out how to watch the NBC evening news, also using the Roku.  Local news, though–I’ve really missed that.  It just doesn’t stream well, so I gave up on it months ago.  It was just a thing of the past, a dim memory of a thing I used to do, like riding my banana-seat bicycle to piano lessons, or running in the sprinklers.

But yesterday, Lee bought a television.

Woo-hoo!  Break out the confetti and streamers!  It’s a party!

Okay, true confession:  I really, really missed watching the news.

It’s just a television–still no cable–but it’s a new television, with an HD antenna.  Which means we now get the networks. I’m giddy like a schoolgirl.  We can watch the 6:30 news–at 6:30!  And local news–what a relief.  I didn’t realize till last night just how disconnected from my community I’ve been feeling.

I guess this is how our grandparents and great-grandparents felt when television came along–it brought us in from our front porches and sidewalks, isolating us indoors, away from our neighbors.  Now, the image of the nuclear family gathered in the living room, watching events unfold in real time–that’s the nostalgic image, the throwback.  Nowadays, we’re all in separate rooms, in front of our own little screens.  There’s community, of course (my kids live their entire lives on facebook), but to an old fogey like me, it’s just not the same.

Moral of the story:  innovation is great, but not if it makes me feel isolated.

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