‘Improvements’ sent me online

I grew up in the early years of TV. As a kid it was a little bit of Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen, Perry Mason, and later Soupy Sales, then of course Gilligan’s Island, Twilight Zone and much later the original Star Trek series.

My dad used to say that nothing of any value was on TV. Later, some valuable material did transmit via the tube. But over the last decades this mistake was discovered and corrected.

Living in the trees, cable is not available, so for seven years or so I paid for satellite. Then the last year happened to the economy and I couldn’t afford it. Then to “improve” (??) our experience the media-ocracy took away analog, forcing all to pay them. My antenna, the last few months, got me about seven channels, two or three pretty well. Now I have none except the foreign language and competing religions, even with a converter. Thus I get all via YouTube and “video.google” searches. Now I cannot be told what to think, as they — whomever “they” are — have terminated their face time. Perhaps we’ll just have to start reading the Constitution, and works on ethics, the revolutionary heroes, etc., for entertainment. That’s probably best anyway, until it becomes illegal.

Tom Edwards


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