We have a no TV house. Except when my husband apparently NEEDS to watch the rugby. The reaction I get from people when I tell them that we don't watch TV is nearly always the same. They say....
"What do you do?"
"How do you keep up with the news?"
The first question I don't mind responding to - "We actually talk to each other" I say to which most people nod their heads, understanding that watching TV together isn't actually spending time together.
The second question just plain annoys me. (are you ready for my rant...) This question almost always comes from the people who have just told me about the latest con artist they saw on A Current Affair or Today Tonight. Or about Paris Hilton's new love.
This is the moment where I find it hard not to say....
"The commercial news that you find so important and interesting is not objective and is programmed to fulfill someone else's agenda.
Why don't you independently research the areas of the news that you are interested in and create an opinion for yourself.
It absolutely does not matter to my life what the latest celebrity is doing or whether there is a neighbourhood dispute in the suburbs of Perth.
What is wrong with this society is people being told what to think by bias news broadcasts and current affairs shows instead of looking at all the angles of a piece of news and coming up with informed opinions for themselves."
Instead I say "Oh we listen to Radio National or Podcast."
Scaredy Cat aren't I......