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Forum Post: The first revolutionary act that an American citizen can commit is to CANCEL HIS CABLE SUBSCRIPTION.

Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 9, 2011, 2:38 p.m. EST by TIOUAISE (2526)
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"Turn off the TV!" counsels the Dalai Lama to his American audiences, with a wide grin.

He knows how HYPNOTIZED and addicted tens of millions of us have become to the "boob tube".

Most of American TV is part of a mass experiment in COLLECTIVE CRETINIZATION, probably unparalleled in human history.

The first revolutionary act that an American citizen can commit is to cancel cable.

In addition to FREEING HIM PERSONALLY from the powerful Propaganda Machine of the 1%, it constitutes a form of PROTEST of the 99% against the same 1%, that will definitelyhurt the latter's bottom line.

Let's teach people to find their news - the REAL news - on the Internet and start a nation-wide CANCEL CABLE CAMPAIGN!



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[-] 2 points by Frizolio (80) 10 years ago

I totally agree. I did it 10 years ago. I only watch DVD movies on my TV. I have found after years of sorting news on the net some good sources. A Short Wave radio is also good.

[-] 1 points by qazxsw123 (238) 10 years ago

I got rid of it about 15 years ago... the airwaves belong to us, but we don't have a say on how they are used, so did/do without it and went back to local library for culture and entertainment. This way:

1) avoid Big Brother & Co. watching what I watch 2) don't pay twice (cable fee + time wasted for commercials) 3) having control of the propaganda

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 10 years ago

I agree. I got rid of it about 8 years ago after I read Ben. H. Bagdikian's The Media Monopoly.

[-] 1 points by libertarianincle (312) from Cleveland, OH 10 years ago

I canceled cable a year ago when I moved out after my wife and I separated, I don't miss it a bit.

[-] 3 points by screwtheman (122) 10 years ago

Your wife or the tv?

[-] 1 points by libertarianincle (312) from Cleveland, OH 10 years ago

Both :)

[-] 0 points by necropaulis (491) 10 years ago

Cable does suck. Satellite too. I got FiOS. Boobs hypnotize me sometimes, but I'm not addicted to 'em. On a serious note, yes we(most) need to stop watching the absolute SHIT on TV. There are a lot of good programs(History, Science, etc) that should be on mainstream, but it isn't. There is no revolution. Nobody will cancel their subscription who hasn't been thinking about it already, just like when Occupy blah blah blah went to Walmart and people still went inside anyway

[-] 0 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 10 years ago

Call me an incorrigible optimist, but I think people can change - just look at the change that's happening in so many countries today!

Many are saying that TV is on the way out anyway, because it simply cannot compete with the Internet in terms of choice.

So I say : Let's launch a nation-wide CANCEL CABLE CAMPAIGN! Let's create posters with beautiful people saying "I am now CABLE-FREE!" And even if only 10% of Americans responded, it would send a POWERFUL MESSAGE to Big Brother.