What I do on the internet is go somewhere without leaving. I’m still at home, but I’m gone. I’m in Tumblr land being a smartass. I’m in torrent land stealing music and movies or whole seasons of commercial free television. In June of 2008, I eliminated television as a source of entertainment and it was a good decision. This makes the internet the only source of plugged-in entertainment in my life. It’s a good thing, too, because you can find ANYTHING on the internet. Shit porn? Check. Comedy, acquaintances, and slo-mo sex with farm animals? Check. Passionate pointless political discussion? Check. Nude midgets covered in olive oil and rolling around in spaghetti sauce? Probably (remind me to google later).
Since the internet provides everything television provides and more, television is irrelevant. It’s the horse-drawn carriage of entertainment.
The internet is active, television is passive. You hunt and seek on the net, while on television you are provided a list of channels with a list of programs. I remember the day I got rid of tv. It was June 10, 2008. I was sitting on my couch flipping through the channels. There was nothing, absolutely nothing I really wanted to watch. I had like 140 channels too—140 channels of pure shit.
Then it hit me: “I’m fucking PAYING for this?”
Not anymore, mister. I may be an American, but I don’t HAVE to be dumb as a fucking rock, too.
I would rather “do” on the “internet” than “look” at the “tv”.