As someone who worked in TV Sales for 24 years, it’s hard to imagine that I’ve gone in the complete opposite direction. What I came to realize was TV could quickly turn from programming for your entertainment to programming yourself with negativity, if you’re not careful. If you’re like me – and you know the negative vibes I speak of – it may be time to turn off the propaganda TV.
The average adult watches 2.8 hours of television per day, according to the American Time Use survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another study puts this number even higher, at 4 hours and 15 minutes each day. Whether you find yourself above or below the average, there are three things to remember when you’re turning on the television and tuning into the virtual world.
Spend as Little Time as Possible Absorbed in Negative Stories
Quite literally you get to choose your channel. The truth is everything you see, hear, and experience affects the way your outlook on life. If you look at almost any TV program, there is no redeeming message or positive energy. Negativity breeds negativity. And, who wants that?
We watch the drama unfold – terrible things happening and destructive arguments sparking. Change the channel and turn off propaganda TV. It’s that simple. You are king or queen of the remote – you rule your world. (Try it! Now, tell me that doesn’t feel good.)
Understand That It’s All Just Opinion
Programming is messaging. It’s an opinion, and it doesn’t have to be your opinion. Opinions are just someone else’s words. And, those words don’t have any power without you receiving them.
The power cable, literally and figuratively, is in your hands. Think about it – your spinal cord connects the signals to your brain just like your fiber-optic lines connect signals to your TV. You can take charge of what programming you watch, and it doesn’t even have to be television.
You hold the power cord, and you can unplug it. You can disconnect, unfollow, unsubscribe. If you don’t prescribe to the message, turn off propaganda TV. Feeling empowered? Good!
Use That Time to Do Something More Beneficial For Your Life
We live in a busyness epidemic. Notice that I said busy, not productive. From time to time, we all fall into this trap of chronic busyness. We brag about how busy we are and dis those we claim to be busy serving. We choose activities that distract us, rather than opportunities to connect us.
TV mesmerizes us. It turns us into intellectual spectators, rather than intellectual contributors. TV feeds inaction and apathy – not action and empathy. If you want to be intellectually turned on and spiritually tuned in (which I know you do!), then it’s time to turn off propaganda tv.
What happens when you do? If you turn off propaganda TV, I promise you will find time. Time is a finite resource. We only have a limited time to live our best life. Without TV, you will find time to deepen your relationships, enjoy your passions, or invest in yourself. You will find yourself and others in the process.
Yes, TV isn’t all bad. Everything can be good in moderation. Whatever you do, turn on and tune in to the world around you. It’s a pretty amazing thing when the life you create is better than the reality you were escaping.
LOVE IT!: I LOVE BEING IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE!
THANK IT!: I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE POSITIVE CHOICES I MAKE FOR MY WELL BEING!
BRING IT!: I HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE A LIFE FULL OF POSITIVE CHOICES!
“Propaganda is a monologue that is not looking for an answer, but an echo.” W.H. Auden
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