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Old 08-19-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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Has anyone here gone "off the grid" when it comes to mass media?

By this I mean not reading the newspapers or magazines (tuning out politics and "the news"), dropping cable or dish and, in fact, not owning a TV or DVD player, not listening to radio,seeing very few if any movies.

Basically tuning out pop culture..news/politics, entertainment like Cable TV, pop music, movies, sports....

I've done this up to a point (still listen---sometimes--- to radio and old CDs---but have tuned out much of the news and pop culture), but was wondering if anyone else has went off-the-grid, so to speak (not sure if this is even the apprporiate forum for this)???
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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I do it to some degree as well, but find it hard to completely block it out. I cut out cable a few years back so I can easily block out what passes for news these days. Friends will say, "you haven't heard about that??" And it's invariably something of little importance that even they will have forgotten in a week. These "news stories" will come up in conversation so I'm exposed whether I want to be or not. That's okay. If something truly important happens, I'll hear about it. However I don't need to wallow in it 24/7 like too many folks do.

Movies? I really enjoy all kinds of film genres and don't limit myself there. I get my money's worth from Netflix and other sources.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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However I don't need to wallow in it 24/7 like too many folks do.
I do.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I've been thinking about doing this for a while. To the extent possible, I'd like to cut out the round-the-clock access for my family. It serves absolutely no worthwhile purpose.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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I do it to some degree as well, but find it hard to completely block it out.
Yeah, that 'distant echo' effect, when you hear people talking about some hot new TV show or some news item (for awhile what happened on 'Survivor" and "Lost" were good watercooler topics) or pop music star.

For the news, I find it pretty easy to tune out the news, but still glance at headlines in the news stand.

The thing with music is I have really lost touch with rock. I used to be a big indie rock fan but have no idea what's happening in that corner of pop culture.

My main exposure to pop music was at the pool this summer. The guard had the pool radio tuned to a more dance/urban (?) format, so I got to hear stuff like "Up All Night to Get Lucky" (very 70s-esque opening riff on that one) and some bombastic tune about being "radioactive"....

Made me wonder if these tunes really were hits, or just stuff on that stations playlist. Do they even have things like top 40 or #1 records or stuff like that?
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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The thing with music is I have really lost touch with rock.
That's because there isn't any anymore.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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Basically tuning out pop culture..news/politics, entertainment like Cable TV, pop music, movies, sports....
I think in particular the highest paid TV actresses are almost invisible to most men. These earnings are total earnings (not just TV salary). Most men know these names, but for many men they are almost invisible.

May 2011 and May 2012.
Sophia Vergara $19m
Kim Kardashian, $18m
Eva Longoria $15m
Khloe Kardashian Odom $12m
Bethenny Frankel $11m
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I have to an extent, but it's impossible to tune it out completely while still using the internet and being around people in daily life. I haven't watched television in about seven years and when my coworkers discuss shows I rarely know what they're talking about. My family never have cable or satellite TV, and once I was living on my own I never had any interest in it, even when I still had a television. I'm not interested in many newer movies or books, although I still hear about certain ones regularly enough. I do watch movies and listen to some music on my computer, though. Most of that is older stuff.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:24 PM
 
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Has anyone here gone "off the grid" when it comes to mass media?

By this I mean not reading the newspapers or magazines (tuning out politics and "the news"), dropping cable or dish and, in fact, not owning a TV or DVD player, not listening to radio,seeing very few if any movies.

Basically tuning out pop culture..news/politics, entertainment like Cable TV, pop music, movies, sports....
hmmmmm.....is this anyway to run a democracy around here??????..............;-)......
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:36 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Has anyone here gone "off the grid" when it comes to mass media?

By this I mean not reading the newspapers or magazines (tuning out politics and "the news"), dropping cable or dish and, in fact, not owning a TV or DVD player, not listening to radio,seeing very few if any movies.

Basically tuning out pop culture..news/politics, entertainment like Cable TV, pop music, movies, sports....

I've done this up to a point (still listen---sometimes--- to radio and old CDs---but have tuned out much of the news and pop culture), but was wondering if anyone else has went off-the-grid, so to speak (not sure if this is even the apprporiate forum for this)???
I have somewhat. I do not watch television at all and most of the radio I listen to is talk radio (mainly Dr. Laura). I don't watch movies nor do I have a DVD player.

I find that keeping up with news on the radio, newspapers and internet is very depressing. If I had not been aware of anything that had been reported in the news for the past two or three years it would not have made one single difference in my life. Therefore, I am seriously considering eschewing news in the future and just living my life without that negative, depressing influence.

As for music. I like smooth jazz and that is usually what I listen to. At out place of business we stream popular music as a service to our customers but frankly, it's poop and I would be much happier without it.

20yrsinBranson
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