LIKE THE DEVIL
technique (mine). (You must be alone to use this
technique, or you will drive others around you crazy). If
you are seriously watching TV, and not also online, as I
usually am, tell yourself forcefully, NO COMMERCIALS. The
remote control must be in your hand, or within inches.
As soon as
any commercial whatsoever comes on, immediately advance to
the next channel
in your sequence, whether it is sequential, or your own
selected list menu. This technique is clearly for
hunter-males, and not for nesting-females, per Seinfeld's
This technique has several advantages -
1. You never have to listen to a commercial, saving
16 minutes per hour for other info
2. You never get bored - you must be attentive.
3. You broaden your horizons, and are not as
ill-informed as previously.
4. You will get exposed to things you would not
5. You are far less likely to enter an hypnotic
Don't be a
cowering, submissive zombie.
Do the opposite of what you are
ALWAYS change the channel, when told not to change
the channel -
"Do not change the channel." (HLN)
"Don't go anywhere." (Vinnie Politan)
"Don't go away." (Vinnie Politan)
"Don't touch that remote."
"Don't turn the channel." (HLN)
"Hang in." (Jane Velez-Mitchell)
"Keep it here."
"More after this." (Dr. Drew)
"More on the other side." (Jane Velez-Mitchell)
"Stay right here." (Vinnie Politan)
"Stay with us." (Dr. Drew)
"We'll be right back."
"We'll have more, on the other side of the break." (HLN,
"You need to stay with us." (Dr. Drew)
"We'll show (what you have been waiting for), right after
"I would put a value on that of ..." (commercial) (American
Pickers - super manipulative; I won't watch at all, now.
They drove me away forever.)
Or, if you can't hack this technique, try -
Just give up
watching TV channels that show commercials.
Go to Turner
and tune in to Robert Osborn. No commercials, except short
ones for even better movies coming up soon. Drift back into
time, and see how others lived 50 to 80 years ago - and how
the movies reflected the times. Great stuff. The way they
sucked up those cigarettes. Unbelievable!
My feelings? Old is best, the older, the better.
From 1915, The
Birth of a Nation
is not to be missed.
Anything from the 1920's trumps everything else. The 1923
Abel Gance silent movie "La
(The Wheel) is not to be missed.
Here is my summary of old
The 1930's had just awesome films (Gone With the Wind, The
Wizard of Oz).
The 1940's had good films, as well (Casablanca, Citizen
Kane, It's A Wonderful Life)
From the 1950's onward, it could go either way. But ALL the
old stuff is great, if not just for historical reference and
comparison, and a chance to vividly visit the past.
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