Boot the box! What's so "radical" about NOT letting hours of trashy ads into your living room?? TV is a parade of jeering ugliness. 88 channels and nothing worth watching.
There is a lot of junk on t.v. today, but I usually gravitate to the old shows on cable. I like some of the educational channels as well.
Who didn't laugh watching Carol Burnett walk down the stairs wearing a curtain (Scarlett O'Hara spoof), or cry when they said Henry was killed on his way home in MASH? Learning numbers and letters on Sesame Street thanks to the Muppets?
I oohed and aahed over William and Kate's wedding. It's not all bad.
The same way my grandmother did. You stack some Vic Damone and Robert Goulet LP's on the hi-fi - and iron (while humming along with a dreamy look on your face).
TV is like Doritos - I don't buy them because I'd eat the whole bag and feel disgusted with myself. Likewise, I won't own a TV because it would turn me into a carrion-feeder devouring awful "true crime" shows and reality garbage like "Dog the Bounty Hunter". Who needs that?
My kids don't miss it and neither do I. But tell someone you don't have a TV and they try to give you one of theirs. They actually feel sorry for you. Not watching TV has caused some awkward moments when people around me are discussing some show and I have no clue what they're talking about. If I say I never watched the show because I haven't watched TV since the 1970's, they look at me like I just confessed to being powerless over some awful vice. They think it's just "not right" to refuse to watch it. Oh well. Why line up to be mistreated and abused. Dogs hate TV too because they think it smells terrible.