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Don’t want to experience cultural pressure? Destroy your TV, get off social medias July 8, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Virtue.
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When we went up to the farm, we of course had to stay in a couple of hotels.  That’s because sadly there is no structure left at the farm, all was torn down about 17 years ago.  Darnit.

We took the trip with my parents.  My parents watch a lot of TV.  The kids who went with us wanted to hang out with their grandma and grandpa so they went to their room one night.  My parents tried to be good and responsible so they turned it to some idiot movie about rescuing whales in the Arctic on ABC Family. The movie made me want to barf, but that wasn’t the bad part.  Oh my Lord, not at all.  It wasn’t even the product commercials.

No, it was the promos for other shows on ABC Family, THREE of which featured very young women kissing.  Not just kissing, full open mouth going at it.  And they looked like they were about 15.  So apparently ABC Family, owned by the (I have to say) demonic Disney, is now pumping out at least three programs targeted at families and especially teens basically propagandizing them and porning them into getting hot to trot about some same-sex perversion.

So all those came down in ONE commercial break.  After that I took the remote and started changing channels during the remaining breaks. Fortunately the movie only had about 45 minutes left so there were only about a dozen commercial periods left (I exaggerate, but not much).

Anyhoo, the whole sordid affair only reinforced for me why we essentially don’t have TV.  We do have rabbit ears and we watch really old shows about once a month, tops (it’s amazing how much nicer people used to dress even 20-25 years ago).  Other than that it’s DVDs and VHS.

There have been some good comments lately about the social pressure, shame storming, and general ostracism at work against believing Christians and protestants lately (I’m surprised no one’s said anything about that “Christians and protestants” thing, yet, but I think it very apropos, and a nice turn around on the protestant schtick of “Christians and Catholics”).  And  yes there are definitely ways to escape the storm if one falls victim to it. But overall, I’m increasingly of the mindset that, along with TV, social media is in general so disordered tending towards evil it should be avoided entirely.  Especially Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and similar sites (but not good blogs. Good blogs are teh awesomest!).

Yes they can be great tools.  Yes, a lot of people are on them, and there is thus potential to reach a lot of people.  But I’m really not seeing the cost-benefit equation making sense much longer for pious souls.  There is a lot more downside that upside.  One of the downsides is that, if you are anything like me, you probably have many scores of “Facebook friends” who are thoroughly lost to the culture, and they will put up all manner of material that is not good for your soul.  Another downside is falling victim to that shame storming Memories Pizza, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, and many others have already experienced. Yes, you can avoid the worst of it by ducking offline, but in what shape will your reputation stand afterwards?

There is a whole great big world out there.  If you’re off social media, sure, you will miss some things, even some very good things, but you’ll also have more time to get back into real life.  I think a lot of people – probably not many readers of this blog – are losing all perspective of what’s real and what’s important in this social media jungle.  They spend every possible second on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever, ignoring the person sitting 3 feet across from them. I saw that just the other night, a husband and parents had taken a very slovenly, didn’t GAS woman out to dinner, and she spent the entire time on her phone.  I don’t think she said three words to them, and it was her birthday.  That’s not healthy.  It sure ain’t holy.

So little that happens on Facebook, Twitter and all the rest is even worth the time it takes to read it.  I really don’t care what you made for dinner, or about what color shower mat you should buy.  All this activity (and blogging is certainly not free from this) causes more and more focus on the self.

And then there’s the impact these things have on kids.  Pulling the plug on cable was probably one of the best things we ever did for our kids.  They didn’t get to watch TV much, anyway, but now it’s down to nothing, or practically so.  And it has made such a huge difference in our kids!  They read all the time, they play outside like kids used to, they spend hours in our cheap above ground pool or running around our street, they are creative, they have skills and know things that most other kids their age couldn’t dream of (if I may brag).   So many kids today go around with their faces buried in their phones even while they are out with friends!  I just a week ago saw a gaggle of about 8 probably 10-11 year olds at a shopping center, and instead of goofing around and interacting, they all sat there with their phones in their faces!  A boy of about 13 admitted to me he had no idea how to  It becomes a compulsion tending towards addiction.

You’re smart folks, I have an argument and point of view, but you decide for  yourselves what to do.  I know a good number of readers have given up on TV already, and good for you.  It’s the best way to keep from being lured into really unholy, destructive ideologies being forced down people’s throats.  But think about social media.  Don’t expose yourself to all that garbage anymore than you have to, and I would only use it for a specific, good purpose.  Protect your mind.  Resist the state-media complex trying to indoctrinate you in their Orwellian/Huxleyian plans.

Sermon over.  Your penance is two decades of the Rosary, meditating on your duty to your family.  Now, make a good act of contrition and go and sin no more my son.

Comments

1. Baseballmom - July 8, 2015

Yes well…. I don’t do any social media but I cannot convince anyone to cut the cable…. From April throughOctober it is baseball every night….yes, I am addicted too…. Now I am going to shut off my IPad and pray my Rosary…🙂

H-town - July 9, 2015

You can ditch the cable and stream ESPN, ESPN2 on SlingTV for only $20/mo. Of course the downside is you won’t get your local games.

Baseballmom - July 10, 2015

Thank you! I am going to gently slowly offer that suggestion. Often they don’t care about the “local” game that we do get 😏

2. LaGallina - July 8, 2015

I turned off our TV about 15 years ago when my oldest was a wee tot. I had no interest in God or television’s lack of morality at the time, I just decided that it was a huge waste of time and I wanted my son to grow up playing outside and learning how to DO stuff.

Best. Decision. Ever.

As the years have passed I have never, ever regretted this decision. The longer you go without television, the more shocked you are by it when it happens to be on somewhere. (Tantum, did those ABC promos REALLY show young women making out with other females??!! Oh dear Jesus, help us!)

My children really don’t care about TV. They are always busy reading, riding bikes, fishing, building stuff, playing sports and music. My husband manages to find his soccer games on the Internet. Ditching the television really brought peace and unity into our home. (Not that the children never fight, mind you.) But I am so content with my TV-free housewife life that I wouldn’t trade it for anything. (It’s easier to be content when not constantly comparing oneself to the fake, perfect people on TV.)

I am grateful for your reminder about Facebook. I have been tempted to sign up recently for business purposes, but I have been afraid of being sucked into it, and of being exposed to all those disasters just waiting to rob one’s soul! Life truly is richer without an addiction to television and social media.

Now if I could only deal with my addiction to a certain Catholic blog…🙂 Just kidding. In these crazy days it does help to have other like-minded Catholics out there and to be encouraged by them.

Tantumblogo - July 9, 2015

Oh yes they absolutely did. It wasn’t no peck, either, it was going. at. it.

3. Brian Springer - July 8, 2015

Despicable.

I don’t watch a great deal of TV myself, but I do have a few shows (or one at the moment) I follow, and even that show unfortunately isn’t perfect (it’s a kid’s cartoon and has the occasional innuendo).

So for those who gave up their TV. I salute you. Maybe after my show finishes I’ll do the same.

camper - July 10, 2015

Not despicable. Abominable.

4. Brian - July 9, 2015

I believe Orwell’s book 1984 is prophetic. We live in his world. We think what we are told to think, by screens that never shut up no matter where you go and which always gives the same point of view regardless of channel, (yes even Fox the big charlatan joke). We are personally connected by these ubiquitous droning channels of the Media to the brains (unseen) who thus direct the thoughts, dreams, desires and morality of the Collective.

The media informs us we are free, so we think that it is so. But it is NOT so.

I think it is imperative for faithful Catholcs to get rid of all media, (except for access to this blog). CHUCK the box out the window and scoop the pieces into a garbage bag. You will feel better when you do.

I hope you will forgive my inclusion of a link to the Apple 1984 commercial that introduced the Macintosh computer, (ironic in that Apple is in the vanguard of social media product).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=axSnW-ygU5g

5. reader - July 9, 2015

There are different gifts but the same Spirit. I don’t watch much tv myself. However, speaking of praying, if you do engage in certain media including news outlets, it can be a stimulus for prayer — for oneself, for the persons in and creating the media, for those watching and affected by it, etc. Yes, you could do this without watching, but sometimes if we tune out too much, we lose track of what is actually going on and perhaps let our guard down, relax and think everything is okay when it’s not, since perhaps in our own little world it may be significantly better than it is in “the world.” To each their own.

6. catholicguy - July 9, 2015

I noticed the “Christians and protestants” phrase and thought it clever. They’ve intentionally stepped away from the proper term protestant and adopted the generic Christian… relegating Catholic to some strange, foreign, old dying concept that the “enlightened” modern world has overcome.
I’ll be adopting that phrase if you don’t mind.

Margaret Costello - July 9, 2015

Ditto. I noticed the phrase “Christians and protestants” and was THRILLED! Finally we are speaking in pure truths:+) Here is a great article on why Protestants are NOT Christians that helped me understand things better:+)

http://www.traditioninaction.org/religious/m013rpProtestantsChristians.html

Thank you for adhering to this truth! God bless~

7. Ever mindful - July 9, 2015

That is excellent

8. lurker - July 9, 2015

The majority of TV shows are not produced meerly for profit motive or to provide information but rather for the purpose of social engineering and opinion shaping of the public. This desire of society “elites” to manipulate public opinion has been in place for at least 100 years in the USA.

THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.
They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons—a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million—who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.
It is not usually realized how necessary these invisible governors are to the orderly functioning of our group life. In theory, every citizen may vote for whom he pleases. Our Constitution does not envisage political parties as part of the mechanism of government, and its framers seem not to have pictured to themselves the existence in our national politics of anything like the modern political machine. But the American voters soon found that without organization and direction their individual votes, cast, perhaps, for dozens or hundreds of candidates, would produce nothing but confusion. Invisible government, in the shape of rudimentary political parties, arose almost overnight. Ever since then we have agreed, for the sake of simplicity and practicality, that party machines should narrow down the field of choice to two candidates, or at most three or four.


-Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) [emphasis added]

NB: this book is available free in various locations on the internet. Although it’s almost 100 years old it gives insight into the mindset of of the social engineers / opinion shapers of our society. The techniques have been refined quite a bit over the past century but the same elitist attitude of controlling the ignorant masses is expressed by modern figures such as Cass Sunstein in his book Nudge

TV, social media and the like are a simulacrum of real life designed by people who do not have your best interest in mind. Yes they can be useful tools at times but I view them as quite pernicious influences, especially on children.

There’s a reason they call TV shows “programming”

9. Melanie - July 9, 2015

I pray the rosary daily for purity in our home and for my husband to be on board with cutting the cable. Mind you, we are very strict about what our children watch (if they watch it at all), but I would be much more at peace if it were gone altogether. Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

Judy - July 9, 2015

It took some time to convince my husband to get rid of television altogether. He thought he would miss televised sports. He doesn’t miss it at all. It has been a few years since we made the change. Now when we see television somewhere (they seem to be in a lot of waiting rooms), it is so incredibly annoying. Now he is very grateful that our kids aren’t being exposed to the trash. Even if you choose shows carefully, you don’t have much control over the commercials they run. It’s pretty hard to get to the remote control for each and every commercial break.

Tantumblogo - July 9, 2015

I agree. I do miss college football some, even though it’s been years now. We’re so busy I really didn’t have time to watch much, anyway, but I did used to like to watch college football. Now I maybe catch a bit of some games 3 or 4 Saturdays in a fall.

Do you find TV jarring after you’ve been away for a while? I sure do, it is sensory overload.

H-town - July 9, 2015

I ditched the cable and signed up for SlingTV in order to still get occasional games. It’s only $20/mo, but the sports channels are limited to ESPN, ESPN2 and TBS. No Longhorn Channel though, which isn’t very good anyway.

c matt - July 10, 2015

Do you know if you can get BeIN Sport over the internet? If I could get that, I would dump the TV. Between NetFlix and BeINSport I don’t think I would need anything else.

Melanie - July 9, 2015

Agreed. Commercials are horrendous. While my husband records all of the kid’s shows and they are able to fast forward through any commercials, I still don’t like it. And I hate the idea of giving money to cable providers to pump the filth into my home. I am trying to convince my husband that we could save the money for a family vacation. I know the sports are the hardest for him.

However my husband did mention that he is trying to condition himself to listen to sports on the radio vs the television. This could be a sign of things to come!

10. TG - July 9, 2015

I watch some old shows on MeTV and some EWTN shows. I need the TV to exercise on my elliptical. I watch old shows or movies on DVD’s while I exercise. I agree about the most of the shows being filth. I watched AD on NBC this summer. You’re right about the commercials about the shows. (By the way AD was horrible. It was supposed to be based on the Acts of the Apostles. It was more like the Acts of the Romans and Jews. I’m not watching anything that Mark and Roma whatever their last names are produce anymore.)

Tantumblogo - July 9, 2015

Oh understand I’m arguing a point. You don’t have to justify yourself (not speaking to you directly, TG, just generally).

If you can limit yourself to good material and stand/block the commercials (Tivo?), then good on you. But a lot of folks cannot. A lot of folks are hooked on watching bad stuff. Probably most regular readers are fine in their TV habits whether they have one or not, but I also speak to people who just wander by, or who are new to trying to escape evil and live a moral, Catholic life.

Judy - July 9, 2015

One thing I remember learning during a Mass Communications Theory and Research class was that people don’t usually watch shows they like. People actually sit down with the intent of watching television and will watch the thing that is the least objectionable to them.

Tantumblogo - July 9, 2015

So you mean they’ll just settle for whatever, right?

RVBlake - July 9, 2015

I don’t own a TV; what’s “AD”? If you mean Mark and Roma Downey, a while ago I bought “The Bible” which they produced and directed. They depicted Jesus as being a bit left-wing, uttering statements about changing the world, and butchering the Beatitudes with “blessed are the poor”, that sort of thing.

c matt - July 10, 2015

There was an older “A.D.” movie (from the ’90s?) that was actually pretty decent.

11. David - July 9, 2015

My mother liked to watch soap operas – I always thought they were a waste of time. Soaps are sometimes called soft core porn geared for women, because of the thoughts – the same goes for romance novels.

As far as people dressing on TV 25 years ago, I recently saw some old episodes of the Facts of Life, which I remember as a high school kid. It was nice to see young girls without tattoos and without body piercings.

I asked my mom a few years ago about the Leave it to Beaver days, and my mom said the classroom dress during that time period normal for public school. Girls in modest skirts and dresses, boys with collared shirts and properly fitting trousers with belts, and teachers were respected.

12. Kathleen - July 9, 2015

Absolutely.

I’m older and my husband and I aren’t dealing with kids, but if we were there is virtually nothing fit for kids to watch. There is very little we can watch. For instance we resort to “kids” stuff much of the time but the vast majority of it isn’t fit for consumption by children. And Disney is straight from the depths of Hades. As fairly well formed adults we can spot the poison in the “kids” material and mentally reject being programed, but even that is less than ideal. It certainly isn’t an option for kids.

As far as social media I’ve seen that as nothing but a tool for instigating every baser impulse of fallen nature. I’ve avoided it like the plague. Everything I’ve seen has verified my assessment. It feeds neediness, envy, narcissism, backbiting, pride, and the list goes on and on. I have more than enough trouble trying to beat down my faults without pouring gasoline on the situation.

Oh and on the clothes even a short time ago — yeah it’s amazing. There is a 1970s Clint Eastwood flick where he is a cop and he has the paddy wagon full of ladies of the evening and they’re drinking scotch and milk — but the point is that those “ladies” were dressed better than many women dress for BUSINESS now days. And outside a situation where people are making some concession to propriety it’s really something.

Judy - July 9, 2015

My husband travels for work a lot and is constantly surprised at what people think is appropriate attire. He wants a sign posted at airports that reads: “LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!” And apparently women who plan to place items in the overhead compartments need to seriously consider what they wear on their top half. He gets some pretty rude (and gag-worthy) surprises.

13. RVBlake - July 9, 2015

The ads will get you…Other day I was watching ESPN at the tavern down the street, you’d think that’d be safe. Nope. Wells Fargo ran an advert depicting 2 “mommies” selecting a child to adopt before an ecstatic adoption worker. The “mommies” were carefully presented as the girls next door, no shaved heads, tattoos, piercings, that stuff. All very middle class, respectable, don’t cha know.

14. David - July 14, 2015

MeTV shows some good old shows like EMERGENCY! I went to EMT school shortly after finishing high school. Johnny and Roy were my childhood heroes, and you never saw them on TV doing immoral things. Their Captain, like Roy, was also a good family man.

Tantumblogo - July 14, 2015

Captain Stanley. My favorite character form the series, though he didn’t get too much coverage. I also liked Dr. Brackett a lot though he could be pompous at times.

We have the entire series on DVD, and even a few of the Emergency +4 cartoons! They are not bad, occasional immodest dress in female patients but other than that relatively safe.

Yeah MeTV is about all we watch on the very rare times we actually put on TV. My kids love The Rifleman. It’s probably their favorite.


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