What makes you think they don't have other problems?
What are they supposed to do for entertainment, stare at a blank wall? Most of them can't even afford a newspaper. Movie rentals? Not a chance. What are the kids supposed to do, go out and start robbing people? Up until a week ago, they had at least some TV to watch. Now, many of them have nothing at all. Have you ever had a houseful of small children with nothing to watch? The kids don't understand any of this, all they can do is look at Mom and wonder what happened.
When you've lived on minimum wage, working part-time jobs, you'll have a better perspective.
I just don't understand the kind of closed-minded thinking I'm seeing here.
Closed minded? The thinking I'm seeing from you is what got us sub-prime mortages.
Here's an idea: LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS. If that means you can't afford tv, then you can't.
You do know people before tv and internet did such things like throw football? You don't need the idiot box.
And btw, you act like no one shares this?
I grew up in a family that had a highly paid genius engineer dad. We were high middle class, half way between middle and upper. My dad decided to leave us (after beating up my mom) and we had to cancel pretty much everything.
I didn't have cable from 1990 until 2008 when I got directv hd. Hell, for 18 years all I had was a crappy analog signal that I'd be lucky if I got a picture, and it was color. When people had 486 machines in 1992 I had a 286.
In my area 20 minutes south of Atlanta, I'd get weak signals for local tv stations. I'd get MAYBE 1 or two channels, only 1 usually worth watching (tbs).
I worked my way past this. We had everything when I was young, lost everything, and I had to give up what I had. I had to work my way back up. So don't give me this crap.
And yes, guess what? When I was a late teen in the late 90's (I'm 30 btw) I was highly envious of people with nice stereo systems (Compared to my what, 90's boombox as a stereo? bleh), nice houses, nice everything.
But want to know something? You aren't owed anything. I now have a few nice hdtvs, but it wasn't because some generous stranger dropped them off!
If you honestly think losing your tv is such a big deal, try losing cable, expensive food, going to the movies, buying video games, good clothing (and having to buy used clothing). Try falling that far and then talk to me about tv.
Edited by Zellio, 20 June 2009 - 11:21 PM.