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Monday, November 20, 2017

ESPN doubles down

As you would expect, of course. Because SJWs are always going to do what SJWs do. ESPN's Scott Van Pelt can't imagine how anyone might spend their evenings rather than sit slack-jawed in front of the television every night:
VAN PELT: Sure. Of course. I mean, right. Everything you said is true, I'm going to boycott this — And for the folks, if you truly wanna boycott the NFL or if you wanna boycott ESPN, the notion that some guy sitting out there, or gal, and they decide, "You know what, I’m gonna go ahead and cut my entire cable package because ESPN gave an award on a made-up show in July because there’s no sports to a woman who used to be a man, so I’m now not gonna have any cable TV at all, and I’m gonna sit around at night and read books by candlelight like olden times because of that." That’s just, that's not happening.

And if you did that, then you’re so dumb that I can’t even pray for you because you’re beyond hope. If that was your reaction to this — was to deny yourself the ability to watch television — I mean that just hasn’t happened and didn’t happen.
It can really be rather remarkable to be provided a clear description of the drivel that passes for SJW thought processes. There is so much wrong with their thinking that it is hard to know where to even start.

SJWs simply don't understand that we view their moral imperatives and assumptions in much the same way that they view the KKK and the German National Socialist Workers Party. We are no more inclined to fund their incessant celebrations of immorality and insanity than they are inclined to pay for the racism, sexism, and fill-in-the-blank-ophobia they so vehemently decry.

We can live without cable TV. We can live without ESPN. And we know that they cannot survive without us. Cut the cord. Starve the SJW media. And if you want to understand why they will never back down, not even when their corporate survival depends upon it, read SJWADD.

Though I wonder if Van Pelt would feel differently if he knew people were sitting around at night reading the 4GW Handbook?

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123 Comments:

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 20, 2017 8:06 AM  

Van Pelt needs Lucy to give his blanket back to him.

Blogger Lovekraft November 20, 2017 8:14 AM  

There is a subtle taunting to their exclamations, hiding behind security guards and cameras, of course.

But it does indicate how desperate they are to have their 'enemy' take action, in order to perpetuate their victim narrative.

When we refuse to take their bait, we can watch as they go to even further ends to provoke action (see: Obama's election).

Anonymous Steve November 20, 2017 8:14 AM  

Ok, I lol'ed:

to deny yourself the ability to watch television

This is like denying yourself the ability to pay a bunch of strangers who hate to you come inside your house and shit all over your values, beliefs and identity while simultaneously trying to sell you stuff.

Star Trek was pretty much wrong about everything except TV. Everybody's favourite autistic RealDoll, Mr Data, predicted it wouldn't last long into the 21st century.

So it has been foretold, and so it will come to pass when the last baby boomer gracelessly expires in front of the last episode of Law & Order: Graveyard Protection Unit.

Blogger Mountain Man November 20, 2017 8:15 AM  

Meh...my entire life I've never had cable. Can't say it's ever been missed. Managed to start and successfully run two businesses in the time that would have been spent drooling in front of the idiot box. It's amazing what one can accomplish when they don't waste their time. What bunker does this clown live in?

Blogger Junius Stone November 20, 2017 8:16 AM  

Been without cable for close to twenty years now. Won't go back.

Blogger Ned November 20, 2017 8:17 AM  

Never knew. Haven't had cable for decades. Don't really need an SJW praying to zir god for me either.

Anonymous Bobby Farr November 20, 2017 8:18 AM  

Yeah, cable TV is indispensable in 2017. If only someone provided a streaming service where I could access movies and TV shows of my choice whenever I wanted and at a fraction of the cost of cable. Or online for free.

Blogger Anno Ruse November 20, 2017 8:24 AM  

"What do you want to do, goyim? Live in a cabin and read BOOKS? Unacceptable!"

It's like they want to create a nation of Kaczynskis.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 20, 2017 8:24 AM  

My anti-NFL and sportsball rejection started by listening to that idiot Howie Long give a long SJW sermon years ago and finally the players have followed it to the logical conclusion.

Anonymous Cusefan44 November 20, 2017 8:26 AM  

I think he almost has a point - cord cutting is probably not mostly attributable to SJW posturing - its due to a whole host of factors. However, if he realizes that - and that ESPN cannot influence most of the those social factors (so the failure of ESPN's business model is a guarantee at this point) - it would be too terrifying to accept. Its why they create strawman arguments like this, so they can pretend that everything is OK.

OpenID aew51183 November 20, 2017 8:27 AM  

>"If that was your reaction to this — was to deny yourself the ability to watch television — I mean that just hasn’t happened and didn’t happen."

Ah, boomer mindset...

TV and cinema are dying media, this is why they tried so desperately to converge video games and video streaming as if they were like hollywood. Unfortunately for them, the only barrier to entry, technical competence, is something which works to their detriment.

The best they can do is try to converge major portals, but if they push too hard they alienate the user-base and "myspace" their own sites.

Does anyone have an Alexa subscription with long-term trends on Reddit since about 2013?

Blogger Lazarus November 20, 2017 8:28 AM  

Mountain Man wrote:What bunker does this clown live in?

The "my show is doing great with 18-34 year old males and I just got a multi-year contract extension" bunker

Anonymous Mayonnaise November 20, 2017 8:36 AM  

cord cutting is probably not mostly attributable to SJW posturing - its due to a whole host of factors.

Yes. Wifey and I were on the cord-cutting fence several years ago for two reasons: (1) cost, and (2) bundling. But it was the SJW bullsh*t that pushed us over.

Weird period of adjustment that lasted for, oh, four days. Then amazement we hadn't done it sooner.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira November 20, 2017 8:36 AM  

"...so I’m now not gonna have any cable TV at all, and I’m gonna sit around at night and read books by candlelight like olden times because of that."

BUT THAT'S LITERALLY WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING.

Imagine believing that reading the classics by candlelight is an inferior choice to watching brain-damaged NFLtards crash into each other over, and over, and over again.

Not giving up my NHL subscription though. Yet.

Blogger dc.sunsets November 20, 2017 8:38 AM  

Both broadcast TV and cable rested on serving the triangulated Muddy Middle.

More recently, the response of the inveterate (((leftists))) running them was to service their own "kind," i.e., "virtue" signalling leftists, with a deluge of Magic Negroes and such self-consciously homosex/mixed-race propaganda that satire became nearly impossible.

There's no Middle any more. A nation with less than 80% homogeneity will NEVER have a middle. This is yet another iteration of supposedly "high IQ" people creating the very conditions that cut their own throats.

Anonymous CarpeOro November 20, 2017 8:38 AM  

First, to what would Scott VanPelt pray to? Cthulu? Hillary?
Second, candles? Really? Or maybe it is just that he doesn't know how to read himself. Sneering at people reading instead of watching television and calling them irredeemably ignorant is about as ridiculous as you can get.
The number of hours I spend watching ESPN across a month probably averages less than three (a chunk comes from being in restaurants with it on). This really doesn't motivate me to increase that time.

Blogger Chiva November 20, 2017 8:39 AM  

I had 'cut the cord' just a few weeks ago. It has not been a hard transition, in fact it has shown me just how much time I was wasting.
This Van Pelt person is reinforcing my decision.

Blogger Stilicho November 20, 2017 8:39 AM  

Who is dumber: the idiots who gave SVP a show or the idiots who watch it to learn about football and the current season? It would be like watching The View to learn about the US political scene: the subject will be mentioned, but not in any meaningful way.

Blogger Johnny November 20, 2017 8:40 AM  

He has two problem. One is that people who boycott are experimenting with not watching and even if they get over it, some of them will decide they don't miss it. The other is the Internet. People have more choices, limiting the ability to force feed them the big network stuff. The other choice is candlelight you say? Hey, LOL.

Blogger JACIII November 20, 2017 8:43 AM  

These people are so divorced from reality it's stunning. Reminds me of when California was having brown-outs due to its own treehugger legislation after Bush II elected. When asked where electricity came from, "The socket!"
Where do ESPN viewers come from? "The camera!"

Anonymous Mayonnaise November 20, 2017 8:44 AM  

"... so I’m now not gonna have any cable TV at all, and I’m gonna sit around at night and read books by candlelight like olden times because of that."

Gee ... I guess we'll do that while we cling to our guns and religion.

Anonymous Gloating Candlelit Bookreader November 20, 2017 8:50 AM  

My city broadcasts sports over the air in HD.

Your move, ESPN.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 20, 2017 8:51 AM  

In five years, tops, the very idea of a tv network will be as obsolete as a rabbit ear antenna on top of a cathode ray tube television. Watching television used to be cheap entertainment. After the initial investment in the set, it was essentially free. Then everybody got addicted to it. So cable was invented and suddenly it wasn't free anymore. Now alternatives are arising and much of what is being offered, in the so called new golden age of television, is puerile and decadent. Every time someone cuts the cord they are going to motivate two friends to do so as well.

Anonymous Ain November 20, 2017 8:51 AM  

Do these people not know anybody that doesn't watch TV?

Anonymous JC NRA November 20, 2017 8:53 AM  

Next to keeping our kids out of public school, ensuring there's no cable TV in the house is one of the very best things we've done as parents.

And books? Library day is a freakin' treat, leading to a multi-hour orgy of quiet reading upon returning home.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 20, 2017 8:53 AM  

And the younger set is just not bothering with a cable subscription at all,ever. They have never had one and never will. Why should they? Its a waste of their money.

Anonymous Avalanche November 20, 2017 8:54 AM  

OP Vox:: "We can live without cable TV. We can live without ESPN. And we know that they cannot survive without us. Cut the cord. Starve the SJW media."

I cut the cord some months ago (when they destroyed Doctor Who with the lesbian negress who slavered over every female she saw ... I was confirmed in it when the next Doctor was announced a woman (GREAT actress -- but still).

My neighbors (to whom I had gifted a Roku box some years ago) recommended SlingTV to 'add back' what I missed (Home & Garden TV mainly; my neighbors are college-football fanatics). I've looked it over, keep thinking maybe I should sign up; but, other than wistfully looking for a DarkStream every night, the SILENCE and undivided attention to my online reading or working is serving me pretty well!

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 20, 2017 8:54 AM  

Do these people not know anybody that doesn't watch TV?

I doubt that they know anybody who reads.

Blogger JACIII November 20, 2017 8:58 AM  

Ain wrote:Do these people not know anybody that doesn't watch TV?

No. They sit around the dinner table and talk about TV show characters like they are personal acquaintances and discuss the story lines of sitcoms as if their neighbors were the cast. MPAI.

Anonymous kfg November 20, 2017 9:04 AM  

"I’m gonna go ahead and cut my entire cable package because ESPN gave an award . . ."

That's right. I cut my entire cable package 15 years ago because A&E cancelled Nero Wolfe and replaced it with a reality show, Speed Vision became The NASCAR Channel and the "educational" channels became Shoe Shopping with Ghost Midgets channels.

So what ESPN does now really doesn't mean squat to me.

" . . .in July . . . there’s no sports . . ."

Wait, what? You're a sports guy, and you think there are no summer sports? Are you retarded?

"I’m gonna sit around at night and read books . . ."

Indeed. And the best books are free to possess these days.

". . . by candlelight . . ."

Well that answers my question. Yes, you are retarded.

Blogger Keyser Soze November 20, 2017 9:06 AM  

I cut the cord 6 years ago, coming home one night a little bit tanked.
Turned on the TV. My choice of Starshiptroppers or Shawshank. At that moment, I made the decision and called the next day to cancel. Haven't regretted it one bit. What a waste of money and time. Better to read, listen to music, chase women, workout, etc....

Blogger SciVo November 20, 2017 9:16 AM  

"by candlelight"

He is an emotional thinker who cannot handle complexity. Watching TV is of the present, reading books is of the past, and society only progresses therefore the past is dumb and reading is dumb.

And so the only way you can read today is the way they did in the past. By candlelight. QED so suck that, bitches! I is smart and u is dumb.

Anonymous Elmer Fudd November 20, 2017 9:17 AM  

I've always found American football interesting: Millions of fans slobbering over (mostly) showboating dindus in helmets and pads ... morons who, in real life, they would avoid like the plague.

Anonymous Avalanche November 20, 2017 9:18 AM  

"sit around at night and read books by candlelight"

So, Van Peltz had named his tablet "candlelight"?
Weird. I still call mine a Galaxy Tab...


@17 I had 'cut the cord' ... not been a hard transition, in fact it has shown me just how much time I was wasting.

I used to struggle during the January "Primal Challenge" to get my butt up OFF the computer chair (saddle seat chair – AMAZING for your back; you can't slouch!) and into bed, and that was just one month of no-midnight+ heading for bed. Now? No problem any night at all!

Blogger TM Lutas November 20, 2017 9:19 AM  

Yawn, did this decades ago. Ok, it wasn't decades, just 19 years, and except for visiting parents on one side or the other we've stuck to it. It was really entertaining when they called to ask us to be a nielsen family, three separate times.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener November 20, 2017 9:24 AM  

Youtube has better content than cable. Too bad the Google SJWs are busy ruining it.

Blogger YIH November 20, 2017 9:25 AM  

Steve wrote:Ok, I lol'ed:

to deny yourself the ability to watch television

This is like denying yourself the ability to pay a bunch of strangers who hate to you come inside your house and shit all over your values, beliefs and identity while simultaneously trying to sell you stuff.

Star Trek was pretty much wrong about everything except TV. Everybody's favourite autistic RealDoll, Mr Data, predicted it wouldn't last long into the 21st century.

So it has been foretold, and so it will come to pass when the last baby boomer gracelessly expires in front of the last episode of Law & Order: Graveyard Protection Unit.

Actually Star Trek predicted a few things: Cell phones (TOS) and tablet computers (TNG) are two examples. And it wouldn't surprise me if TV as we know it goes away over the next 20 years.
But denying myself the ability to watch it? I stopped cable literally 20 years ago when I took a second shift job, post-11pm and pre-3pm TV is a wasteland of stupid talk shows and infomercials. So it was rabbit ears for OTA TV and videos. Then the internet came along, and within a year if an NFL game wasn't on, neither is the TV.
Now the TV just sits there, off, except for occasional video.
I'm not concerned about the Van Pelt fellow, he may well be gone after the next round of ESJWN cuts.

Blogger Cecil Henry November 20, 2017 9:26 AM  

Don't read books??? Viewers are stupid? Living by candlelight?

Jeez Van Pelt, is this how you MAKE an argument???

There is life after ESPN. Better life.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 20, 2017 9:26 AM  

No. They sit around the dinner table and talk about TV show characters like they are personal acquaintances and discuss the story lines of sitcoms as if their neighbors were the cast. MPAI.

Kind of like in Fahrenheit 451.

Anonymous Jordi November 20, 2017 9:26 AM  

The guy is chilling.

He bluntly says that it's OK to hijack a monopoly (broadcasting of top sport events in the US) and use to force feed propaganda into american homes, and that spectators will have to put up with it, willingly or not.

A Cold War may resolve without turning into a hot war. But now America is at the early stages of a Cold Civil War. Which may or may not turn hot, but which is already a war.

Long live the Alt-Right.

Blogger Ian Miguel Martin November 20, 2017 9:28 AM  

Life without television? It’s been four years. And if I can do it, anyone can. Denial? Someone needs to explain to Mr. Van Pelt and the rest of ESPN that, yes, it really is happening.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-8kmPJKGgM

Blogger B.J. November 20, 2017 9:31 AM  

I stopped watching TV when Conan was kicked off the Tonight Show. Never looked back. Now I only watch what I want to watch, never see commercials anymore, never see celebrities I don't care about, never see the fake news.

Blogger Harambe November 20, 2017 9:39 AM  

I have a TV only because a 32" TV is way cheaper than a 32" PC screen. I use it just for playing XBox and watching FailArmy videos on Youtube. We have our own problems with Digital TV providers here in South Africa but they're pretty similar for the most part, e.g. our biggest provider is SJW converged and contribute money to our equivalent of the Clinton Foundation. So I cut ties with them 4 years ago.

Anonymous old man in a villa November 20, 2017 9:40 AM  

Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake.

I for one would- if I were so inclined- email them to tell them how much I want even more LGBT promotion on their network, more BLM activism, more kneeling before the flag.

You go ESPN

Blogger pyrrhus November 20, 2017 9:41 AM  

The funny part is how many people I know, including myself, who have suddenly realized how much time was being wasted watching bad football on TV. It's certainly not the game we played long ago. And on top of that, to have diversity jammed down our throats at every opportunity by nitwits....Easy decision.

Blogger YIH November 20, 2017 9:42 AM  

@10. Cusefan44
its due to a whole host of factors
Guess who's as brain dead as phone companies? Cable companies. When my mother died I went into the cable company office to cancel her account, they told me ''can't she come in herself?'' no, ''well she can call us'' no. After 15 minutes of that I simply left - and threw every further bill into the trash. Took 'em 4 months to disconnect for non-payment. Obviously that also helped my decision to cut the cord.

Blogger Unknown November 20, 2017 9:43 AM  

Current year and he doesn't realize most people just use Netflix and YT instead of cable

Blogger pyrrhus November 20, 2017 9:45 AM  

It is truly amazing that players making millions of dollars playing a kids sport, many of whom would be working at minimum wage jobs or be in prison otherwise, have turned into a grievance cult....There's a spiritual lesson there.

Blogger James Dixon November 20, 2017 9:48 AM  

We haven't had cable since we bought our current home in 1994. It's not available. We did try satellite for a few years. It wasn't cost effective.

> There's no Middle any more.

Equally important, there is no mass market any more. There is no single media source which will reach anywhere near the majority of people. This kills advertising as a funding source and means you have to produce content people are willing to pay for. How's that working out for the media companies?

Blogger pyrrhus November 20, 2017 9:50 AM  

There are, in fact, some great anti-PC shows on cable. The Crown, Fargo, and the Man in the High Castle are a few....And you don't have to listen to any talking heads.

Anonymous Steve Canyon November 20, 2017 9:53 AM  

Perhaps the esteemed and learned Van Pelt can explain how someone who must read by candlelight can cease doing so in order to watch television?

Blogger RC November 20, 2017 9:59 AM  

Over the decades of not watching anything except OTA sports, the water cooler conversations were most amusing. People steeped in mindless entertainment cannot fathom that I've never seen an episode of any post-80s show and have no clue regarding the characters and plots upon which they center their lives. We both feel sorry for each other.

Blogger JDC November 20, 2017 10:00 AM  

I cut the cord a while ago. Haven't regretted it for one minute (been enjoying the Punisher on Netflix - through episode 3). And no Scott Van Pelt - we cabin dwellers have these new fangled contraptions called reading lights to illuminate our right-wing books.

Blogger JDC November 20, 2017 10:02 AM  

Had a great time last weekend listening to the MSU / Penn State game on the radio and playing Dominion with the family.

Anonymous Northwest Watching Thing November 20, 2017 10:05 AM  

I cancelled my cable, but I had to wait several weeks for the Wells Fargo wagon to deliver the candles I ordered.

Blogger Groggy November 20, 2017 10:06 AM  

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Blogger Lovekraft November 20, 2017 10:09 AM  

I have an old lcd tv in my wall-unit that doesn't work. Not using it, but it fills up that space. Maybe I'll post a picture of Trump over it.

Anonymous patrick kelly November 20, 2017 10:11 AM  

It's been at least 20 years since I cut the cable

For a few years it was just broadcast or rentals and then Netflix came along

Of all the problems and challenges I've had to overcome in my life not watching enough TV has never been one of them

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 20, 2017 10:12 AM  

Is that a threat, a promise or just another REEEEEEEEEEEE?

With SJWs it is nearly impossible to tell.

Blogger Nate November 20, 2017 10:14 AM  

some of ESPN's attitude is not just SJW... some of it is boomer mindset. Boomers are still obsessed with television. They cannot stand to be in a room with a tv in it that is not on.

While GenX and younger will often never bother to turn one on at all unless its to game on.

The tell is in the hotel habits. The first thing we do when we get to our hotel room is start unpacking. the chargers all get plugged in and the laptops get set up.

Boomers? Boomers find the remote and turn the tv on before they have even unloaded their car much less touched the zipper on the suitcase.

Blogger Groggy November 20, 2017 10:15 AM  

Don't give 1 cent to these bastards.

Anonymous Mayonnaise November 20, 2017 10:21 AM  

There are, in fact, some great anti-PC shows on cable. The Crown, Fargo, and the Man in the High Castle are a few....

Period dramas are great because the producers have a legitimate excuse to cast 95% white actors.

My wife loves "A Place In The Heart." It's about a bunch of early Canadian settlers -- with nary an African or South American in sight!

Blogger Brad Matthews November 20, 2017 10:23 AM  

Dear Lord,
Please forgive them for they know not what they do, they are too dumb.
Wait, nevermind. I can't even. They are without hope.
Reverend Van Pelt

Blogger Jon D. November 20, 2017 10:35 AM  

Conversation with my wife this morning:

Me: "I kinda wanna cut TV."
Wife: "Cable is 2o0 a month it wouldn't be bad."
Me: "Why do we even have it?"
Wife (looks at me incredulously): "Baseball."
Me: "Oh. I'll have to think about it at little more."

Blogger Erynne November 20, 2017 10:38 AM  

I don't expect nerdy betas to have cable television, but when I learned that my boomer parents were putting away the old boob-tube for good (which my father kept active only to watch the Bills lose game after game) I was shocked. I didn't think my dad would do it because he was a big football fan all my life, but I think with Trump in office he's beginning to do things he probably would have only given lip service to before.

And, to make sure my snowflake rests delicately on top of the pile, I have never paid for cable television or ever seen an episode of anything on ESPN.

Anonymous Looking Glass November 20, 2017 10:39 AM  

@63 Jon D.

Look into some of the MLB streaming packages. Most are for mobile, but you can still put those on a big screen with a little planning. It'll drop your bill down to just your internet + phone.

Blogger Mercy November 20, 2017 10:40 AM  

‘Cause agony brings no reward for one more hit and one last score
Don’t be a casualty…
Cut the cord!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9itwt_opsvQ

Blogger Timmy3 November 20, 2017 10:41 AM  

Cable TV was a luxury in the past. We came to expect it in a bundled Internet service. There’s no point to it today when streaming services offer superior service. There’s also free over the air broadcasts although I’m watching it less than ever. I’m hanging out more on YouTube. Oh well. The big tech firms are still getting my business via participation. We really need a YouTube and Google Maps replacement.

Blogger Azimus November 20, 2017 10:55 AM  

I would very curious to see if the Nazi's emphatic endorsement of athletics during the 1930's was a big reason for the growth of their popular appeal. It would be interesting to see if SJW's are just using the Nazi playbook.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 20, 2017 10:57 AM  

Speaking of cutting things, Van Pelt has a spokesgig with Sport Clips. I'm sure they'll appreciate the publicity...

Blogger Admiral James November 20, 2017 11:07 AM  

Well said!

Blogger John Bradley November 20, 2017 11:07 AM  

"Oh man I need TV... when I've got T. Rex."

Blogger VD November 20, 2017 11:22 AM  

Boomers are still obsessed with television. They cannot stand to be in a room with a tv in it that is not on.

That's just weird. I hate the "background noise" of a television. Always have. What is the matter with silence?

Blogger DonReynolds November 20, 2017 11:24 AM  

ESPN's Van Pelt is simply dog stupid.
Those who have cut the cable off will not hear his rant against them.
But hey....Let's insult and abuse the audience we have left, and maybe they will walk out too!
I have become convinced that sports broadcasting must be the most boring assignment in the world....because in recent years, the Leftists they hired to do sports broadcasting had rather talk about ANYTHING to keep from blabbing about sports. No matter what hot-button topic you want to think of...gun control, race relations, politics, global warming....the sportscasters are friggin experts and they will argue with everybody.
They just CANNOT back away from the poo. It is irresistible to them.

OpenID widlast November 20, 2017 11:31 AM  

"What is the matter with silence?"

There is a host of people who cannot bear silence, for in the silence they are forced to face the emptiness of themselves.

Blogger Feather Blade November 20, 2017 11:34 AM  

Ron Winkleheimer wrote:as obsolete as a rabbit ear antenna on top of a cathode ray tube television.

Funny thing about that...

Yeah, the CRT is still obsolete, but they still sell rabbit ears for digital signals, and from what I've heard, the younger generations are rediscovering the wonder that is free, over-the-air television....

Anonymous Eduardo November 20, 2017 11:48 AM  

I also never had any problem to keep the TV off. Gives me the chance to hear my own voice...

...what?

TV has lost it's desirability to me after there wasn't a single program that wasn't political in nature, all there was left was old cartoons at best. Got tired of having to WAIT for the cultural assault at every show, and it was always there all you had to do is keep your eyes open for it.

TV needs to new midia. TV's role needs to be redesigned.

Blogger James Dixon November 20, 2017 11:49 AM  

> We really need a YouTube and Google Maps replacement.

Youtube is being worked, but it's not really there yet. Mapquest and Yahoo both offer alternatives to Google maps. And you might want to take a look at www.openstreetmap.org and contribute what you can.

> Yeah, the CRT is still obsolete

Ours still works fine for watching DVD's. Since we can't get cable or over the air and satellite costs too much, I've never seen a reason to upgrade. It'll die eventually, but until then...

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 20, 2017 11:52 AM  

We got rid of tv decades ago. Then 9-11 happened. The internet simply didn't work. We live in an area with no broadcast tv our one radio station was prerecorded. There was nothing. We had people calling us and we were saying, "We don't know what's happening."

I didn't know until I got to work and since we were such a rural area lots of us hadn't seen anything. They set up a tv in the conference area for us to watch.

I've regretted getting tv back since then but I'm not going to be left without any connection to the outside world. We keep the minimum package and simply limit the children's time on tv to half an hour a day unless it is a dvd movie then we watch as a family.

I think we have enough bandwidth for the computer to not shut down if another 9-11 hits but I don't trust the government not to slow it to a crawl or shut it off altogether.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 20, 2017 11:52 AM  

Yeah, the CRT is still obsolete, but they still sell rabbit ears for digital signals, and from what I've heard, the younger generations are rediscovering the wonder that is free, over-the-air television....

Yeah, I have an antenna for picking up HD over the air myself. Not the rabbit ear shaped kind though.

Anonymous Eduardo November 20, 2017 11:57 AM  

James where the heck you live!?!

I will bet Alaska...

Blogger Sheila4g November 20, 2017 12:06 PM  

@59 Nate: "Boomers? Boomers find the remote and turn the tv on before they have even unloaded their car much less touched the zipper on the suitcase."

That's my beloved husband. Sigh. Did that the first time we stopped in Germany on our way home from our post in Bulgaria, and I thought "Oh my God, what have I done?"

@72 VD: "I hate the "background noise" of a television. Always have. What is the matter with silence?"

Same. Even when hubby has the tv on in the family room and I'm in the kitchen on my laptop, I pretty much tune it all out - to the point if he suddenly addresses a comment to me and not the idiot box, it doesn't even register. Still, it's a relief on the weekends when he goes to take a nap and I can turn the damned thing OFF.

Been trying to cut the cord for a while now (I don't watch it at all, but he's an inveterate tv watcher/channel surfer). He says that after being on a computer and phone all day at work he does not want to go online at home. If our tv (about 9 years old, which replaced a 30 year old behemoth) has the appropriate connections, may be able to talk him into it. If not, I doubt he'll be willing to get a new tv just to cut the cord. Other issue is he really doesn't want to get a rooftop antenna, and from what I've been reading that's necessary for certain channels.


Blogger 4499 November 20, 2017 12:07 PM  

@63 Jon D.

Here's what I did. Got rid of cable and bought a Roku box. It works off the internet and provides you with whatever channels you can find for free or feel like paying for. They are available from Amazon for $99, or you can check around and see who carries them locally (I think most Walmarts have them). Then I purchased the MLB.tv channel for approx. $129 per year. Every game of every team EXCEPT FOR the local team (blackout restrictions). To get around the blackout restrictions, I bought the Slingtv channel and chose the sports package that includes coverage of my local team.

Costs

Roku box $99 one-time purchase


Yearly subscriptions

MLB.tv $129

Rugby Channel.tv $50

Amazon Prime $99 - the channel is thrown in


Monthly subscriptions

Netflix $9.99

Sling with sports package $27.05

Hulu $11.99

Anonymous FP November 20, 2017 12:21 PM  

"Other issue is he really doesn't want to get a rooftop antenna, and from what I've been reading that's necessary for certain channels."

It depends on where you live and where the transmitters are for the tv stations. I'm at the 50 mile limit for a smaller antenna and my living room faces the correct direction such that I just need a flatwave antenna stuck to the window and power it via plug or usb port to get 20 or so channels over the air. They sell antennas at costco these days for about $50.

Anonymous JAG November 20, 2017 12:28 PM  

I will say that I am impressed by how the SJWs cling tenaciously to their method of being an asshole to people they want to supporting SJWs. That only works on cucks, which, going by the ratings collapses of many SJW dominated media companies, are an ever shrinking group.

Anonymous Gen. Kong November 20, 2017 12:54 PM  

old man in a villa wrote:
Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake.

I for one would- if I were so inclined- email them to tell them how much I want even more LGBT promotion on their network, more BLM activism, more kneeling before the flag.

You go ESPN


Amen. If you're enemy is busy setting himself on fire, the correct response is to hand him some gasoline with a friendly greeting and you best wishes for his shiny, sexy future with Judeo-Christ.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella November 20, 2017 12:59 PM  

Is there a subscription service for football? team by team, or in general? college football? and then, Olympics.

My husband is the only person in the house watching sports on cable. He works, he pays the bills. I am not going to tell him to do without one of his true pleasures: and, he earned it: he was a multi-sport athlete through college.

If we can find that, we can cut cable.

I used to watch the financial shows in the morning, with him, until they went insane on Trump.

Blogger Artisanal Toad November 20, 2017 1:03 PM  

Relevant to this thread as well as the past few threads, I suggest a few books. First, on the subject of television:

Amusing Ourselves To Death by Neil Postman.

Fromm the infogalactic page:

The essential premise of the book, which Postman extends to the rest of his argument(s), is that "form excludes the content," that is, a particular medium can only sustain a particular level of ideas. Thus rational argument, integral to print typography, is militated against by the medium of television for the aforesaid reason. Owing to this shortcoming, politics and religion are diluted, and "news of the day" becomes a packaged commodity. Television de-emphasises the quality of information in favour of satisfying the far-reaching needs of entertainment, by which information is encumbered and to which it is subordinate.

It's worth reading even if one is already unplugged. In fact, it's the middle book of a trilogy that began with "The Death of Childhood" and ended with "Technopoly". All are well-worth reading.

I believe that in order to fully understand the impact of television and why people need to unplug, it's necessary to understand what was done to the American people by the school system. There are several books:

The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto.

That's the Amazon link, but the book was posted on his website for free, for years. It's still floating around on the internet and you can read it for free on archive.org, grab it as a .pdf elsewhere or purchase it. It lays out the history of American education, a system that was set up by design and intention to dumb down the students. Gatto was an award-winning teacher in the New York City public schools for 30 years before he got so disgusted he quit. The Wall Street Journal published his letter of resignation.

Gatto wrote other books that take it into more detail, such as "Weapons of Mass Instruction" and "Dumbing Us Down" but TUHoAE is his Magnum Opus. As one of the reviewers stated on Amazon,

"It's easy to read, difficult to accept and absolutely irrefutable."

Reading Gatto and Postman also provides another aspect in terms of understanding MPAI. It's not just intellect, by design and intention people have been dumbed down and are kept drugged into apathy with easy entertainment.

Continued...

Blogger Artisanal Toad November 20, 2017 1:03 PM  

Gatto is not the only one, a former Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Education named Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt also wrote a book called "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America". It too is a free download for the unabridged version.

Mrs Iserbyt makes the same case that Gatto does but from a completely different perspective. She comes from the American upper class, her father was a graduate of Harvard and a member of the Skull and Bones society.

(She was the source ("borrowed" from her father) of the secret membership records of the Skull and Bones society that Antony Sutton used to write his opus, "America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones")

Mrs. Iserbyt grew up in an extremely well-connected family and not surprisingly she became a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Education. Gatto was on the bottom down in the trenches, Iserbyt was at the very top where the decisions were made. Gatto relates a very readable history of how it all came to be and Iserbyt backs that up and provides the details of how it really works. In excruciating detail. They are two parts of the same narrative.

I'd be remiss if I didn't also point to solutions.

Look at The Robinson Curriculum and read the story. Years ago homeschooling websites segregated Robinson stuff from all the other curriculum discussions because of the flamewars that regularly erupted. IMO, this was because virtually every other homeschooling curriculum uses the same model as the school system with the parent as the teacher.

TRC is completely different in that it holds you can only teach the child how to learn and then they have to learn concepts and information on their own. A teacher is great when it comes to physical skills and in developing understanding, but the student has to learn on their own.

That's a radical departure from orthodox educational theory, but so is Dr. Robinsons' view on science. The language of science is math, so no science is covered until the student has mastered calculus and is able to derive formulas on their own.

If you have not yet had children, the only book I recommend on child training is "To Train Up A Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl. They have 3 follow-up volumes (the No Greater Joy series) which are collections of questions and answers from correspondence. Their thesis is that the child needs a three-part approach: training, discipline and tying heartstrings, all applied with 100% consistency.

Unfortunately for parents, there is a specific period of time in the development of the child in which certain things must be done and past 2 years of age, if the child was not trained it probably won't ever be possible. Many of the problems parents have had is trying to apply the principles they teach to children who are much older and some bad things have happened. Naturally, SJW's and feminists absolutely HATE both the Pearls and Dr. Robinson, who are conservative Christians.

Reading Gatto should make you angry at what was done to you and help you understand why homeschooling is a must if you have children. Reading Postman will give you reasons to not just cut the cord, but to get rid of the TV. TRC is not confined to children, anyone can learn how to learn at any age if they know how to read. If you're planning on having children, whether you are a Christian or not, TTUAC should be required reading.

The corollary to all of that is if your spouse does not completely buy into it, you'll have problems trying to implement any of it. In fact, if a man is considering marrying, TUHoAE, AOTD and TTUAC are good litmus tests. If she doesn't agree she won't get with the program. If she doesn't completely agree, she won't do the work to get as close to 100% consistency as she can.

Blogger Doom November 20, 2017 1:08 PM  

To be fair, getting used to silence when I first became ill and had no real option was tough. Now it is considered one of the perks. There are long shadows in there, but dealing with those becomes that next frontier to overcome. A good place to get to know God better, and easy enough to just be safely lost in. Numbing or invigorating, I finally really, usually, enjoy. It's harsh on the shallow, at first. Ugh.

Anonymous kfg November 20, 2017 1:09 PM  

@VD: "I hate the "background noise" of a television. Always have. What is the matter with silence?"

And for the Earbud Generation, I would like to note that that thing out there called The World comes with its own, infinitely variable soundtrack.

You should try listening to it sometime.

Blogger James November 20, 2017 1:12 PM  

Mayonnaise wrote:There are, in fact, some great anti-PC shows on cable. The Crown, Fargo, and the Man in the High Castle are a few....

Period dramas are great because the producers have a legitimate excuse to cast 95% white actors.


Hmm, we must correct that problem. As the brilliant and noble Mary Beard pointed out, blacks have always contributed to every White society that ever was. In fact, without the brilliant dindus we would still be living in caves. With candles.

I have noticed a few shows that are almost exclusively White. However, if they are successful and influential, in a season or two they will reap the rewards of diversity.

Blogger 4499 November 20, 2017 1:20 PM  

@86 Ariadne

Your best bet for college football, etc. would probably be Sling.tv with a chosen sports package. You can also search for Roku channels - people post a lot of channel information, hints, tip, tricks, etc. Most or all of the pay channels offer at least a 7-day trial period of their services, so if you don't like it you can ditch it.
I stopped watching football a long time ago, so I can't be any more help to you in that regard.

Anonymous patrick kelly November 20, 2017 1:29 PM  

@VD: "I hate the "background noise" of a television. Always have. What is the matter with silence?"

I find myself doing this on weekend mornings as a nostalgic throwback to a simpler, more "normal" time in my life when the wife and kids were around. Gives me warmnfuzzyfeelzgoodz.

Even then it is just background noise while I'm doing other stuff around the house, at least until football comes on, then I'll sit down and pay attention for a whole 5-10 minutes at a time.

Blogger James Dixon November 20, 2017 1:31 PM  

> I will bet Alaska...

Rural WV.

Anonymous GregMan November 20, 2017 1:56 PM  

"ESPN's Van Pelt is simply dog stupid."

Don't insult dogs by comparing them with an ESJWN talking head. I like dogs.

I'm going to go back to reading by whale-oil lamp now if you don't mind.

Blogger Duke Norfolk November 20, 2017 1:57 PM  

You can smell the desperation in his words. He's trying to convince himself, so that he doesn't have to face the fact that his vocation is going the way of the buggy whip.

Pathetic.

Anonymous WaterBoy November 20, 2017 1:59 PM  

SVP @OP: "...and I’m gonna sit around at night and read books..."

I'll remember the regard in which you hold books when yours inevitably comes out.

"...by candlelight like olden times..."

Welcome to Current Year, Scott Van Winkle. We have 'lectricity, now. You know, the stuff that drives the devices on which we used to watch you....

Anonymous Eduardo November 20, 2017 2:07 PM  

@James

Well that is just a few miles off... A few thousand miles... Off.

But I don't get it, why are the costs so high? Use to think these things were really cheap in the US.

Neighbour's grass always greener I suppose.

Blogger Lovekraft November 20, 2017 2:13 PM  

I've recently found this and will play one over dinner.

http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 20, 2017 2:14 PM  

Noah B The Savage Gardener wrote:Youtube has better content than cable. Too bad the Google SJWs are busy ruining it.

They aren't ruining it; they are just moving it ... off YouTube.

More content for the next Alt-Right thing.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 20, 2017 2:26 PM  

VD wrote:Boomers are still obsessed with television. They cannot stand to be in a room with a tv in it that is not on.

That's just weird. I hate the "background noise" of a television. Always have. What is the matter with silence?


Drowns out the thoughts of that cold, empty, lonely nursing home they will soon inhabit.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club November 20, 2017 2:58 PM  

a clear description of the drivel that passes for SJW thought processes.

Let's not undersell how illustrative it is of the SJW's usual egregious attempts at humorous insults and the absurdist thinking they project onto those they oppose.

Blogger Libertarian November 20, 2017 3:37 PM  

Don't diss this Boomer's favourite show!

Blogger James Dixon November 20, 2017 3:42 PM  

> But I don't get it, why are the costs so high?

Of what? Satellite TV? They're just too high for me. Most people probably wouldn't have any problems paying $50/month for a basic TV package, but that's about double what I consider reasonable for the quality of the product. And $50/month is the base residential package for both Dish and Direct TV.

Anonymous JAG November 20, 2017 3:42 PM  

Duke Norfolk wrote:You can smell the desperation in his words. He's trying to convince himself, so that he doesn't have to face the fact that his vocation is going the way of the buggy whip.

Pathetic.


What terrifies him the most is that more and more people are tuning out the SJW narrative. If they can't reach eyeballs, they can't indoctrinate.

Anonymous Eduardo November 20, 2017 3:54 PM  

@James

Whaaa you don't like being told you are a bumbling idiot every ten seconds?!? For free might be too expensive depending on the package.

That is what I wanted to know if it was really expensive or was just your personal choice. Sometimes it is pretty hard to know exactly when things are expensive to the locals.

Prices are about that in Brazil. Which is interesting. Because usually half the price is taxation.

Blogger Steampunk Koala November 20, 2017 5:26 PM  

VD wrote:Boomers are still obsessed with television. They cannot stand to be in a room with a tv in it that is not on.

That's just weird. I hate the "background noise" of a television. Always have. What is the matter with silence?


Every time I go to my grandparent's house, they have a TV on in each room, each turned up loud enough for them to hear it if they are in the room. My grandfather will see something on tv, hit the TiVo button, then insist you stand there while he fiddles with the foreward/backward function to get it juuuuuust before the thing he wanted to show you. When my grandfather gets lonely, he will call my father or myself and talk about what he's watching on tv in between complaining about how nobody ever visits him a half hour away and giving unsolicited life advice about all the things you've ever failed at and what you should have done instead.

I finally set up his computer where I can remote in to fix the problems he totally didn't cause by running absolutely everything anyone sends him by email just so I can avoid going out there unless his PC melts.

TV is life for them. That, and pointing out all your faults, because they wouldn't think of wasting their life the way you do.

Anonymous No Kolah November 20, 2017 5:44 PM  

4GW
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,268

I'm sure someone's reading it, but given that most cable users with ESPN are likely under contract, and there are more than 30k books performing better than it, it's not going to put "The Fear" into anyone. Why not have said one of your books like...

SJWs Always Lie: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,720 in Books
or
SJWs Always Double...:Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,506 in Books

Oh. Sorry. I guess they didn't perform that well either. I'm sure it covered your rent or whatever for a bit, and that's the important thing.

Best of luck reading your crypto-fascist porn by candlelight.

Anonymous Causal Lurker November 20, 2017 6:42 PM  

The "TV on" thing sounds more like a female or gamma feature, not Boomer. It's the need for endless bland blather (not Scooby-speak for Dan Rather; OTOH ...), all of it imposed on the viewer by a bunch of "agreeable" b&*()es. Think of it as calls to the "heard" of cattle.

Quiet and calmness is essential for thinking and planning. That International Lord of Cruelty license won't renew itself, after all, and I need to concentrate. Blast it, where's that tube of land-whale marrow?

Anonymous Unamused Flyover Resident November 20, 2017 7:11 PM  

Can't happen! Didn't happen!

Which totally explains why our provider is offering free cable (for a year) with your high-speed internet service. Uh huh.

Blogger VD November 20, 2017 7:21 PM  

SJWs Always Lie: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,720 in Books
SJWs Always Double...:Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,506 in Books


Ahem. You forgot something.

SJWAL: #18,355 Paid in Kindle Store
SJWADD: #8,756 Paid in Kindle Store

2nd and 3rd in their category, just ahead of little books such as The Road to Serfdom by Hayek and The Republic by Plato.

SJWAL is in the top 1 percent of all books sold in the last two years. If you think they are "not performing well", you clearly know nothing about book sales.

Anonymous Unamused Flyover Resident November 20, 2017 7:30 PM  

"What is the matter with silence."

Nothing really, but I still prefer music in the background - generally jazz or classical. That's what TuneIn radio is good for.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf November 20, 2017 7:32 PM  

I'll pick (B) "What is reading a book" for $200 Alex.

Anonymous Ahärôwn November 20, 2017 7:34 PM  

VD wrote:That's just weird. I hate the "background noise" of a television. Always have. What is the matter with silence?

You and me both. I find the radio annoying after a while too, and while in the store the other day wondered whose bright idea it was to flood every public space with canned muzak.

Blogger SemiSpook37 November 20, 2017 10:37 PM  

This video is a perfect encapsulation of what ESPN has become:

https://youtu.be/pYRs8-Fmtlk

Sure, the language may be a little crass, but the gist of it is that ESPN hasn't adapted to the needs and desires of even the most casual sports fans in almost 25 years. I mean, they're paying the NFL $2 BILLION a year for 1 game a week for 16-17 weeks out of that year. Those numbers don't exactly add up.

As for SportsCenter, I agree with the video's creator that they're taking too much focus on personalities and not nearly enough on information that fans need. The SJW experiment that is SC6 is a complete waste. Most folks didn't watch the 6 PM SportsCenter to watch crappy skits and 20 minute interviews with people that most cities don't care about. They watched for information related to their favorite team(s) and game(s) that would be playing on that particular night. Michael Smith and Jemele Hill make me miss Stuart Scott. I thought that wasn't possible.

I find SVP's comments to be rich. He wasn't a part of the original or second wave of talent that ESPN brought in. I remember when he was on correspondent duty in the midst of the '90s boom on the channel, when ESPN had made its name doing what it does now, just significantly with more competence.

As for me, I'm still paying for Playstation Vue, which still offers the glut of Disney offerings, but it's been without anything Viacom owned for almost a year, and there are some rather interesting offerings that you won't find on other systems. It's been slowly offering most broadcast channels available in my local area (the line of sight isn't the greatest where I live), but it's also nice just having the option of watching something rather than turning the thing on by default (this is doubly helpful since there's no device rental fees, either; part of that is I own my own cable modem, and I can run the app on my Roku or my phone, if I want).

Truth be told, we don't watch a lot of TV like we used to. A big part of that is reading, but also surfing sites like this (for me) on the internet. Much better content, and I get to interact. What's not to like?

OpenID paulmurray November 20, 2017 11:28 PM  

@23 "Watching television used to be cheap entertainment. After the initial investment in the set, it was essentially free."

Which is to say, they switched from a revenue model that worked: half a dozen channels, shows with actors, advertising time that people would pay bank for; to a compleyely new business model.

There were two drivers of this.

1 - digital media capable of supporting hundreds of channels

2 - the screenwriters guild strike, which created the reality show genre.

The second is far more important than it may appear. It turns out that acting and telling a story is actually a thing. Even if the story is weekly prolefeed pap.

Anonymous ScarletNumber November 21, 2017 12:04 AM  

@115

> [SVP] wasn't a part of the original or second wave of talent that ESPN brought in.

As insufferable as Keith Olbermann has become, he was great hosting SportsCenter.

Blogger PD Quig November 21, 2017 12:27 AM  

I have always hated not being able to buy cable programming a la carte, but when I learned how much of my cable bill was going to ESPN that did it for me. We cut the cord over two years ago and the TV is now only used to watch bootlegged movies. Screw Hollywood, pro sports, and the news media. By further reorienting all of our digital life, we also saved over $300 / month. I'll never understand why the right still refuses to actively attack the left via boycotts and support of alternative technology and information sources. I have to laugh at ostensible "right-wing" websites that employ the Facebook comments plugin. Lazy, clueless idiots.

Blogger SemiSpook37 November 21, 2017 7:52 AM  

@117

Ironically enough, Olbermann was on point when they gave him his own spot on ESPN after he was let go from Current. The problem there was it was about 10 years too late and whatever good will he had had been burned up due to his epic douchery.

His sacrifice when the initial round of layoffs hit wasn’t a surprise, and that’s the sad part in all of this. It didn’t need to happen this way...

Anonymous SomeTechAnonFag November 21, 2017 9:53 AM  

What is cable television and why would I have any use for it? Even in the incredibly unlikely event something on there was actually worth watching, computer monitors offer a higher resolution for lower cost, do not spy on you as "smart" televisions do and serve other purposes as well. You can also simply download any show at any resolution and often it's not even piracy, not that I would harbor any guilt at depriving SJWs of income.

I've had people offer me free television and I decline it. They're very shocked when I do so and very red pilled when I explain why if they can listen without being triggered.

They think the alternative is books by candlelight. Not that reading is a bad thing but that they're under the impression we're at least 20 years in the technological past if not 200 or more.

Blogger Autumn Millennial November 21, 2017 11:50 AM  

Silence scares boomers... it might make them reflect on their bad choices.

Anonymous Mr. Rational November 21, 2017 8:01 PM  

@121  I sit without any audio track much of the time now.  It's seldom totally silent, but hearing the wind rushing, the grass rustling, the birds singing, the squirrel you need to blast to kingdom come scrabbling along the side of the house... it gives you time to think.

Not nearly the kind of Zen space that a long solo road trip gives you, but definitely introspective.

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