My wife and I shut off our cable/satellite TV about 5 or 6 years ago. Since then we’ve relied on streaming, DVDs, and console games for our idiot box entertainment. Recently, however, our cable company threatened to raise our internet costs, because we had reached the end of an introductory period. Since the cost of keeping our fast internet (we’re addicted to it) was nearly the same price as adding cable and phone service, we pulled the trigger–ordered the whole package.

That’s how they get you, by the by, but that’s a rant oft repeated by the masses, so I won’t bother repeating it here.

My youngest son, who is seven, doesn’t get how cable works. This afternoon he asked his brother to turn on Spongebob. Big brother dutifully flipped over to Nick, but Spongebob wasn’t on. Little bro didn’t understand that. In his world, when you want to watch a show, you press a few magic buttons and that show plays commercial free and for as long as you like.

I find this fascinating.


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