This One Is For You, Paul Gowder!

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8 Responses

  1. Doug H. says:

    I got rid of cable about 3 or 4 years ago. It was a great decision; I waste a lot less time watching TV. Of course, I waste more time reading blogs like this….

    The one thing I would point out is if you are a sports fan, as I am, not having cable makes following sports a lot more difficult. I think that was my biggest adjustment.

  2. Paul Gowder says:

    I confess, the great Cable TV debate is more interesting — and more likely to produce some information of import to someone, somewhere — than endless partisan evidence-free talking-head poo-throwing about whether the evil activist judges are evil and activist on the left or the right. I’m sure there are better things to shut up about. It may not even be overly difficult to find them.

  3. Bruce says:

    I’m slowly de-technologizing. I gave up the Blackberry a year ago, then cable and the DVR this summer, the gaming rig is sitting unplugged in a corner, my cell phone broke several weeks ago and my Palm is out of charge. Next stop: no electricity. Maybe I’ll use candles to write an elaborate manifesto for the New York Times on how technology is destroying our lives and we should all start making things out of wood.

  4. Elizabeth Nowicki says:

    See, this is an OUTSTANDING topic, if I do say so myself!

    Bruce, congratulations on not letting the world of technology run your life. The image of you writing your manifesto by candlelight made me laugh out loud. And, actually, you have inspired me – I had forgotten that I don’t have a cell phone, yet I am still functional. If I can make it without a cell phone, I should be able to make it without t.v. . . . And, actually, giving up the blackberry when I left the firm was a RELIEF.

    Doug, thanks for the warning about sports. Hopefully you have been able to find what you need in a sports bar or something. Which raises a good point: I might want to go to the gym (or to a pub with t.v.s) when something good is on cable so that I can watch it there.

  5. Drop the cable, I say. It’s the equivalent of having a collaborative filter whose threshold is set extremely high. You only wind up watching those shows that have been vetted and thought highly of (a) by people you know who persuasively encourage you to see it, and (b) by enough people to result in the show being available on DVD. That combination results in high average quality of shows actually watched.

  6. Without cable, how does one watch “CSI”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, and “The 4400”? (FYI, amongst communications theorists this is known as “The Cable Shmable Paradox”.)

  7. Antiquated Tory says:


    You mean “watch legally/without broadband,” right?

  8. Naturally, one cannot advocate lawbreaking on a law blog. Though ironically, I was just about to write a post on Law and Society Blog about how much I like to light hobos on fire.