OK, so enough of the depressing reality of the TV programmed "good citizens". You want to know how to free yourself from that hell.
Let's get practical. Here are Skald's easy steps to mental freedom:
1. Unplug the TV
Cancel your cable service. Destroy the satellite dish. Never-- NEVER -- watch TV again.
2. Don't read or watch the "news" in any form
Don't read the newspaper. Don't read news websites. Don't listen to news radio (no, not NPR either!). Thoreau was absolutely right about the "news"-- its trivia and government/corporate spin.... it is designed not to inform you, but to make you fearful, powerless, and passive.
BUT HOW WILL I STAY INFORMED, you ask? The answer:
But maybe you are wondering, "What will I do with all my "free time" if I don't watch TV, or read the newspaper?"
Here's a short list of ideas:
Read books that challenge and inspire
Meet with friends and talk
Go to a meeting of interesting people
Practice the guitar, bass, drums, singing,....
Write a journal
Start your own microbusiness
Learn a language
Plan a big trip
Ride a motorcycle
Get a massage
Go to a spa or hotspring
Go to the gym
Watch a documentary
Make a documentary
Write a blog ;)