You don’t have a television either?
No, for..7, 8 years.
Why did that happen? How did that happen? Did you just decide one
day to throw it out the window?
Heh…no, erm...when I came to Germany, erm…I had had a T..TV back
in the UK..erm..and my girlfriend in Germany didn’t
have a TV and we didn’t see any reason to buy one. Erm..I didn’t
speak German, so there was nothing that I could’ve
watched and had much from..erm…and..erm..she had never had a TV and
didn’t see the point.
Ours died. We had a TV …erm…for quite a few years. One day it
stopped working. We agreed that we needed to buy another TV…erm…and
we argued about the size of the screen. I wanted a big screen
to watch the football games, and widescreen TV with the speakers…the
Surround sound speakers. And in the end we said
okay, we’ll…we’ll wait for a few months. And six months passed with
no TV. We found that we went to the cinema more often. We t..we
spoke to each other…we listened to music…
The lost art of conversation…
….exactly! And really, our life improved a lot; erm…socially and as
a couple. So, we..we’ve been without a TV now for probably 6
or 7 years.
Fantastic. It’s much nicer
without a TV, you do actually speak to one another, you maybe play
board games in the evening, you go walking or, like you say,y.. you
speak to people, you develop a social life rather than vegetating in
front of the screen.
And I don’t know if you agree, but I actually think that there’s
some mild manipulation and brainwashing involved, especially
with the advertisements…
Oh completely, yeah.
…that they throw in, and the type of sitcom programmes…comedy
With product placements in everything with encouragement
for certain for political parties or…yeah.
And some of the programmes are mindless, th…the…they’re just…..
Almost all of them!
…..you sit there like a vegetable.
Completely mindless, yeah…