We have come for your children
Everybody’s sitting round watching television.
I got a TV eye on you.
The idiot box. The goggle box. The boob tube. Telly. We all know it, and it is surely the most iconic invention of the last 100 years. I despise it for the hold it has on culture. Apparently, increasing numbers of people in the UK are cancelling their TV licences. This is thrilling news.
I remember once calling the licencing people in the UK to inform them that I had moved into an apartment, and had received a demand for the television licence fee. I explained that I had no television set, and therefore had no need to pay a fee. The tone of the Scottish woman I spoke to was skeptical and rude. The skepticism came when I informed her I didn’t use that particular cretinous opiate – good name for a band – and the rudeness came when I mentioned as an aside that I had no need for a television as I had a plentiful supply of books. She warned me that there could be visits to my apartment to check that I had no such device. I told her I would put the kettle on.
TV is mentally and intellectually carcinogenic. It is also the main weapon of the state against freedom of both thought and speech. It is a malicious nest of bias, with the BBC leading the charge. Consign your idiot box to the dustbin of history, today at the latest. If you don’t have a dustbin of history, a regular dustbin is adequate.