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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

cable television  

posted by Michael Piwonka 7:51 AM
I had an interesting conversation with Allie yesterday as we drove home from her weekly allergy shot.

For some reason, we started a conversation about the various cartoons that the kids are watching, and Allie commented that she found cartoons like Bugs Bunny to be somewhat boring. I told her that that one was of my favorites when I was growing up, along with Rocky and Bullwinkle, among others. (And no, I'm not talking about that stupid movie that came out a couple years ago; it was merely based on the heretofore perfect cartoon.)

Allie eventually asked how many cartoon channels I had when I was a kid. She likes watching cartoons on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, or any of the several Disney channels.

I explained that we not only didn't have cable, we had only about 3 broadcast channels with poor reception. She was confused.

What did you do all day?

I explained that I did what she does when the cable goes out (which is increasingly rare, by the way). Except that she can just put on a DVD if the cable is out, but I won't go into that.

Those three channels carried a variety of programming, so I might only be able to watch cartoons on Saturday morning (and perhaps in the afternoon after school). We didn't have the specialization in programming that the multitude of channels afford us today.

Then I explained that we're getting more channels every day. ESPN was probably the original all-sports channel, but is now competing with numerous others (and has several different channels of their own). And now there are very specific sports channels, such as NBA TV and the amazingly boring Golf Channel.

But it gets even worse. Now it's all in High Definition.

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