Cable addiction leads to ignorance

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 April, 2005, 12:00am

I love cable TV. I'm a typical child of the modern world because, much as I need my daily dose of

the internet, I go crazy without cable.

If my friends hadn't see me for three days, they would know that I lost my internet and cable TV at the same time and, as a result, died from withdrawal.

There's only one problem with cable TV - you get to avoid the news. Now, this might not sound like a problem, but it can be.

You can sit and watch nothing but Discovery Channel or football all day long.

It's not a problem if you read the paper every day.

But if you're like me and hardly ever read anything but the comics section, you could go for weeks or months without knowing what's happening in the world.

I have no idea what happened in the world yesterday, but I can tell you how to catch poisonous snakes in Australia or make furniture from waste materials.

Discovery taught me!

For example, I had not been aware of anti-China protests in Taiwan until recently. What's shocking about it was that I was in Taiwan when all this was happening.

My friends and I were watching HBO in the hotel room. We didn't know what was going on out there, but we watched six or seven movies,and a lot of rugby.

Now that I see where my problems lie, I'm going to find a solution.

I'm not willing to give up the fun of the internet and cable TV, so I will have to solve my problems by ordering BBC on cable and going to

Isn't it ironic?

Cable TV and the internet are the sources as well as solutions to problems in our lives.