Image 6: I'm going to be very blunt here...I despise television. The TV was always on in my parent's house when I was growing up. It was turned on before my mom could put her bags down or take her coat off when she got home from work. It was on during every meal. It was on loud enough for me to hear all the words from whatever show was on when I tried to go to sleep. I had to ask my folks almost nightly to lower the volume, so I could fall asleep. Half the time, people were sleeping in front of it anyway.
I have lived without a television in my own home for years and have never wondered what to do with my time.
I feel the grip television has on the people in this country is unhealthy and likely the single largest reason America is in the position it is in today. If a person spends 8-10 hours a day at work and averages five hours per day in front of a TV, when have they talked to their family, or friends? When have they had an original thought or time to reflect on a problem or to learn something new?
I got the idea that if we put our own families on TV, we could spend time with them, know what they are up to, what they are thinking. We could laugh when something is funny, cry when something is sad. We could know what's up in their lives and still never have to talk with them in person.
The negative effects on our families and our communities are literally life changing and this does not even address the issues of the massive amounts consumption for which commercial television is responsible.
The proofs in Images 6, 7, 8 and 9 are hand printed silkscreens and show some of my childhood pictures on television. One picture is from my first birthday, one is from Easter and so on...