Posted On: Monday - November 29th 2021 5:10PM MST
In Topics:   TV, aka Gov't Media  Curmudgeonry
(I would have put up an image in which the TV had talking heads on, but this is the best I could find on short notice.)
This is why Peak Stupidity will never run out of stupidity to write about. It's called the TV, aka, "the idiot box" for the old-timers, but now on this blog, more appropriately "the idiot plate" due to flat-screen technology. Just 30 minutes in the gym each week seems to have gotten me 5 blog posts!
So that's how these bloggers do it! Then there's Steve Sailer, who gets his multiple daily post ideas much of the time from reading the on-line New York Times and Atlantic in his closet office. That's a bridge too far for this guy - I'll take the occasional bit of unwanted TV, thank you very much.
This is yet another post about boring events at the gym, but I promise you I have nothing about which to bad mouth the machines themselves.* The thing is, I can't always work out with the wall-mounted TV off. Physically I can, but with others in the room, often I can't for social reasons. Even the makers of the exercise machines themselves seem to really, really want us to watch TV, on their screens. Some of the best Precor brand machines do this, putting some TV in the background behind the work-out numbers, but I finally figured out how to nip that in the bud 2 years ago.
A couple working out were the only others in this gym. Since the remote control was located conveniently in the cup holder of the bike machine I was setting up on, I just clicked that OFF button. Haha, at first the two did not know what hit 'em. "What happened?" "I dunno, it just went off like THAT." Well, I cannot tell a lie... I mean, since they would go looking for that remote, and it would have gotten quite uncomfortable after a while hiding it under the only place I could think of ... "I just turned it off. Do you need it on?"
It seemed like they needed the TV on to do anything. I'll modify that some, because the woman did say a minute or two later, as they clicked around, "if we had some music, that'd be OK too." I get the idea of good music, maybe high-energy rock, to keep one in the mood. I'd just rather think my own thoughts, and keep up with how I'm doing, doable with the right kind of music, I suppose.
What this made me think about regarding those who want that TV on is "do they not like to live with the thoughts in their own heads?" Is that what it's about for the people that have the TV on in their homes throughout the day. I personally CAN'T STAND IT. It's simply inane.
The first thing that came on when one of the two of this work-out couple turned the TV on was, and I swear I'm not making this up: "What will happen to Madonna's dog?" See what I mean?
* We don't have a separate topic key for the exercise machine stupidity, but you will find them under the Artificial Stupidity topic key. That's due to the problems I have with them being electronics/software in nature.