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So, this "television" I've heard of. Does it deserve the term "idiot box"? Should children be banned from watching it for their own good?

Not in theory. It's not the television that turns brains into swiss cheese, it's the television programs. Of course kids would be better off reading a book than watching reruns of some reality TV show, but there are plenty of good stations. For example, there was a study to find out how much television really affected kids. The great majority of evidence pointed towards the "swiss cheese brains" end of the spectrum, but kids who watched certain educational shows (e.g. Sesame Street) actually developed positively.

So basically I hate it when people say things like "don't watch television, it'll turn your brain into mush and has no value". While most television and too much television will probably do that, not all of the TV programs are bad. The problem with TV is that it takes no effort to watch it, so people are content to watch any old crap. When I'm feeling depressed, I turn on the TV and tune out, so that my brain is occupied and amused wihout much effort. But there are educational shows, such as the history channel, or shows that demand attention and create excitement, such as thriller/mystery/dramas like 24 or Lost.

As long as you actually have some care in choosing what you watch, instead of just settling back on the couch and channel surfing lazily when you don't feel like thinking, there's no reason to avoid the boob tube like the plague.

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News and More News

Tinydasha, I'm sorry that I haven't been critiquing your essays, but I had nothing new to say. Every thing you needed to know in order to improve your essays I had already stated when you first started posting them. However, it's very important for me to check your work for repetition or redundancies. In your latest essay, you had two consectutive sentences starting with "Furthermore".

Anyway, here's something I want you to do. If you find any news item that are interesting, post the link and your opinion. I want to generate some discussion or this community will go the way of Terri Shiavo.

Is there anything you want to dicuss right now? It would be especially good if you're Republican, because it seems like I never get to hear what the other has to say, just fellow liberals complaining about decisions. I'm primed to discuss politics.

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The Application

~The Application of DOOM~

Things to Know About Me

Name: This is not your real name, just what you wish to be called. Give a reason for the nickname, even if it’s your real name. Odin. I am called that because it sounds cool, and my parents named me that after my grandfather.

Miscellaneous Stuff: Post whatever you want about yourself. You don’t have to tell us your age, gender, religion et cetera unless you want to, but you must say something. I am 13 years old, Jewish, and in 9th grade. I used to stalk Gwen Stefani. I swore on the grave of my parents to fight crime.

Favorite Things: Post your favorite things, though they don’t have to be normal favorites like color, band, et cetera. Just post your favorite something. Tell us why. Singer: Gwen Stefani, because she kicks ass. Actor: Johnny Depp, because he's hot. Dictator: Adolf Hitler, because he's a total babe. Food: human brains, because they're delicious.

Least Favorite Things: Things that piss you off or annoy you. Singer: Gwen Stefani, because she has a bad voice. Actor: Johnny Depp, because he's too popular. Dictator: Adolf Hitler, because the Holocaust totally sucked. Food: human brains, because they're slimy.

Picture: Do not, under any circumstances, post an actual picture of yourself. Post a picture representing yourself instead. It has to relate to you in some way, but it can’t be you. We’re not shallow snobs who care too much for outer beauty, we’re intelligent snobs who think we’re much better at talking and un-shallower than everybody else. I am posting this abstract painting of a flower because it represents the empty emptiness of existence and my own inner torment. I am posting this photograph of a puppy because I think puppies are adorable. I am posting this photo of Adolf Hitler because he is my idol. I am posting this picture of my boyfriend because I love him.

My Opinions

Post your opinions on three different subjects. They can be whatever you're most passionate about. Three paragraphs would be good, but you can have less or more as long as the quality is better than the quantity.

Final Statement

Write anything you want, anything at all. Rant, rave, gush, fan girl, ask for homework help, beg for forgiveness, post an essay you wrote, post a fan fiction you wrote, post pornographic pictures, what ever you want.