August 24, 2004

Well We Got One

One of those big ugly boxes that sit on your t.v. and bring you garbage from around the world.

Yeah, a satellite. Without such we can only get two stations in, poorly, and both are Arab stations, so the t.v. was never really used except for videos.

I could have done without the upgrade. I liked the idea of finally having no real t.v.

I could have done without it totally; no t.v., no videos, but my family wanted, and I was overruled on that a long time ago. Now I've been overruled on the satellite as well. So now we have over 200 channels and nothing on really.

The plus side is it can help with our Hebrew; many of the kids shows the children are accustomed to have been dubbed into Hebrew the children have an easier time figuring out what is going on an associating the words with concepts; learning the way any person would learn a first language. And then there are all the original Hebrew cartoons as well.; simple Hebrew, words and concepts repeated dozens of times; one begins to hear the words and common phrases.

But it is such a time waster, such a grabber of attention; can we use it just to learn and for the occasional vege days? When we are feeling too tired, or too ill to do much of anything? Or will it make us into vegetables? We had a hard time controlling it in USA; but then we were home more often and someone was always done with their work. The girls are both in school and they have all developed different "I'm bored" skills. The Artist is now reading; a skill that come hard to her as a dyslexic. They are finding friends; the Monkey will follow the Artist anywhere she goes (and often when she doesn't want her to follow.) Soon the boys will be out of the house most of the time. The Wit into the Army, the Agent into a program designed to help him get his GEDs, and then he will go into the Army as well. I'm working, my dh is gone most of the day.

So maybe it will be good.

Or maybe it will be too much money flushed down the drain helping us make mush of our brains.

I suppose it is a wait and see situation. Well, I'll lift my morning cup of joe in the hopes that it ends up being a benefit.

Here's to language acquisition via cartoons.

Posted by Rachel Ann at August 24, 2004 04:48 AM

Hmmm....sometimes I wish we had no t.v., especially because of the kids. They'd watch all day if I let them...naturally, I don't.

Congrats on the Satellite dish! :)

Posted by: Sheilah at August 24, 2004 06:18 AM

Can I come over?

Posted by: Beth at August 24, 2004 07:28 AM

Eldest daughter swears she grew up more normal than most because her T.V. viewing was limited to CBC (a primarily news channel) and a local channel. Among her peers, she has always suggested that those exposed to too many channels were lost and unable to find their own identity. And now, as an adult, when she meets new people who think radically different from herself, she often asks, "How many channels did you watch while growing up?"

Posted by: Roberta S at August 24, 2004 07:52 PM

It will show sports (yay!) and I bet you will be able to get some good cultural progamming (ballet, opera, etc.). It's a tool, you know? You make with it what you want if you are disciplined.

Posted by: RP at August 24, 2004 09:07 PM

Yes is the's addictive. We had it for a few months (I got it from work) but got rid of it. Bad bad bad.

Posted by: Kin at August 29, 2004 08:06 AM
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