TV Free Childhood


This is a response to an exercise that can be found at  It is Technology Exercise #2.

If television and movies were never invented, my family and I would have spent the evenings of my childhood telling stories, reading books, playing make believe games, and sometimes going to the theater.  We did all of those already, so this would not have changed our family dynamic that much.  What would have changed our family dynamic is putting on shows for each other; puppet shows and one or two person shows.  That would have made us more open and comfortable about interacting with each other.  This is probably wishful thinking; it was not because of TV that my parents divorced, but anything that helps with open communication would have at least made them more likely to stay together.  That’s part of the reason I think activities like this are important for families today, even, and perhaps especially, with movies and TV.


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