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TV-less fan

June 30, 2008


Must say that I am very glad that Germans didn’t win Euro. The mere fact that I did not watch a single game really does not make me a true fan of the sport but it does not mean that I didn’t have an opinion on the subject. Why didn’t I watch the games? Well, first of all we don’t have a TV. Or I should say, we don’t care to have a TV. Perhaps you can call it reverse snobism of a sort but unlike people who obsessively buy giant plasma/LCD TV sets, our living room is (for now) “screen-less”, a fact that rarely escapes our mostly amased first-time visitors.
But back to football, one thing is sure, it does have beneficial effects on social communication – you have probably noticed the ease with which you can strike politer conversation with people you hardly know, from grocery store seller to your new taciturn next door neighbor. And those little stickers of football players that kids collect adorn the basement doors in apartment buildings for years to come.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2008 8:18 am

    Good for you not having a TV. I think that it’s strange that so many people have the TV as the centre point of their main room. There used to be time when the living room was for conversation.

    There used to be a time when people were so practiced at conversation that they didn’t need to talk about sports. Instead they used to effortlessly talk about ideas.

  2. July 6, 2008 11:11 pm

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Not to mention what it does to conversation when people leave their TV set on when you come to visit them. I really hate that.

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