As you may know, Marc and I do not have "television". We do have a television but if I push the power button, nothing will happen. I won't see a list of 200 channels begging me to sit down and watch them. Nope, nothing really will happen when the power button is pressed.
We used to have all the television channels a person could want. But now we don't. Instead we watch shows online or via subscription services. This works for us - we watch what we're interested in.
But a strange side effect of this type of television viewing is a disconnectedness with popular culture, news, scandal, and other entertainment stuff. We find that we really don't know anything about the latest scandals/news regarding entertainment stars. We typically aren't aware of the newest movies coming out. We really are out of touch with the new televison shows. We are not subject to advertising.
Yes, we still have access to this "stuff" but because we choose what we want to watch and rely on the Internet and radio for staying up-to-date it is easy to ignore the noise and focus on only what we are interested in. I was initially worried that we'd miss out with not being able to sit down and turn on the television, but now it just seems completely normal. When we do find ourselves in a hotel room we both get a good television fix - typically we end up turning off the television because there is "nothing on".
We get our news from CBC Radio and online news sites.
We get our entertainment from books (read on our ereaders) and the Internet.
We still watch movies but rely on our friends to keep us up-to-date with the latest films out there.
We still watch bike racing but do so with the online live feeds.
I still watch Grey's Anatomy but do so online.
Are we missing out by not having television? I don't think so. I don't need to know about the latest episode of Big Brother or care to know about some short-lived celebrity wedding. I seek out what I want to know about instead. In fact, I think without television there is a lot less "noise" in my life - giving me/us a chance to focus on what really makes us happy and smiling.
(No, we didn't watch the Academy Awards last night. We watched the TinTin movie instead - it was very good. Though I did fall asleep and missed the last 45 minutes of it...)