In defense of censorship
September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Just in case my aspirations at semi-minimalism may have led you to believe that I am a Liberal, let me correct you … when it comes to standards for myself, I am ultra conservative. I avoid commercial television like the plague. I avert my eyes from all of the popular magazines in the grocery check-out lines. I haven’t watched broadcast news in 16 years (with the exception of 9/11). Yep, I’m a censor. For myself.
There are down-sides to my personal censorship. I am hopelessly out-of-the-loop when it comes to pop culture. I have excluded myself from these sources for so long now that I don’t know who most of the people gracing the covers of the checkout-line magazines are. When conversations in social settings turn to TV shows, they might as well be talking football, because it’s all Greek to me.
I like to think of self-censorship as a form of minimalism — leaving space in my mind for things that I love instead of unnecessary stuff. So I will pass on the latest Dancing With Survivors and instead watch something I love. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, commercial-free from Netflix. (I’m not telling you what to watch.)