When I was a little kid, there was no cable TV. We had just a handful of channels (2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13). Choices were simple, you had your soaps, cartoons and educational stuff (on PBS) and game shows in the day time, in the evening there was news, sitcoms, drama, Monday Night Football, and the occasional mini series; PBS has old fart artsy shit (which I now occasionally watch). Looking back and at what I watch now, and how I watch it (we didn't have a VCR until the early 80's and of course, there was no TIVO), I can't imagine how I survived (LOL).
The landscape of TV has changed so dramatically in such a short period of time but I wonder if the current version of the medium really is "better" than the old days. I clearly enjoy the vast array of choices but I know that I watch way too much TV. I constantly question if I would be more productive in other areas were it not for my TV essentials. Would I write more? Read more? Do things in the house that need doing?