Dec 032010

So Congress wants to ban loud TV ads.    I personally have no problem with loud TV ads.   It’s the idiots who are on television in between the ads who are too loud for me, so I watch none of it.

Well, I did watch election night coverage once, back in 1982.   And I sometimes join my wife in watching Big Ten football or basketball.

The bad part is that sometimes I’m inflicted with television noise in public places where it doesn’t belong:   MacDonalds, the jury waiting room,  hospital waiting rooms, gas stations.   THAT is a public health hazard and it is offensive.

When it comes to banning things, I usually prefer social controls to federal government corruption and bureaucracy.   But if government can’t get over its urge to ban things, it should channel its energies in a useful direction.  It should ban TV in public places.   Governments already ban smoking in hospitals and retail establishments.   What’s the point of doing that and allowing a public health nuisance like TV?

  • Albert

    I don’t know about hospitals, I have waited with some friends who had someone going through surgery that took5 or 6 hours and the TV was a nice distraction to the worry of how or if the patient would survive. In general I agree, I hate TV in McDonalds and other eating establishments

  • Reticulator


    They could have separate TV and non-TV waiting rooms, like they used to have for smoking in restaurants. Or they could provide headsets for those who want to listen.

    If they don’t have TV noise outlawed by the next time I have to wait in the Battle Creek hospital systems waiting room, I think I’ll take the ear protectors we use with the lawn mower. Maybe that will work to keep some of the stupidity from reaching my ears.

    The BC hospital is an extreme case, I think. Borgess in Kalamazoo has TVs, but they don’t have them in every nook and cranny. You can at least put a little distance between you and them. Or it may have been a difference between the surgery waiting room and other types of waiting rooms.

    But it’s gotten so I seldom listen to the radio in the car, either. Either I listen to an audio book or else the voices in my head.


  • Albert

    Yea, Our hospital in Norfolk had quiet rooms where you could go.

    In the car we usually listen to CDs german , amish , 60’s music ( all three not one type )