says no. TV won't make you happy; it'll increase you're self-enclosure and alienation; there's always something better you could be doing. Reflections like these, at first, make me feel guilty, but finally I'm just annoyed. "You think you're better than me," I think, "just because you don't have a TV." How much of this reactionary crunchy complacency can one person take? My pedagogical reason for watching is in the hopes of having a minimalist common culture with my students, friends, and neighbors. That's why I sample AMERICAN IDOL, that wonderfully American mixture of wisdom (Simon) and consent (the 40 million who call in). Not only that, many experts think quite highly of the HBO series and miniseries, claiming they are as good or better than many an award-winning movie. Certainly there's a lot to think about on BIG LOVE, THE SOPRANOS, DEADWOOD, and even ENTOURAGE and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (just to name a few). It's also fun to make fun of the pretentious MAD MEN. And there's something to be said for both THE BIG BANG THEORY and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, although HOUSE and IN TREATMENT are, in fact, alienating. Not only that, you can watch movies on your TV, and only the priggiest prig is too good for good movies. But maybe I'm just a restless American in the midst of prosperity, envious of those content without electronic stimulation. Discuss among yourselves.