I watched the 3rd episode of this great series by Charlie Brooker. He articulates so well what I have felt for years about TV and lots of other things. All three episodes, but especially this one, just say everything about why I got rid of my TV 5 years ago. I used to feel physically and spiritually sick from a lot of the shit on it. And people just lap it up, think it's real and can't see they are being conned in so many ways. Since having a TV I feel so much better about the world and myself. I hope I don't sound too smug. I just don't want to do things that make me feel bad. Now I get the best of both worlds - I just pick the few things I really want to watch and can ignore most of the other crap (altho' I do have a guilty pleasure in some crime drama!). Joe and I talk to each other more, I read more, and just do more stuff. I can thoroughly recommend it. Your life will improve if you shake off the shackles of TV and face the fear of being TV-less - it's ace.
You can watch the programme here