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CounterIntuitive Man says...Of course TV is addictive!

Leave your TV off for two whole days! Can you?!

Watch... what happens without TV!

You'll feel terrible pangs of withdrawal, proving TV is addictive!

See how your mind keeps reaching for the remote!

Don't cheat and watch videos on your computer, but you'll want to!

Especially don't watch in glimpses while a family member watches!

Get them to do it too -- but boy is that ever hard -- be prepared for WWIII!

You'll hit the fridge repeatedly, like an addict going for cold turkey!

With luck, you'll clean up all the piles of things you've accumulated around your home!

You might actually go outside, and experience the world, take a walk even!

All the books and magazines you've been meaning to read, you'll read some!

Your brain will start getting exercise, and you'll remember what that's like!

You will start to actively think, instead of passively absorbing!

It will feel strange, but strangely satisfying, even as you crave some TV!

But -- you won't do any of this because the addiction is so strong!

The rationalizations you'll come up with, well, try writing them down!

They will amaze you, and it's OK to write down the same ones over and over!

Because that's how the TV addiction works, it's amazing!

When you tell yourself you're missing the news, remember you know it's not news!

You know the news is trumped up vacuous propaganda or worse, yet you miss it!

If you succeed for the full 48 hours, write me and tell me how it went!

And if you have already broken the habit, don't bother writing!

Just enjoy being free.


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