PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES: The vices and virtues of television ee^

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By Kirsten Laskey

TV can be a real hazard – a roadblock on the path toward accomplishing any item on a to-do list. I’ve known people who avoid the contraption altogether because it makes them drift away from productivity. As a child, I took an art class at the local recreation center and I remember the teacher proudly commented her TV was stowed away in a closet and was only brought out in times of dire need – to watch landmark events in action or the newest big disaster.

But there are others who view TV in a different light. It’s a necessity; a home is not complete without it. When one of my roommates in college became pregnant and subsequently dropped out of school, she took everything from a jug of bleach to her shiny, black TV with her. During this event, my other roommate was overly concerned about replacing the television. Where would she find one, my roommate wondered and how much would it cost?

For me, I see the device’s virtues and vices.  

When I am alone in my apartment, I usually turn on the TV to avoid doing whatever it is I am supposed to being doing.

But in the company of family, the TV transforms into something else.  

As a kid, my family and I would gather around the set and guffaw over the sitcoms “Perfect Strangers” and “The Cosby Show.”

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