No, we didn't kill our television. It still sits wedged in a corner between the windows. Instead, we killed the cable.
Back in September, we did the unthinkable--we canceled our cable tv service. Despite being in the midst of Phillies baseball playoffs, we survived, and it actually wasn't too bad. I liken getting rid of cable to my move toward vegetarianism in my early 20s, in that I was never a big steak and burgers type of gal, so it was an easy step getting rid of meat. Same goes for television and movies. I'm really just not that into them, save for the 6 seasons of LOST and episodes of Mad Men, which I actually watched via Netflix anyway.
As a person who spends much of her media time online, it seemed pointless to keep the cable. While we don't forbid television for Soren, in fact he has a small DVD collection that he enjoys and is not bored with (yet), I think it's better for his access to entertainment to be limited. I kind of take a sick pleasure in knowing that we're setting him up to be one of "those kids" at school, not knowing about Sponge Bob, etc.
It's actually easier to control the media that he consumes, and it's great not having seductive commercials creating desire in all of us where it doesn't yet exist. And why is it that commercials are always a thousand times louder than the programs? Oh yeah, to hammer themselves audibly into our heads.
Our next step is to most likely get a Roku box, which would allow us to watch things online via the television set. My friend has one, and their family really likes it. Anyone else have experience with it?