First, it is not a philosophy. I am married to an honest-to-goodness philosoper. You should go check what a philosophy is before labeling something as such.
It is not irresponsible to turn off the TV, possibly putting on another channel where the programming is better. Perhaps I should have said, “And don’t turn on that program again.” If one is not watching it, then the ratings go down. Certain niche cable channels die on the vine because of this.
A TV is not a necessity to life, BTW. People live without them all the time.
Is it better to let this stuff seep into your house? I don’t think so. Responsible people watch TV responsibly. That means controlling what the “one-eyed monster” transmits.
I, personally, cannot run to everybody’s home and tell them what to watch and what not to watch. They have free will. It is not my place to tell them “no” when they have their own consciences.
However, I can turn off my TV and make sure I don’t watch what I don’t want to watch and feel is morally harmful. I do it all the time. I don’t watch “Rescue Me.” I don’t watch AMC period, ever since they started commercials way back when. I don’t watch LOGO! I don’t watch BYU TV, which is also part of my package.
There are other things to do besides watch TV. Catch up on all those little household chores. Play games. Read. Learn to knit or crochet or woodwork. Grow an herb garden. Pray for people who fly off the handle and don’t read all of a post, hurting one’s feelings.
And it is certainly not irresponsible to tell that station why you are not watching whatever they throw at people. How will they know who is watching what? Nielsen only reaches so many households. If they know enough people are not watching, they will make changes.
It is also **not **irresponsible to tell the station what one does like, if anything, about their programming. Even if all that’s said is, “Thank you for your opinion” they have been told (not necessarily listening, but told).
For that matter, one should also tell the cable company or satellite company what isn’t watched in one’s home and why, and what is watched. Mine hears from me every quarter.
One should tell sponsors of such TV programming as well. Spnsors want their product seen. If nobody is watching the show, the sponsors are not going to continue to sponsor.
It is really easy to come on a site such as CAF and say “ain’t it awful” and accuse others of not doing their duty to their neighbor. It is another thing entirely to try to do something about it. Turning off the TV, in hand with complaining about content on a station, both to the station and the feed provider, seems to me extremely responsible.