Tim Wiederaenders: Learn to tune it or turn it off | Opinion


The last time I sat in my recliner and watched TV was the week ending July 30, 1998. Yes, July 31, we moved into our house in Williamson Valley and have elected not to subscribe to cable or satellite services.

The main reason was that I needed all the time I could for projects involving more than two acres, animals, mowing, a garden, etc. One of the underlying reasons was my loathing for ads promoting tampons and condoms, as well as the sexual content on TV in general.

Over the years, I have seen similar commercials on TV with family and friends touting Viagra or its generic equivalents and other “personal” issues. Now I hear these commercials – I know, “where have you been, Tim?” ” – on the radio.

One of those weeks was about prostate issues, telling men “if you go to the bathroom and sit there for minutes, rather than seconds … you need this product.”

I’m so sick of three things:

• He is getting older. I don’t need to hear about these things while eating my lunch, … relaxing at home, … working in the yard, …

• The desensitization of society. God forbid, our children can be educated about these issues and products in a correct way, say from their parents.

• How people seem to think they know more than their doctors. That’s right, you listen to some of this stuff and you realize that someone won’t just bring it to their doctor’s attention – they’ll be arguing, “I have XYZ disease (insert your favorite disease). “

“Why do you say that?”

“I saw it on television (or heard it on the radio). “

They believe this because they have these symptoms, or are sure that what they have read or heard indicates them.

We have the Internet and some streaming services (they’re cheaper than cable or satellite). But I always prefer to turn off the TV (or the radio or the computer). If I don’t like the ads or the programs, yes I can turn them off or off.

As for the doctors, that is why we are asking for a second and a third opinion. Maybe someone will have a different approach, a specialty, or a better philosophy. (It’s like needing a mechanic for your vehicle, only worse.)

However, remember, we are not the experts here. The chair quarterback isn’t a substitute for the real thing… like years and years of education, except in a world of covid, I guess.

Tim Wiederaenders is a former resident of Lake Havasu City and editor of the Prescott Daily Courier, a publication affiliated with Today’s News-Herald.


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