When I was an active Mormon many years ago I taught a Sunday School class. Yes, it's hard to believe; that seems like a whole lifetime ago.
Anyway... I was teaching something about learning and I made the comment and encouragement for people to turn off the TV and to read more. One guy seemed offended and stated that he has learned more from TV than he could by reading a book. That comment has stuck with me since then. I still hold to my stance on this.
I may have mentioned this before but I don't have cable TV. I have an antenna; I only get the 4 or 5 basic channels and that's it! I do miss some cable shows like Animal Planet, AMC (so that I can watch Mad Men) and being able to watch Project Runway. But I can watch all of them on the Internet or buy/rent the DVDs. I did have cable TV many years ago and I found that I spent a great amount of time channel surfing. It seemed overwhelming with hundreds of channels to chose from. And I can see how much time could be wasted just watching stupid shit! There are shows I like to watch, but I turn the TV off and pick up a book.
I love to read! But about twenty years ago I hadn't picked up a book since I was in college. I made the decision to start reading again have not regretted it. I love mostly historical fiction but have read a good range of books. Currently I am reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I love the story and also love the concepts that he discusses. I don't like instructional books, but still have read a few.
What venue do y'all learn more from; TV or reading?