November 12, 2009
Something is wrong with this picture.
This (above) is part of one of my friend's Facebook updates this morning.
In the last year I know tons -- at least a dozen -- of people around my age, mid-level professionals in media, who've canceled their cable or gotten rid of their televisions because they can't afford it.
I don't know why I find this so shocking, but I think it's crazy.
It's nuts that in the United States of America, mid-level professionals, people who went to top-ten universities, hold graduate degrees, and are well-known (and even a little famous) in their fields can't afford tv in New York. I mean, I know that there are greater crises in this country -- hardly anyone can afford out-of-pocket health insurance or healthcare, tons of people can't afford to feed their families, millions of people are losing their homes because they can't afford their mortgage payments... but what's crazy about the TV phenomenon is that it's, well, TV -- it's practically a national pasttime. And it used to be free.
Even in the third world, people can afford TV. And employed, middle-class New Yorkers with "good jobs" can't afford to make a cable payments every month?
There is something very wrong here. Either with salaries or cable prices or both.