A commenter on the Steps to Restoration thread wanted to add “Smash your television!” to the list. I heartily approve, and toward that end I recommend this article by Fr. John D. Fullerton (SSPX, I know) on the evils of television. The author recalls the prophetic warning of Pope Pius XII in Miranda Prorsus:
“For these new possessions and new instruments which are within almost everyone’s grasp, introduce a most powerful influence into men’s minds, both because they can flood them with light, raise them to nobility, adorn them with beauty, and because they can disfigure them by dimming their luster, dishonor them by a process of corruption, and make them subject to uncontrolled passions, according as the subjects presented to the senses in these shows are praiseworthy or reprehensible.
In the past century, advancing technical skill in the field of business frequently had this result: machines, which ought to serve men, when brought into use rather reduced them to a state of slavery and caused grievous harm.
Likewise today, unless the mounting development of technical skill, applied to the diffusion of pictures, sounds and ideas is subjected to the sweet yoke of the law of Christ, it can be the source of countless evils, which appear to be all the more serious, because not only material forces but also minds are unhappily enslaved. And man’s inventions are, to that extent, deprived of those advantages which in the design of God’s Providence ought to be their primary purpose.”
Television might be – in theory – redeemable and put to good use. But practically speaking it is just too late: the whole project is in the sewer. Furthermore, the dangers of the medium itself far outweigh the meagre benefits you might gain from catching a good show now and then. Some people tell me they have a television so they can watch EWTN or documentaries on the History Channel. Along the same lines, I suppose they read Playboy magazine just for the articles. Good luck with that.