Today, my TV ratings box was removed. I'd had it for four years--after that, they go and find someone new.
No longer will I not feel satisfaction while not watching TV. No longer will I feel a sense of satisfaction when I don't watch Two and a Half Men. No longer will I feel I am earning a badge for culture by not watching the Big Bang Theory. No longer will I express my disinterest in reality TV by changing the channel when a commercial appears for whatever shred of talent show is currently on. No longer can I promote a strange trend by watching cartoons at nine in the evening. No longer when Tony Abbott appears can I change the channel in protest. No longer can I do the same thing when Julia Gilliard appears. Nor can I leave it on when Bob Brown or Bob Katter are present, promoting the idea that Australian males in their thirties only really want to listen to men named Bob, no matter their diverse opinions, ill thought or otherwise.
No more, no more.
The power is gone.
I never really watched TV, and I suspect that's why I ended up with a ratings box, because I was some small demographic, somewhere. But it was fun, the games you could play, if you gave it a little thought.