Dan Safkow says starting Sunday (Dec. 31), hes giving up all forms of home entertainment, i.e. TV, radio, DVD and CDs, and only listening to podcasts for one year as part of a media protest and part of a lifestyle experiment. To remove temptation, hes donating his TV and DVD player and radios to Goodwill.
Safkow says hes been disenchanted with the quality of programming for a long time and even left an open letter to entertainment moguls Rupert Murdoch from News Corp and Robert Igar of Disney on his website podcastyear.com hoping to shake up the industry.
Safkow doesnt figure hell get bored with podcasts. In his words, Entertainment for me is seeking them out.
Safkow wont exactly be going cold turkey. He says he hasnt watched TV for a long time and hes been slowly phasing out from media anyway.
And he doesnt expect to get bored with podcasts, because as he puts it, Theres far more programming than I can listen to.
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