I'm working on being performance oriented. I am, when it comes to speech and debate, but I got the "wow you must be smart!" as a kid and sauntered through high school without actually needing to do more than pay attention in class. Bit me in the ass in college.
TV hasn't been a huge part of my life for most of it. I grew up watching Lassie and Ren and Stimpy and old Merrie Melody cartoons while my mom, who worked a night job, slept in the mornings, but after my parents split and my mom wasn't getting home at four am everyday, that stopped. I still watched a lot of the Simpsons and Antiques Roadshow as I got older, but that was it, really. We didn't have cable, and the cartoons I would have liked to watch weren't on anymore. Then I got a laptop when I started college and I watched even less. I still watch Antiques Roadshow sometimes, or part of House or Community or the Office, but I don't think I've watched a whole TV show in years and my TV time adds up to maybe a few hours a year.
TV, does, I think, have its place as a cultural medium. My friends and I reminisce about Freakazoid and it provides connection to my parents, who joke about Foghorn Leghorn or Elmer Fudd sometimes. I get it, because I watched those old cartoons. My sisters are left in the dark, wondering why it's funny.
I think the issue is intelligent TV versus drivel. Freakazoid is fucking brilliant and Foghorn Leghorn is wonderful. Hannah Montana and Phil of the Future are brain dissolvers.