I sympathize with Piper:
- One more smaller concern with TV (besides its addictive tendencies, trivialization of life, and deadening effects): It takes time. I have so many things I want to accomplish in this one short life. Don’t waste your life is not a catchphrase for me; it’s a cliff I walk beside every day with trembling.
TV consumes more and more time for those who get used to watching it. You start to feel like it belongs. You wonder how you could get along without it. I am jealous for my evenings. There are so many things in life I want to accomplish. I simply could not do what I do if I watched television. So we have never had a TV in 40 years of marriage (except in Germany, to help learn the language). I don’t regret it.
Addiction to entertainment is a dangerous, dangerous thing, even if the entertainment doesn't contain explicitly sinful content. Christians have got to start thinking really seriously about our movie and t.v. intake.
Perhaps the one thing I would add to Piper's concerns is that in general I find that people who watch lots of movies and feel deeply moved by them tend to go watch more movies and keep feeling deeply moved, rather than do something about the issues that move them. My evidence for this is anecdotal and it is not true for everyone I know like this. My point is to urge real caution.
Read Piper's whole piece. It's helpful.