While reading this, I was nodding my head and saying "me too, me too" much of the time.
Actually, it's mostly been a gradual evolution, rather than a series of mortal decisions. I hadn't turned on my ancient analog TV in two years when I finally hauled it off to Best Buy to be recycled. When I do feel like seeing a movie in a theatre with others, I'm so frustrated by the lack of anything that looks remotely interesting that I wonder if the MPAA's prime anti-pirating strategy these days isn't to produce stuff that's so shitty, it isn't worth the time, bandwidth and hard drive space to torrent. Celebrity gossip? I have never understood the interest in that. (Well, I finally began to understand when I read We, the Spiteful in The Exiled.) Music CD's? Why? If I hear a tune I like, I can buy it off Amazon as an MP3. Yahoo News and its comments do hold a certain morbid interest to me, I admit, and I'll confess to using iGoogle as an RSS aggregater. I'm not exposed to Yahoo's ads because I use AdBlock Plus, NoScript and FlashBlock on Firefox, like a sane person. Most of what's on that RSS aggregater would strike the readers of NBC and ABC as "kooky", "extremist", scary, or just plain bizarrely specialized (who the hell cares about zoology or archaeology?)
It was while reading Middle-Earth Sockpuppet Theatre that I truly realized the Internet was going to offer me better and stranger entertainment than I had ever found on late-night TV or radio.
I continue to blog on LiveJournal, mainly because many of my friends are still there, and because with Semagic set up properly it's no trouble to post to LiveJournal, InsaneJournal and Dreamwidth simultaneously.