I quit TV and radio through the '80s as well, even into the '90s. Set up a raw Brooklyn loft space in '89 and advertised for a roommate, stating "no TV". People would call saying they would bring a TV, and we'd say we don't want a TV in the place. They often got very upset by the idea of no TV! Didn't go back to TV culture until right after 9/11. As for Orwell, I read 1984 in 1984.