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April 22nd, 2001

TV Turnoff Week

Sunday, April 22 2001

Last year, TV Turnoff Week began on this day. Today it begins again, and I encourage you to give it a try once again.

The whole concept behind the week, to me, is to acknowledge TV’s rightful place in our society: an entertainment medium, nothing more. But for lots of people, TV is the dominant force. Think about it: we do schedule parties around TV shows and the like (it makes TV social), yet we often fail to see that this results in six or eight people staring at a glass tube for an hour or so. There’s juuuust a little more that you can be doing. Go outside. Take a walk. Read a book. Draw. Paint. Post a comment on the Ping.

That said, Meg brings up a very solid point. Adbusters heads up the campaign, and the intentions are all good, but situations like hers aren’t defined. I like to watch movies on TV; does that mean I’m breaking the concept? I can easily go a week without watching any TV, as I did it last year.

Maybe then, TV Turnoff Week isn’t just about turning off the television, and maybe it doesn’t need rules. Maybe you should make up your own. Now that, I like. -pm

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Terry M.
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 1:57:11AM
I've never owned a TV in my life, although at a couple of points in the past, I've lived with roommates who did (and 18 years with my parents!).

The easiest way to get around the whole movies dilemma is just to watch DVD's on your computer. Then there's no ambiguity. That's a large part of how I have managed the whole no TV thing. (I've gotten very used to watching movies on a 19" monitor sitting in an office chair).

Since I have no TV to turn off I might try computer turn-off week. Now THAT would be interesting. Most computer activities (surfing the web, hacking perl scripts, playing games, reloading stock quotes every 2 seconds, IM'ing, chatting, most e-mail) are just as braindead as TV is.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 10:11:24AM
Of note, via MetaFilter.

DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 2:19:16PM
Of course the funny thing about TVTOW is that only the people who are already conscious of television's effects are the ones turning off. The folks who are *really* anesthetized, slaves to continuous advertisements, modeling their lives after Friends, those folks have never heard of TVTOW.

Maybe if it were advertised on TV...

FROM: Tina
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 2:59:34PM

Just because I got my hair cut just like Rachel's on "Friends", actually bought a few K-tel albums advertised on TV with names like "Starfire" and "80's Forever", and think that infomercials are really underrated doesn't mean I'm addicted to TV.....does it? :)

Hey, when you own more books than your neighborhood library -- that's my real problem. Believe me, I just moved my apartment today and I almost regretted buying all those hardcovers. TV is an afterthought.....

FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday April 22, 2001 -- 6:29:52PM
This would be a more effective plan if the TV junkies of the world had their TV's turned off for them.

Has anyone else seen that old Tom the Dancing Bug strip where the guy's life completely changes after the cable goes out? It's a brilliant comment on how our lives are made crappier by the glowing box.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday April 25, 2001 -- 1:44:53PM
Here's another article on the issue, at Ironminds.

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