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turn off your tv

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Vanity, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    Leave your TV on

    by Kate MacDonald, ArtsEtc. Editor
    April 24, 2002

    Monday was the official start of national TV Turnoff Week. Here we are, halfway through the passive protest, and I'm sure that lots of television haters are having a great time talking to each other and painting on velvet. If only Turnoff Week organizers could get the Nielson families to participate -- then the industry might actually squirm a little.
    Meanwhile, for those who resent the term "idiot box" and embrace the televised medium, here are five reasons to keep your TV on:

    1) Ten major health groups just publically advocated TV Turnoff Week, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, harping that television viewing promotes obesity and increased violence. Meanwhile, the medical profession allows itself to be featured on TV constantly. For example, The Learning Channel regularly runs shows such as "Medical Detective" and "Maternity Ward." Discovery has "The New Detectives; Forensic Science."

    Not to mention the fact that there is an entire channel dedicated to the health profession called Discovery Health. I suppose these fine programs are an exception to the studies and should not be turned off under any circumstance. Hypocritical Oath, anyone?

    2) The Turnoff Week organizers are selling "TV Turnoff Week Kits" for $15 online. Seriously. The handy rip-off, er, kit comes with step-by-step instructions: Pick up remote. Hit off button. Turn to people around you and attempt to converse awkwardly. Become embarrassed and horribly uncomfortable by the deafening silence. Suggest that everyone read a book together. Turn TV back on.

    The Turnoff kit also includes a tip sheet on how to TV-proof your home. Curiously omitted is the obvious suggestion of not buying one in the first place.

    3) Think of how out of touch you will be socially if you miss seven days of television. All week long, people will inquire if you saw that one thing with that guy and how funny it was. You can try to steer the conversation toward the non-television activities that you've been enjoying all week, but no one cares about cross-stitching.

    4) A paper called "Media Trance" by Taylor Stoehr suggests that people turn the television on to experience it passively while they do "shadow work." This is defined by Ivan Illich as "the secondary work that people in modern market economies routinely do as an unpaid complement to production and distribution." Illich provides examples such as housework, grocery shopping, cooking and studying as instances of "shadow work." Stoehr suggests that television provides something of a media trance during these monotonous activities. He goes further to criticize the practice of passive television viewing, stating that if the TV were off during "shadow work," the mind could be free to engage in "brooding, expecting, wishing, worrying, despairing and so on." Wow, that sounds like fun, Taylor, but I'd rather watch "The Osbournes," buddy.

    5) The television networks are aware of the fact that all of the whiny hypocritical annoying people will have their "idiot boxes' off all week. Therefore, they will offer visual delights to the rest of us diehard tube aficionados, such as Michael Douglas guest-starring on "Will and Grace" and a new "Friends." I think the choice is clear.

    ha ha ha
  2. blink_ATX

    blink_ATX Guest

    fuck TV

    I only watch TLC and discovery, maybe a little bit of Comedy central, otherwise, i aint getting brainwashed by medai banter and advertising overflow.

    shit talking capitalist
  3. NATO

    NATO Guest

    this sought of thing always makes me laugh. if you hate TV so much why do you own a TV to switch off in the first place?? or do you just go round switching off other people's??
  4. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Guest

    3) Think of how out of touch you will be socially if you miss seven days of television. All week long, people will inquire if you saw that one thing with that guy and how funny it was. You can try to steer the conversation toward the non-television activities that you've been enjoying all week, but no one cares about cross-stitching.

    If I ever end up standing next to a water cooler,
    talking to some old bimbo about which 'survivor'
    is getting the boot next...
    I'll know that It's time for me to move on.
  5. footsoldier

    footsoldier Senior Member

    Joined: May 23, 2000 Messages: 1,885 Likes Received: 2
    turning off my tv would mean missing the simpsons....soooo its not gonna happen.
  6. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Guest

    and more...

    read a fucking newspaper!!
    If you want to be 'in touch' with the world, try living in it!
    Not just observing it from your ass groove on the couch.

    I read an article in the newpaper about the 'TV Trance'.
    Watching television is incredibly depressing to most people,
    but they dont even know it. For example, if you take 4 hours,
    and devote it to a project, then you'll have the feeling of accomplishment.
    Even if it's a simple as reading a book, you'll feel like the time was well spent.
    But If you watch TV for 4 hours, you feel guilty about wasting that time.
    So next time you find yourself watching a 'movie marathon'...
    think about what else you could have done with the time.
  7. platapie

    platapie Guest

    i love my tv:crazy:
  8. BIG T

    BIG T Member

    Joined: Sep 20, 2000 Messages: 976 Likes Received: 2
    the TV stays damn it... i can't miss my simpsons(even if it is a rerun)
  9. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    what happen to kill your tv

    i have a love/hate relationship with mine
  10. railroadjerk

    railroadjerk Guest

    mine is on and crankin.

    roommate and hallmates are playing secret of mana on snes...
  11. nipples-galore

    nipples-galore Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 4, 2001 Messages: 2,567 Likes Received: 0
    fuck TV. the only thing worth watching is the REDSOX.
  12. juggernaut

    juggernaut Member

    Joined: Nov 12, 2001 Messages: 414 Likes Received: 0
    turn off the idiot box
    it's a disease, just like the chicken pox
    turn off the idiot box nOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW..

    -the wacky wacky aquabats.

    god, my dad and little brother just sit in front of that posessive boob tube all day, watching anything that's on. it's horrible. puts 'em in a trance or something.
  13. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,364 Likes Received: 299
    Fuck dat. I love my tv. that's where I watch Scarface , Full Metal Jacket , and my porno collection.
  14. donniefrisco

    donniefrisco Member

    Joined: Aug 10, 2001 Messages: 406 Likes Received: 1
  15. Stoney Blaze

    Stoney Blaze Guest

    One of my homies has a thick ass book by then Surgeon General, C. Everett Coop about the effects of Marijuana.

    It states that the effects of smoking Marijuana is better than the effects of watching television.

    Marijuana stimulates the mind to think and process internal information while television leaves the mind inactive and subject to whatever is being viewed.

    I'll barrow it from him and relay it verbatum when I get the chance.