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TV Turnoff Week

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by <KEY3>, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    hey hey...
    it's TV Turnoff week 2005!
    • TV Turnoff Week is no ordinary social ritual.
      The goal is simple: to shake up routines and get people
      questioning the role of TV in their lives.

      Sure, it’s a statement against dead-end couch culture.
      But it's also about cleaning up the mental environment.
      Like our oceans and air, our shared mindscape is littered with pollutants --
      distorted news, manipulative ads, violence and top-down culture.

      How can we fight back? In years past, we've smashed TVs, postered
      schools and offices, aired ads, and performed anti-tube street theater.
      The hottest idea this year? TV-B-Gone™ -- a key-chain remote control
      capable of turning off virtually any television. It's the ultimate tool for reclaiming our commons. adbusters

    here's some info from the source: TV Turnoff Week


    For those of you who know me (in a online sence anyway)
    know that's I'm a very rare TV watcher who lives with a person
    who has been known to be infront of the TV for 14 hours a day.
    I usually only watch the new Simpsons on Sunday, the Daily show
    before I got to bed, and maybe a movie or two durring the week.
    (and the UEFA Champions League games if a friend is over)
    So it's not that hard to cut TV out of the diet, and I hope everyone
    gives it a try, if only for few days.

    This annoying little zapper has been turning TV's off all around the globe.
    Even though it's a prick move to do, sometimes you just need to escape.
    If you're in a sports bar and a UEFA match is on, dont you fucking dare!
    But it just seems that it's impossibly to avoid the hypnotic flicker sometimes.

    So what are your thought on america's 'Drug of Choice'?
    Is it fair to turn off a TV in a public space?
    How much TV to you watch daily?

    Bonus Fact:
    3 hours of TV per day is 21 hours per week. Add a bit more for the weekends
    and you've just spent an ENTIRE DAY in front of the bootube.
    I'm sorry, but with an entire day wasted, there's no excuse for dirty laundry.
     
  2. saraday

    saraday Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2004 Messages: 2,054 Likes Received: 1
  3. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    not all TV is stupid.
    some of it is really educational and rewarding.
    Take for example: NOVA on PBS. That's a top tier show.
    and when the show is done, turn off the TV.
    You wont find anything better by flipping.
     
  4. saraday

    saraday Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2004 Messages: 2,054 Likes Received: 1
    you're right. i watch animal planet sometimes.

    last night i *gasp* watched tv... there was a history of rythm and blues on PBS.

    scrubs is a great show, as well as lost.. but i hardly ever catch them.

    the intraweb is my TV
     
  5. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    one nation
    under God
    has turned into
    one nation under the influence
    of one drug

    [chorus:]
    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
    (2x)

    T.V., it
    satellite links
    our United States of Unconsciousness
    Apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
    The methadone metronome pumping out
    150 channels 24 hours a day
    you can flip through all of them
    and still there's nothing worth watching
    T.V. is the reason why less than 10 per cent of our
    Nation reads books daily
    Why most people think Central Amerika
    means Kansas
    Socialism means unamerican
    and Apartheid is a new headache remedy
    absorbed in it's world it's so hard to find us
    It shapes our mind the most
    maybe the mother of our Nation
    should remind us
    that we're sitting too close to...

    [Chorus:]
    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
    (2x)

    T.V. is
    the stomping ground for political candidates
    Where bears in the woods
    are chased by Grecian Formula'd
    bald eagles
    T.V. is mechanized politic's
    remote control over the masses
    co-sponsored by environmentally safe gases
    watch for the PBS special
    It's the perpetuation of the two party system
    where image takes precedence over wisdom
    Where sound bite politics are served to
    the fastfood culture
    Where straight teeth in your mouth
    are more important than the words
    that come out of it
    Race baiting is the way to get selected
    Willie Horton or
    Will he not get elected on...

    [Chorus:]
    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
    (2x)

    T.V., is it the reflector or the director?
    Does it imitate us
    or do we imitate it
    because a child watches 1500 murders before he's
    twelve years old and we wonder why we've created
    a Jason generation that learns to laugh
    rather than to abhor the horror
    T.V. is the place where
    armchair generals and quarterbacks can
    experience first hand
    the excitement of warfare
    as the theme song is sung in the background
    Sugar sweet sitcoms
    that leave us with a bad actor taste while
    pop stars metamorphosize into soda pop stars
    You saw the video
    You heard the soundtrack
    Well now go buy the soft drink
    Well, the onla cola that I support
    would be a union C.O.L.A.(Cost Of Living Allowance)
    On television

    [Chorus:]
    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
    (2x)

    Back again, "New and improved"
    We return to our irregularly programmed schedule
    hidden cleverly between heavy breasted
    beer and car commercials
    CNNESPNABCTNT but mostly B.S.
    Where oxymoronic language like
    "virtually spotless", "fresh frozen"
    "light yet filling" and "military intelligence"
    have become standard
    T.V. is the place where phrases are redefined
    like "recession" to "necessary downturn"
    "Crude oil" on a beach to "mousse"
    "Civilian death" to "collateral damages"
    and being killed by your own Army
    is now called "friendly fire"
    T.V. is the place where the pursuit
    of happiness has become the pursuit of
    trivia
    Where toothpaste and cars have become
    sex objects
    Where imagination is sucked out of children
    by a cathode ray nipple
    T.V. is the only wet nurse
    that would create a cripple

    [Chorus:]
    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
    (4x)
     
  6. fatalist

    fatalist Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Mar 10, 2004 Messages: 6,354 Likes Received: 25
    ^so true, I was on 12oz, but my door was open just abit, so i was able to see the TV from where i was, my uncle had left it on PBS, it was about the Amazon Rainforest, and i hardly watch TV,but i said "fuck 120z i'm watching this shit."
    I sat down and watch the whole hour of the show, it was really intresting. Key your so on point, right afterwards i turned it off!
     
  7. Neskoner

    Neskoner New Jack

    Joined: Jan 6, 2003 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 1
  8. Fondles

    Fondles Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 7,858 Likes Received: 24
    down for the cause.

    like key, i watch adult swim, daily show, and only informative shit like discovery, history channel, animal planet, etc. all that other shit can fall off and die. except hbo series, cause they're fire.
     
  9. Herbivore

    Herbivore Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 12, 2004 Messages: 1,431 Likes Received: 1
  10. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    well thanks.

    Sometimes there's great TV, and then there's the Jacko trial re-enactments,
    the crappy movie marathons on TBS, motorcycle soap operas on Discovery....
    and endless reruns of 'Friends' with a never ending loop of canned laughter.

    I'm moving in a month and I think I'm going to just go with 'rabbit ears'.
     
  11. saraday

    saraday Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2004 Messages: 2,054 Likes Received: 1
    i only get basic cable.. that keeps my tv watching to a minimal.
     
  12. knuckle_game

    knuckle_game New Jack

    Joined: Feb 20, 2005 Messages: 47 Likes Received: 0
    PBS all the way.

    I'M RICK STEEVES BITCH!
     
  13. Æ°

    Æ° Senior Member

    Joined: May 12, 2002 Messages: 1,974 Likes Received: 6
    It would be interesting to see what the next presidential election would be like if there were a large organized sabotage campaign aimed at taking out various crucial television broadcast related targets.

    Or next time there's a war being sold would work too.
     
  14. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    I don't have cable and hardly have time for tv nowadays. i have netflix so if i'm watching tv its usually a film, or tv shows on dvd that i enjoy. i have no problem with just chilling out for a one of those show when i get the chance. its nice to sit and chill. but i don't often veg out in front of the tele.
    but as for no tv this week... i remember this no tv week from last year.... its not going to happen, the nba playoffs just started and i will enjoy the few games i can get on network television.
     
  15. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    ^ you mean like Bush without fox 'news' ?
     
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