April 21, 2003

Don't touch that dial!

It's TV Turnoff Week. I'll do my part. You?

I had a great time, and my only question is: If this is so great, why don't we turn off the TV for the other 51 weeks of the year? -Benjamin Loxley, 2nd grader, Lewisboro, New Jersey

We have reconstructed the Tower of Babel, and it is a television antenna: a thousand voices producing a daily parody of democracy, in which everyone's opinion is afforded equal weight regardless of substance or merit. -Ted Koppel

TV is the single most significant factor contributing to violence in America. -Ted Turner

I really didn't like TV-Turnoff Week except I did notice that my grades went up and I was in a good mood all week. -Drew Henderson, 2nd grader, Donora, Pennsylvania

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. -Groucho Marx

Our family has been TV-free for seven to eight years... Now you couldn't GIVE me a TV. -Joe Dolan

In many families the television seems to substitute, rather than facilitate dialogue among people. A type of 'fast' in this area could also be healthy. -Pope John Paul II during a speech calling for a 40-day TV-Turnoff

Television is a chewing gum for the eyes. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Given our national television habit, it is no surprise that we are raising the most sedentary and most overweight generation of youngsters in American history. As they grow, these children will run increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems -- unless they turn off the tube and become physically active. -US Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.

Check out the fact sheets re television. Do your kids a favor. Won't hurt you any either, eh?

Posted by fred1st at April 21, 2003 08:24 AM | TrackBack

tv..... who needs it!

Posted by: bud at April 21, 2003 08:39 AM

Personally, i couldn't do well without the news or discovery/learning/history type channels, what with me being a knowledge-hungry female of small brain and all. Otherwise, it's a display stand for a favored sculpture.

Posted by: Anne at April 21, 2003 12:35 PM

I disconnected my TV from the outside world over seven years ago, and haven't missed it. About a year-and-a-half ago it broke, so now I go over to my sweetie's house to watch movies. Even better!

Posted by: Dave Trowbridge at April 21, 2003 08:40 PM

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