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National TV Turn Off Week

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the i-can-quit-any-time dept.

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beforewisdom writes "Next week (April 19th - 25th 2004) is National TV Turn Off Week in the USA. Among the many benefits claimed by tvturnoff.org is that 90% of the people who participate in a TV Turnoff Week successfully reduce the amount of television they watch permanently."

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Nice, but I feel like it's hopeless... (5, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882259)


I mailed that link (subscriber) to people at work and some friends. Already the replies have been:

"Great in theory, but there's a new Friends episode on Thursday. [...]"

[group reply to above] "Yeah, great...in theory...."

My sister, who hasn't replied back yet, will undoubtedly mention Trading Spaces or another of those TLC shows. Another friend will complain about missing NASCAR or Monster Garage or whatever...

How the hell can the kids have a hope at reducing viewing, or dumping TV altogether, when the adults around them come up with excuses to not give up the idiot box for just one damn week?

Hey grub, (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882348)

is relentless karmawhoring and attentionwhoring some form of super-masturbation for you? You must have the stickiest keyboard on the planet.

Only one hour a week anyway. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882391)

Why bother turn it off?

Re:Nice, but I feel like it's hopeless... (4, Insightful)

ScottGant (642590) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882364)

We don't have a TV, but we watch Sunday night TV at my inlaws house...mainly HBO original programs like The Sopranos and Deadwood at the moment.

So giving up TV for a week isn't really a big deal for us...

But giving up the internet for a week? That would be hard my friend...

Re:Nice, but I feel like it's hopeless... (2, Interesting)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882385)


But giving up the internet for a week? That would be hard my friend...

Yes, indeed. It's where I get most of my news and information from! (cancelled my cable TV last year)

Even if everybody here did give up TV... (5, Funny)

CausticPuppy (82139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882381)

It just means that the load on slashdot will be higher than average for that week.

Re:Nice, but I feel like it's hopeless... (4, Insightful)

lazuli42 (219080) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882387)

Ever since I've had my cable modem I've hardly watched television at all.

For example, this year I have watched television for about 6 hours. About three of that was the Super Bowl (with it's totally lame ads this year, blah), and about three of that was the Academy Awards.

Last year I probably watched about 20 hours worth of television programming.

One reason that I don't watch television is because of all the awful advertising. It seems like for every three minutes of programming there are two minutes of commercials.

Re:Nice, but I feel like it's hopeless... (4, Informative)

crow (16139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882531)

One reason that I don't watch television is because of all the awful advertising. It seems like for every three minutes of programming there are two minutes of commercials.


I stopped watching commercials several years ago when we got our ReplayTV. Now on those rare occasions when live TV is on, the ads are rather startling. I also find that ads on the radio feel more intrusive now that I don't put up with them on TV.

Re:Nice, but I feel like it's hopeless... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882410)

Maybe someone already pointed this out, but HDTV is not being mandated by the government. Digital TV *is*...

Digital TV != HDTV

Re:Nice, but I feel like it's hopeless... (5, Interesting)

Safety Cap (253500) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882413)

"Great in theory, but there's a new (insert banal show title here) episode on Thursday."
They can always tape/Tivo it.

Here's the scary thing: the longer you go without watching, the more all the shows REALLY SUCK when you try to start again. I once swore off TV for a month (the second week was the hardest). When the month was over, I found that all the shows were stupid, the laugh-tracks were annoying, and there were no good, original stories. Since then, I pretty much only watch Discovery/History channels with a rare forray into the SciFi channel. When we move in the next few months, I won't be taking cable with me (except the Roadrunner part).

Re:Nice, but I feel like it's hopeless... (5, Insightful)

q-the-impaler (708563) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882455)

I watch TV typically because my roommate has it on. He's definitely addicted since he got laid off from his IT job. I find myself requiring more interactivity than TV, so I am a computer junkie.

My girlfriend would argue that she would rather me be a TV junkie, because at least that is something we can do together. She would never think Slashdot was interesting, so you can guess that gaming is out of the question.

Most people do not want to be free of TV. You have to want to not watch TV and see that your life could be better without it. So, I guess people like us will just have to deal with other people who are not quite as motivated. Temperance is something geeks end up having to learn in order to work with the rest of society.

Yes, but... (5, Funny)

iapetus (24050) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882265)

...is it being televised?

Re:Yes, but... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882285)

Yes, by Fox. It's their new reality TV show.

We'll just have to watch it in theaters. (1)

demonic-halo (652519) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882370)

LOL at parent.

=)

Re:Yes, but... (1)

Kissing Crimson (197314) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882423)

It's being webcast. Or webcasted.

Apparently my internal grammer check is failing today...

TV viewing is dropping anyway (4, Interesting)

Grant29 (701796) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882267)

According to this previous slashdot article [slashdot.org] , we are watching less TV anyway. Especially now that the summer is getting close, TV viewing will drop even more. I guess soon enough somebody will start a National turn off the Internet Surfing week. I could turn off the TV a lot easier than staying off the web.

--
Retail Retreat [retailretreat.com]

Re:TV viewing is dropping anyway (4, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882484)

for the most part, the web is pull content. I am not having content forced down my throat.

TV watching has no social interaction while actively doing it. At least there ARE places on the Internet that you can be social and actively participate in the content you are seeing (ahem, /.)

I have wireless net access just about everywhere now. I couldn't live w/o a net connection anymore. I certainly have been able to live w/o TV.

I guess I am just of a different breed.

How about (1, Funny)

mabu (178417) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882268)

National TV Turn Off decade?

I have been loving not watching as much TV... (5, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882270)

I don't watch nearly the amount of TV that everyone else seems to. When I moved to Minnesota in November of 2002 I didn't get cable. Comcast gets enough of my money being that they are the only broadband ISP that is economically feasible... Without watching TV for 80% of my daily free time I have found that:

1. I enjoy the outside more than ever. I even have become accustomed to Minnesota winters and don't really mind when it is -10 or warmer.

2. I have a lot more free time to keep my apartment clean, cook better and more interesting dinners, and enjoy the company of REAL PEOPLE. Remember, Fahrenheit 451 is getting closer and closer every day with the advent of more and more time/brain sucking material on the TV.

3. I have found a lot of other interests that I normally wouldn't have. Currently those include reading, geocaching [slashdot.org] , and drinking. I think I get more out of those activities than listening to terrible singers make terrible renditions of terrible songs.

4. I have $50/month more to spend on other things that I enjoy to do (i.e. food, drinking, girlfriend, etc).

5. The knowledge that I am not wasting away, in my apartment, for five hours a night being fed with push content by large conglomerates that have only the size of their pockets to worry about.

As I have mentioned before, my favorite part of TV is that the government has mandated (with our tax dollars) HDTV to be used. Forcing it to be placed into sets in the future so that we can all double pay for it. Now they realize that we are all fat because we sit on our dead, dying, asses and watch TV. So get out and do something but make sure you pay more taxes to support better TV signals!

I am looking forward to advocating that others I know do this. Perhaps, if we try, we can get rid of the Reality TV non-sense and promote a healthier lifestyle (physically, mentally, and socially). It's unlikely but at least we can try.

Re:I have been loving not watching as much TV... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882427)

"I have found a lot of other interests that I normally wouldn't have, [including] drinking."

Ditch TV & become an alcoholic? There's a campaign slogan.

Re:I have been loving not watching as much TV... (4, Funny)

Dr. Evil (3501) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882504)

...and drinking

Yeah, give up T.V. and take up drinking :-)

Re:I have been loving not watching as much TV... (2, Funny)

ave19 (149657) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882511)

"REAL PEOPLE"... I remember that show! It was hilarious!

Slashdotting.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882271)

And so we can spend more time slashdotting sites!

Re:Slashdotting....or slashdot.not? (2, Funny)

vrTeach (37458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882327)

I'd probably get more done if I had a turn-off slashdot week.

fp bitch (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882277)

post #1 yeah

Does it count... (5, Funny)

greenskyx (609089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882281)

if I just Tivo everything this week and watch it all next week?

Re:Does it count... (5, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882496)

if I just Tivo everything this week and watch it all next week?

At the risk of being serious... why not? Part of the point is to spend a week doing things other than watching TV, as a learning experience. Coming back the next week and watching twice as much to make up for it might undo some of the good that accomplishes, but you'd still have that week's experience to draw upon.

Hah (1)

Knight Thrasher (766792) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882286)

Why watch TV? *fires up CoH Beta*

Question (5, Funny)

Linux-based-robots (660980) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882294)

Does this include watching episodes of the Simpsons I downloaded off BitTorrent?

Re:Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882461)

I'd say "no". You're missing out on the ads that the marketers skew to make you buy their products. Simpsons doesn't have any real product placement so that's pretty safe. You can watch when you want, pause when you want etc. It's way better than the one way advertising stream of corporate controlled TV.

I've set up several family members and friends with the same type of setup; computer->TV and they love it. Two have cancelled cable TV already.

YOUR FACE! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882299)

fp!

What about the Simpsons, man?! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882300)

That's all I watch! I swear! I can't miss that, can I?

Oh yeah and, FP!!!

Thats all good (2, Funny)

MrRuslan (767128) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882301)

But I think what most slashdoters (Including myself) need is a turn off cumputer week...

But not PVRs right? (1)

thebra (707939) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882303)

Please don't turn off your PVR, I still need to be able to download next weeks shows. Thanks -

Someone has to say it... (4, Funny)

dmorin (25609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882305)

Among the many benefits claimed by tvturnoff.org is that 90% of the people who participate in a TV Turnoff Week successfully reduce the amount of television they watch permanently."

And 100% successfully reduce the amount of tv they watch that week.

:)

It sounds easy enough (1)

Bobdoer (727516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882306)

I never turn on that cathode ray tube anyway.

Endorsed by ABC, NBC, CBS, etc? (1)

FFFish (7567) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882309)

I'm guessing not.

What about computers? (0, Redundant)

Swamii (594522) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882310)

Why don't we have a national turn off your computer week?

:ducks:

You mean... (1)

PrimeWaveZ (513534) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882313)

It doesn't just reduce your television usage for one week for those who participate? Imagine that...

Time-shift it! (5, Funny)

WestieDog (592175) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882314)

Do I have to stop tivoing too? It' would be more like "national watch it next week" ... week.

Oh, the possibilities! (1)

killyourblender (749172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882323)

Turning off the TV will be easy! Turning off the PS2, X-box, DVD player, not to mention the PC, will thus be a challenge.

Food For Thought (1, Informative)

(54)T-Dub (642521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882328)

I understand that there are Lies, Dirty Lies and then there are statistics but some of these [tvturnoff.org] [PDF] give pause.

  • Amount of television that the average American watches per day: over 4 hours
  • Time per day that TV is on in an average US home: 7 hours, 40 minutes
  • Number of videos rented daily in the US: 6 million
  • Number of videos rented daily in the US: 6 million
  • Average time per week that the American child ages 2-17 spends watching television: 19 hours, 40 minutes
  • Time per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 38.5 minutes
  • Number of murders witnessed by children on television by the age 18: 16,000
  • Number of murders witnessed by children on television by the age 18: 16,000
  • Percent reduction in the American homicide rate between 1993 and 1996: 20
  • Percent increase in number of violent scenes per hour on 10 major channels from 1992 to 1994: 41


But I still believe that it's gay mariage that is endangering families the most.

Re:Food For Thought (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882414)

  • Number of times your copy/paste screwed up and you duplicated a line: 2

Re:Food For Thought (1)

CrazyGringo (672487) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882499)

Obligatory Simpsons quote

"Who conducted this study?"
"The Institute of SHUT THE HELL UP!"

Re:Food For Thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882508)

  • Number of videos rented daily in the US: 6 million
  • Number of videos rented daily in the US: 6 million

  • ...
  • Number of murders witnessed by children on television by the age 18: 16,000
  • Number of murders witnessed by children on television by the age 18: 16,000

I think I've been watching too much TV. I'm seeing double.

Re:Food For Thought (0, Troll)

fizban (58094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882532)

But I still believe that it's gay mariage that is endangering families the most.

You're joking, right?

Scope of abstinence? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882334)

Does TV abstinence include abstaining from using a TV with a composite input as a monitor for computerized exercise machines such as Konami's Dance Dance Revolution? Or does it refer only to passive entertainment received from a terrestrial, cable, or satellite broadcast or from a VHS or DVD video?

Aftermath... (1)

Embedded Geek (532893) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882335)

reduce the amount of television they watch permanently...

And wind up spending that time online [slashdot.org] , perhaps?

I did it already. (3, Interesting)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882336)

I did and started saving $80 dollars a month in cable bills too. Didn't miss it a bit, thanks to Netflix.

Then about 8 months ago I moved in with my girl and now we have a Tivo-like cable box, now I still watch very little TV but I watch what I want, when I want. Very liberating and very cool. By the way, HBO and Cinemax On-Demand kick ass, if you know what I mean.

Re:I did it already. (1)

rigmort (584960) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882434)

I was thinking about the cost as well -- with my current cable bill, I will be paying $30 for that week.

Yeah, but... (1)

I_M_Noman (653982) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882339)

...why would I want to watch less TV? I enjoy watching TV.

Re:Yeah, but... (2, Insightful)

Skater (41976) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882476)

I love how everyone automatically assumes everything on TV is garbage. Like any other art form, there's good stuff and bad. Example: I read Tom Clancy and John Grisham novels, but I know they aren't going to go down in history as timeless classics in the way that, say, Shakespeare's plays did. But, oh no, I'm reading and therefore it must be better than watching TV.

It's not black-and-white, so to speak. :)

--RJ

I threw my TV out a month ago. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882341)

Its great! I dont get fud fed into my living room. I dont have to watch stupid weightloss ads and feel bad about my flab and I get to do things outside!

Obviously not hockey fans! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882345)

The organizers are obviously not hockey fans!

TV vs Reading (2, Funny)

jetkust (596906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882346)

The More Reading, Less TV (MRLTV) classroom program motivates school children to put down their remote controls and pick up books.

In other words, stop watching Discovery Channel, read a Hustler instead.

Correlation vs. causality (5, Interesting)

squarooticus (5092) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882351)

This sounds like another correlation vs. causality fallacy: is it not at least as likely that those who are willing to turn off their TV sets for a week are likely to be those who have already gotten sick of TV? Why the addiction implication?

But... (1)

DaFrogBoy (519141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882363)

How will I know who to vote for on American Idle?

Re:But... (1)

MichiganDan (720608) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882449)

Maybe you can spend the week working on spelling.

Has this anything to do... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882367)

Has this anything to do with the shutdown of the adult film industry [sltrib.com] ?

Personally I'm already turned off... (2, Interesting)

Maestro4k (707634) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882376)

Seriously, both literally and emotionally, there's so much utter crap on TV, and it seems to continue to only get worse. Hell, even Sci-Fi's gotten into the craptastic reality TV stuff now with their Mad, Mad, House. I happenned to see the first part of one episode (I was at the ER and the TV was set to Sci-Fi). I think they actually managed to set a record for most stupid, disgusting, pathetic reality-tv program.

In any case I tend to play video games more than I watch TV on my TV. I also watch a lot of anime DVDs. When I do watch TV I generally watch channels like Discovery, TLC, HGTV, History Channel, Animal Planet & Discovery Health. There's just not enough stuff worth watching on TV to justify being a couch potato, at least IMHO.

week? (1)

kinzillah (662884) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882377)

I haven't watched TV in about 2 months, It'll be another month before I do again. Don't have the time with school, and while difficult at first, its positivly blissful how little commercial crap I have to deal with.

Better yet... (3, Interesting)

Dynastar454 (174232) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882378)

Just get rid of the TV. I've been TV-less for a few years now, and I really don't miss it. I get all my news on-line, I can watch DVDs on my fairly-large computer screen, and all the quality TV series come out on DVD these days, so for those (very few) shows I can pick them up too. Who needs a TV?

I don't need to participate... (5, Funny)

prescot6 (731593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882383)

I can turn off the TV whenenver I want.

Maybe later...

Family (3, Funny)

strike2867 (658030) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882388)

But what will we do when an annoying family member tries to talk to us?

Brought to you by (0, Troll)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882389)

the geniuses behind Buy Nothing Day!

Which means, of course, that advertisers don't give a flying fuck about them.

Bad timing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882390)

All the good shows are coming back from hiatus. Why couldn't they have scheduled it for last week when nothing good was on?

Sure thing... (1)

Craig Maloney (1104) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882395)

Just as long as it starts on Sunday at 9pm and stops at 7pm on Sunday. Gotta watch the Simpsons and King of the Hill. :)

Is this really slashdot? (1)

0BoDy (739304) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882400)

TV? I read slashdot when I'm bored. . . just think of the other things you could buy with that money.

Seriously (4, Insightful)

caomania (579403) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882403)

Give it a try - you may never turn back. I stopped watching 2 years ago when my free cable got shut-off. Haven't watched more than 12 hours since. With the TV off you'll find lots of additional free time to indulge in more worthwhile pursuits. TV was the opium of the 80s it's time to kick the habit.

Next up: National Computer Turn Off Week? (1)

wersh (765553) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882406)

Let's just hope that NCTOW and NTTOW don't coincide or we'll all be left with nothing to do. ;)

Homer says... (4, Funny)

towerdave (739384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882412)

Wooohooo!!!!!

More TV for me!!!

TowerDave

Noo! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882415)

What about American Chopper??

From the folks who brought you Burn Books Week (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882417)

This "censor it"! attitude is from the same mindset that brings us book-burning.

If you don't want to expand your mind, smash your own radio and burn your own books.

mmmmm, TV... (1)

rjelks (635588) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882419)

"It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to fit in eight hours of TV a day. --Homer Simpson "

What? (1)

packethead (322873) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882431)

How can I survive without my Consumer Brainwashing Apparatus?

This must be a joke, right?

i suggest we have a turn off /. week (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8882437)

sometime around April 1st when /. causes more /.ers stress due to the content. perhaps then we can get back to work!
-PHB

stay tuned next week for a note about turn off pr0n week, so we can get back to work! ...

damn i'm not good at that marketing thing, thats the whole thing for next week... oh well.

TV free since 87 (2, Insightful)

eludom (83727) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882438)

Been without a TV since 87. If it's worth watching,
it's worth getting up and going somehere else.
One less excuse for not communicating.
Less marketing drivel in the home.
Mind not put on standby.
Kids actually have to use their minds (or find
other ways to avoid it) when they play.
You really don't miss important news...
"I learn everything I need to know about the
world in slashdot..." :-)

Re:TV free since 87 (1)

Professr3 (670356) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882487)

I really don't know whether to applaud or feel sorry for you...

When in doubt, mod +1 funny and pray...

You insensitive clod... (1, Funny)

Jayfar (630313) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882443)

I don't own a tv.

Couldn't they have done this a different week? (1)

kyjello (566001) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882451)

The new episodes of Enterprise are just coming out!

Re:Couldn't they have done this a different week? (1)

Silwenae (514138) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882517)

That in and of itself is a reason to turn the TV off.

Though personally I'm not sure how I'll reconcile 24 being on against Alias this Sunday night!

Re:Couldn't they have done this a different week? (1)

bee-yotch (323219) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882523)

That's just what I was thinking! It's been like two months since the last one too, and they just want us to skip it!?

NHL Playoffs (2, Informative)

WolF-g (539252) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882460)

They picked a lousy week to try to go without TV. It's the playoffs.

I don't watch TV other than that anyway....

Stupid (5, Funny)

USAPatriot (730422) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882466)

This whole campaign rests on the assumption that there is something bad or wrong with watching a lot of TV. I say that watching as much TV as you want is perfectly fine.

It's not just entertainment that you'll be missing out on if you participate in thie 'Blackout'. Lots of news, current events, sports, and informational programs will be lost due to this turnoff. Do these organizers realize that? Yes, you can read newspapers to get by, but having moving pictures in your home is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Why would you want to abstain from it for some enlightend purpose?

These people just need to get a life. It's just like that don't-buy-anything blackout. Some people don't like the choices others make, and try to bust your chops to be like them.

Proven TV Turnoff Results (1)

rayax (771910) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882468)

One school has even taken this week long program, and streched it out to cover the entire school year. Check out http://www.tvturnoff.net for their story & results. This program has been statistically proven to raise students test scores, and has been so successful with the students that this year a majority of the entire school is participating in this program.

My question... (1)

tjkrz (653669) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882469)

When's National Mind-your-own-business week?

Why is this needed? (1)

amigabill (146897) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882470)

>90% of the people who participate in a TV Turnoff
>Week successfully reduce the amount of television
>they watch permanently.

The stuff currently available to see on my TV viewing device made me permanently reduce the amount of TV I watch...

what is wrong with TV? (0)

alen (225700) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882475)

There are a variety of news shows for information. There are great educational channels like Discovery and National Geographic channel and HBO has some great shows like The Sopranos.

Last week I saw a great show about the Muslim pilgrims on their visit to Mecca. My local PBS stations has good programming. CNBC has halfway decent business news. And they have all kinds of reality shows that my wife likes to watch after a day of struggling with hospotal patients.

Just because you don't like most of the shows doesn't mean there is nothing good on for other people.

This just promotes illegal activity!!! (1)

linuxrunner (225041) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882479)

If I turn off my tv... where do I turn?

My Computer!

Well, Slashdot is just the same old stuff, so I'll have to see something new, so then I'll DOWNLOAD some copyrighted material off the net.

The the MPAA will be after my ass.... All because you wanted me to turn off my TV and not watch HBO and pay-for-view porn.

It's like being in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and having an "Get Drunk Every Night Week"...

It just leads me back to my life a crime!

(Come on Laugh.. it's funny!)

Here's an idea like the nicotine patch... (4, Interesting)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882481)

I got a 36" Sony XBR and a Tivo and got sucked in. Sopranos, HBO boxing on Saturday nights, started watching the NHL playoffs (last year). I knew it was bad. I knew I was going down the "joe six-pack" road. Started laying off the bike and gym to play a little Xbox and watch a game. It was keeping me from my SANS studies. I knew I needed a plan.

I saw this article [cnn.com] on CNN last year, and went out and got that stuff. Sold the Sony, sold the integrated tuner/Tivo. Hooked it up to a low cost DirecTV tuner only and dish.

I started watching TV in a window on my computer. Slowly, I started backgrounding the window, and would IRC, and then code a little, and then slowly, started using it less and less. The software still gave me the Tivo function, so I could take a break and still FF through commercials.

I highly recommend this approach. Get the fucking big box out of the house. Re-arrange your furniture. Spend the money on a good monitor, 21" or larger, non-plasma. Get the tuner card. Wean yourself off. If you have a family or SO that enjoys "movie night" - do them and yourself a favor. Go to the cinema. Get the hell out of the house.

Insensitive! (2, Funny)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882492)

But I don't even have a TV to turn off you insensitive clods!

Hypocrisy (1)

Gruneun (261463) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882501)

Let me get this straight. These people claim that the typical American is chained to their television and has somehow become incapable of scheduling meaningful activities? So, instead of the television having control, they are going to take it upon themselves to determine what my value structure should be and make those decisions for me?

If I feel that my time spent watching a television program is worthwhile and that somehow has less intrinsic value to you... well, piss off. I don't care what you do on your time. If it's my time, I'm perfectly capable of allocating it to activities, including watching my television, without your input.

Turn off the computer week next? (1)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882513)

Then we'll see how many people (especially /. readers) think this is a good idea.

Let's see, a whole week sans computer, what would you miss:
1. 3 reposts of the same story on /.
2. 100 Windows security updates
3. Update of linux keneral to 2.6.1000
4. 1000 music downloads
5. 10 C & D letters related to sourceforge projects

what wouldn't you miss: SCO

Why would this be a good thing? (1)

eddy (18759) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882514)

"[...] reduce the amount of television they watch permanently."

Should we also have a national "Don't read that book Week"?

This sounds like dumb crap from people who believe they're "special" because they don't watch TV. The only thing "special" about them is their pompus belief that not watching TV makes them better.

I'd support a "think about what you watch" campaign, but not this.

I'm a recovering tv-holic (1)

FartingTowels (553440) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882516)

Whenever I see a running TV I must flip channels for hours with no rhyme or reason. This was the main reason to get rid of cable 5 years ago and leave just the TV + DVD + Netflix/BlockBuster combination. All I can say - it kicks ass! No more crap, no more brain overload with flashy guano, no more sudden urges to get up and buy that Mc-Pizza right away.

I strongly recommend you do the same. Netflix + a few DVD-RWs (so you can work-around the famous now Netflix mail delay) can give you all TV fun for $20 that you can ever imagine without crap and commercials. Also, you do not watch what is given, you select stuff yourself.

P.S. And you have more time to browse all pr0n you need! ;-)

Turn off the TV for a week?! (1)

gpinzone (531794) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882520)

You mean I gotta live off only video games, and the Internet for a week? I'll go crazy!

but..but... (1)

The Other White Boy (626206) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882527)

but theres a new south park this week..

Series 2 of the NHL Playoffs? (2, Interesting)

chrisfromnowhere (531442) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882533)

They want me to miss series 2 of the NHL playoffs? I don't think so... Especially not when my beloved Calgary Flames are doing so well :).

TV use is inversely proportional to Internet use (3, Insightful)

Vandil X (636030) | more than 10 years ago | (#8882538)

Among the people I know and work with, it seems that those who spend lots of time on the Internet (or working/gaming on their computers) spend much less time watching TV than they did 10 years ago (pre-mainstream Internet).

Among the people who still see computing/the_Internet as an appliance, are the ones still watching TV, an age group whose average age is increasing as more and more youths leave television to embrace the Internet and Internet-connected devices.

Personally, the only time I watch TV now is the few minutes it takes in the morning to catch the weather on the news.

Coffee, weather, Slashdot.
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