Daily Archives: April 20, 2004

TV Turnoff Week

*UPDATE*
Most of the arguments against TV Turnoff Week are covered in this article, In Defense of Television. Yeah, some good points and they do make sense. If I were a loyal watcher of a few good TV programs then maybe I'd feel justified in skipping TV Turnoff Week. Instead of watching a few shows regularly, most of my TV watching is just that, “TV watching”. Surfing from channel to channel, watching whatever I find, staying on this channel for a bit, then moving on to that channel… Because of the way television programming is structured, channel surfing works perfectly at keeping you engrossed for entirely too long, as you get more and more comfortable watching whatever shows up. After this kind of watching I don't feel any more satisfied or content with the way I spent my time, so for this reason and this type of TV watching, I'm turning the set off (or ignoring it, as the case may be) for the next week.

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I'll be participating in TV Turnoff Week this week (with the exception of last night because A) I didn't know it had started and B) I was sucked in to watching the 14!? inning Mariners game). I'm pretty sure I can't convince all of my TV addicted housemates to join me, so it'll be more like, “TV I'm-Not-Going-to-Watch Week” for me.

The Adbusters TV Turnoff site

The official TV Turnoff site

Page 23, 5th Sentence

bq. The man drinks the wine down to his middle finger, and his face looks puffy with dark chin stubble.

Diary, Chuck Palahniuk

Directions:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

via Andy