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News :: Education
T.V. Turnoff Week Kicks Off
26 Apr 2005
Last night was the Boston kickoff event for National TV Turnoff Week to get people to unplug and experience life instead of just watching it on television.
CAMBRIDGE – Last night was the Boston kickoff event for National TV Turnoff Week to get people to unplug and experience life instead of just watching it on television. The event featured various local poets, guitarist Karen Sarkasian, Kate Bush who is the poetry editor for Spare Change, and the Cello Chix. It was put together by XenitH of Boston AdBusters, Randy Ross of Conscious Consuming, and Marty Wrin of Gifted Up. The affaire was hosted by Marc Shuman’s All Asia Café in Central Square.

The goal of the event was to increase awareness of the negative impact that television can have on self image and emotional happiness. In a country where ‘The average American watches 4.5 hours of television every day,’ they stressed that this adds up quickly over a person’s lifetime. Many people spend more time with fictitious characters than real friends, experiencing life vicariously rather than directly.

As XenitH stated, “I firmly believe that to clean up the world we live in we need to clean up our minds so that we understand what’s truly important to us. The ‘lives and realities’ they create on TV does nothing for me. And when we step back and ask ourselves if we’re getting anything from what they're showing us we realize that all we’re doing is losing time to live our own lives.“

The All Asia Café is not normally open on Monday nights, but decided to host the event. Patty Chan of All Asia said that the issue is important to her. “I don’t want my children watching too much TV… and I don’t want my husband to be a couch potato,” she said with a smile.

TV Turnoff was started in 1995 by the TV Turnoff Network, and has spread throughout North America. According to Dana Isenberg of Media Awareness, “In 2002, 6.4 million people participated in 16,000 organized turnoffs.” TV Turnoff Week runs from April 25th through May 1st.
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Re: T.V. Turnoff Week Kicks Off
27 Apr 2005
This was a really great event! The most important thing to learn, is this was just the beginning. 7 days to experiance life, and I'm glad we had a great crowd to join us for night 1. I have heard from people who decided to give it an honest try, that after about day 4, things get alot easier, and they almost question why they did spend soo much time on the TV. Give it a try, and you will learn alot of things about yourself, and the world around you.