Investigated – National Turn Off TV Week

Posted April 28, 2013 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments

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Tomorrow marks the beginning of Turn Off TV Week. 

What is it?
Turn Off TV Week is a nationwide event that will start tomorrow and end on May 5th. The purpose of it is to turn off your TV for a week and reassess why we use the television and what it is used for. Anyone can participate and you can participate anywhere.

What am I going to do now that I can’t watch TV? 
You can do a lot of other things. Things that are probably better than watching TV. Things like READING A BOOK! If you watch TV for the news, then go and read a newspaper. If you watch for entertainment, go watch your younger brother make a fool out of himself. (Of course that option only works if you have a younger brother, but watching a friend works just as well.)

What if I don’t want to turn my TV off?
Then don’t. Turn Off TV Week is a voluntary event. No one can make you do it (unless you have to listen to your parents…)

How to go the extra mile.
Think turning off you television completely for a whole week isn’t enough? If it isn’t, you can try to go another week without TV. Or you can try to set a record to see how long you can go without turning it on. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can turn your computer off too (or your internet connection, if you’re feeling really brave). See how long you can last.

I’m planning on participating this year. It has sort of become a tradition for me. It started when I was elementary school. I remember making a pledge not turn the TV off and at the end of the week everyone who able to resist the power of TV was awarded with a certificate. Turning my TV off won’t really have a giant impact on me – I barely watch TV anyways. Between school, homework, blogging, and reading, there is just simply not enough time to. Plus, most of my favorite shows are on too late for me to watch them and wake up in time to go the school.

Do you plan on participating?
What do you plan to do instead of watching TV?

Emz Chang

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