Hey! Turn off that TV!


April 24, 2005 by Isaac Hovet

TV TURNOFF 2005 – AdbustersTv turnoff week - April 25 - May 1 2005

This week (April 25–May 1) is national turn the TV off week. 

We have all wasted time, energy, etc watching too much TV.  Some of us serve the TV more than anything else in our lives.  The typical (American) actual priority list probably looks like this:

  1. Work (we have to get $$$ to support our lavish lifestyles)
  2. Entertainment (we have to spend the $$$ on something) – this category includes TV, etc . . .
  3. Addictions – This can include TV.  Also, rich food, consumption, sex, anger.
  4. Day care – (This has to be above family)
  5. Family (this is generous placement)
  6. Community
  7. God (more of an afterthought really)

You know what is scary?  Much of the time my priority list looks just like this one.

Question – Why aren’t churches pushing this more?  Are we so sold on the lie of TV and consumerism and greed and waste and laziness?  This campaign is sponsored by non-religious people who see the waste.  Lets join them in their plea.

Not because it is Christian

Not because God said so. 

But because it is right (which is inclusive of both God and Christianity . . . in theory anyway)

Let your friends and family know about this week.

And don’t be a regular schmuck and watch TV this week.


4 thoughts on “Hey! Turn off that TV!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think that it’s fair for you to say that day care is above family. If you’re in the situation where your wife can stay home with the kids, GREAT! Awesome. But be happy about it, feel blessed, and stop automatically jumping to conclusions and being judgemental toward people who aren’t as blessed!!

  2. Bridger says:


    Thanks for the comment. A couple things:

    (One) I am not judging those who don’t have another solution. I am not really judging (as in condemning, sentencing, fining) anyone. I am simply writing commentary on our society’s values. That being said, it is my belief (I don’t ask you to buy into this), that daycare should be the last resort in any situation. Obviously, single mothers don’t have much of a choice. If you are a single mother I apologize if you felt judged.

    (Two) I see people serve money and career over their kids. They want to have it all at once (big house, two new cars, jet skiis, AND have kids). So, both mum and dad work fulltime so they can afford their lifestyle of choice. In the meantime, the kids are raised by other people. AND THEN, they wonder why they have no influence on them as they get older. It is because they have given up that right. Someone else has raised them.

  3. Bridger says:

    Oops . . . I pushed the publish button early.

    Anyway, I don’t think that daycare is inherently sinful, I just think that we don’t often sit down and evaluate our priorities. We don’t shape our own values. We allow those to be shaped by consumerism and greed.

    As for me and my situation:
    I have had to make that choice. My wife and I both have college degrees (and believe me she could have a far more successsful career than me), BUT we have a chosen to sacrifice financially so we can be with our kids. I make less than $27,000 a year. We don’t have a house, we don’t have new cars, and we don’t have a huge savings account. BUT, we are provided for.

    If I am sounding prideful, please know that I am just trying to be honest. For those of you who have kept up with this blog, you know that I am honest about my failure too.

    Thank You for being honest. I value honesty.

    Please visit and comment again.

  4. Grammy says:

    I just read about this week being about no t.v…Wish I would have been more aware or on top of it so we could have mentioned it yesterday at church. I think it’s very valuable…and a great challenge for people so they can actually identify how much time they spend i front of it. For me, you know all too well probably, just how much I DON’T watch t.v. To me it’s mostly an unwanted intrusion in to my home…except when Extreme Home Makeover is on…:) I like that one.

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