1. We have never done anything "preachy" for TV Turnoff Week. Nobody is
made to feel guilty for not participating. This is an experiment in life we
offer, nothing more. Many people report that the experiment is successful.
I have not yet had anyone say that they have regretted participating.
2. Church/cult analogy: not especially applicable. This program is about
the AMOUNT of time people spend watching TV, not its content. I don't care
if you watch National Geographic all day--if you're watching all day,
there's something wrong. If you spent twenty-eight hours a week going to
church services--of any kind--most people would probably agree that you have
3. We include computer and video games in our turnoff. The idea is to get
out from behind that screen and do something different.
4. When a TCI cable public relations person phoned me to complain about the
turnoff one year, I invited her to bring someone to do a presentation on
"responsible television viewing." The answer was--and still is--"we'll get
back to you on that."
In the meantime, I see no objection to continuing to offer our little
one-week experiment. It's like the materials in our collection--if it
doesn't appeal to you, don't do it.
Oksana said: Rob, for you to assume that the teenagers you work with are
devoid of any
critical thought in terms of the television they watch, is not giving them
and Rob replies: Huh? I wouldn't presume to judge the quality of anyones
thought. Teenagers or otherwise. I thought what I was saying was it is
about how one spends one's time. We all get a finite amount and I don't
want to spend a disproportionate amount of mine "watching" anything
representing an experience instead of "having" an experience. I'm sure you
will agree that I'm not thinking about this very hard at all, I resent time
spent in front of this screen as well, I'm just shooting my mouth off.
Bonnie will attest that I do this early and often in our library. rob
Eugene (Oregon) Public Library