rn: re: TV turn off & TV in US


Jan Slakov

Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 16:50:30 -0400
From: Brian Townsend <•••@••.•••>
Subject: TV turn-off week - Just say NO to TV

Hello Jan

Since our family abandoned TV in 1979 and have lived happily without it ever
since, going without TV for a week doesn't seem like much of a challenge.
It's time for something bigger. I think those corporate powers will shrug
off a short week protest. They need a bigger message than that. Since you
know every message is slanted and you will never get the straight goods from
that box why not
turn your back on TV for a year. Put a big sign covering the screen that
says "Just say NO!". I'm confident that after a year of no TV few people
would go back to it. If you're afraid to go cold turkey, unplug that cable,
disable the antenna. Now you have a video monitor for watching the
occasional ad-free movie with your VCR.

Jan Slakov wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Culture Jammers Network [mailto:•••@••.•••]
> Sent: Monday, March 13, 2000 7:28 PM
> Subject: TV Turnoff Week
> *********************************
> TV TURNOFF WEEK April 22 - 28
> *********************************
> Hi fellow jammers,
> A handful of megacorporations now control most of the global
> information flows and routinely censor opinions that challenge their
> interests and profitability.
> What are we going to do about it?
> TV Turnoff Week, April 22-28 is a start. Millions of people leaving
> their screens blank for a week is a powerful gesture of consumer
> sovereignty and will lead to bigger things down the road.

Brian Townsend

"If the world is saved, it will be saved by people with changed minds,
people with a new vision. It will not be saved by people with the old vision
but new programs." --Daniel Quinn -from "the Story of B"

NOTE from Jan: Me too, I don't have TV at home. Sometimes a pain when i want
to watch excellent videos, but I think it really helps me have time to do
all the things I do. 

Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 10:36:32 EST
Subject: oops, Monday is not Tuesday, and the Media
From: Curtiss Priest <•••@••.•••>

For the responses to the FCC on the future of television,
March 27th is next Monday.

Prior message:

              A CITS MEDIA WATCH Supplement
                       March 20, 2000

As we mentioned in February, there is a unique opportunity
for you to enter your opinions about the future of American

In response to a petition from People for Better TV (see
www.bettertv.org), the FCC has asked for comments to be
submitted about the "Public Interest Obligations" of Television

These comments may be submitted electronically at:


These comments are due next Monday [not Tuesday], the 27th.

Comments need not be long and they may address a single issue
you might have.

Below is a plain text copy of our submission.  Most of you
will probably not have the time to visit a television station
to view their public record or to keep diaries about the
content of television.  But, you may get some ideas from our
submission or think of things we didn't address.

Many of you probably have strong opinions about what constitutes
American Television and ways it might be better.

If you go to the above FCC address, the whole process will
take about ten minutes for a short comment.

    1.  You identify the "proceeding" -- 99-360
    2.  You fill in a form with your address
    3.  You type your comments into a box
    4.  You press the submit button

Please do so by the 27th.


W. Curtiss Priest